Zero VOC Paint / Guides

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore , which is also zero emissions but which has been superceded. Some paint companies will offer zero VOC paint but neglect to tell you that there are other dangerous chemicals as well as VOCs in the colourants. Be sure to enquire about this, Benjamin Moore is one brand we know that is e...

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy
Healthy indoor air quality

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...paint (even low or zero VOC products) is applied. The odor is only noticeable for the first few days after the paint dries, but the toxins continue to off-gas for 3-5 years afterwards. According to the environmental standard Green Seal , only 50% of the VOC paint emissions in a new coat of latex paint are emitted in th...

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

...paints, floor finishes will contain varying levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), or if you're a really shrewd shopper, none at all - see here for an article on zero VOC paint and the difference to low VOC paints . While the smell may be gone in days or weeks, the effects won't be. It will take years before VO...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...paint. There are a lot of places you just don't need to put caulking if you can live with a more traditional look of trims, but regardless of how much you use it, try to find brands that are VOC-free. VOCs will continue to release toxic fumes for years after application. Water-based sealants and adhesives will be l...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...paint in the walls so if you’re gutting it at all wear a good respirator. Lead paint by the way, once painted over with lead-free paint , is generally harmless. It’s only in renovating that you need to be concerned. By this point older homes with lead paint have likely had a few coats on them, so it is relatively wel...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...Painting: Most paints contain VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which are harmful to breath , so look for those that are VOC free. Buying 'low VOC' paint is a bit like buying 'light' cigarettes, whereas zero VOC is more like quitting. It's not that much more money for zero VOC, and watch for the colourants as well - so...

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?

...paint yet. To do one coat of primer and two finishing coats you’d need 8 cans and it would easily take a day and a half with taping. At that same rate of $40 an hour and assuming $40 per can for a middle-of-the-road low-VOC paint, for a drywalled ceiling you’d be looking at an approximate installed cost of $3,200. Th...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...zero VOC paint; 2x4 stud wall at 24 centres as wiring chase, with mineral wool batts R 14; polyethylene air/vapour barrier; 2x8 stud wall at 24" centres with mineral wool batts R 28; 1"1/4 exterior mineral wool board R5; plywood sheathing; house wrap; strapping; cement board siding. The ceiling is a...

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

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...zero VOC paints , or even how to make DIY non toxic paint here in the EcoHome Green Building Guides

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

...paint are applied, to both sides, so your job is simply to cut the siding to length, paint the ends, and install it. A reputable company will give your siding a warranty up around 15 years, and potentially up to 30 years if you apply a coat of paint within that first 15 years. If you prefer to paint your wood siding ...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...zero VOC paint, or even low-flow toilets when they all first came out. Natural insulation materials like these can easily cost you double the price of standard insulation products, so don’t get your hopes up too high if you’re building a house on a super tight budget. That said, for some people this can be a necess...