Wood finishes / Guides

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...wood finishing oil can even be used on childrens toys © Livos Kunos is an impregnating wood oil that acts as a dye, sealant and finish; it bonds with the interior of the wood but continues to let it breathe. This helps preserve the natural beauty of wood and enhance the grain and colour. As far as durability ...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...wood. Cedar and larch are local, very durable and resistant to rot. This process can also be done with other common woods such as pine, hemlock, maple or oak and is the perfect finish to the exterior of a variety of wood framing materials . How carbonized wood finish is made: Wooden boards are burnt on each side,...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...wood floor finish , but the majority of them are high in VOC's which are detrimental to interior air quality and health. For this reason non-toxic wood floor finishing oils are gaining in popularity. There are a lot of benefits to oiled floors, especially with softwood which are prone to damage - it's very easy to touc...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...wood will probably become less noticeable, especially when building a certified Green Home with eco-friendly drywall. Reclaimed river wood installed on ceiling © Ecohome Paint and finishes for drywall & wood ceilings: You need to prime and paint drywall but you do not need to do anything with wood. Some peopl...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...wood. Choosing FSC products promotes the market for responsible forestry management. Engineered hardwood floors: Engineered wood is comprised of several layers of plywood forming the core of your flooring, with a top layer of hardwood. When finished, engineered wood will look like any other hardwood floor. ...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...Finishes can be applied before or after the ambering disappears. While floors made from the renewable woods cork and bamboo remain popular, it can be difficult to determine whether the wood is sustainably harvested. Also, some manufactures use adhesives containing chemical solvents to hold the layers of wood together...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...wood veneer plywood © Columbia Forest Products Plywood Plywood is most commonly found as a 4 x 8' panel that is made from thin sheets of wood veneer that are bonded together using phenol formaldehyde glues, although certain manufacturers are leading the way with formaldehyde-free plywood products. Plywood is us...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...wood siding products Composite wood siding © Céline Lecomte Composite wood refers to the repurposing of waste wood into usable siding products. Small chips and sawdust can be steam pressed into a very close likeness of actual wood siding, including the addition of realistic looking 'grain'. ...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...wood and ceramic tile floors, and in a spray bottle it does an excellent job on glass and mirrors. Dish soap and laundry detergent are easily found in biodegradable, phosphate-free and unscented varieties. 2.) Dispose of leftover paint. It can be hard to let go of leftover matching colours, but if you have a bunc...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...wood lumber to the housing industry. Read more here about other hemp building materials on the market and why they are sustainable. Hardwood flooring companies will on occasion use wood reclaimed from river beds , recycled barn boards, or renewable building materials such as bamboo, but this hemp flooring from ...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...Wood dust from cutting Dust from cutting drywall and sanding drywall compounds VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in paints and primers Formaldehyde and other chemicals present in building materials VOCs from adhesives and surface finishes Airborne fibers from insulation batts Off-gassing of foam insulation ...