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...zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore , which is also zero emissions but which has been superceded.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 t...

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 f...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...paint removal. Be sure to use a proper mask because older painted doors will almost certainly contain lead paint. You can often find them on used material websi...

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

...VOCs per can of water based polyurethane; compare that with a low VOC paint which will have about 50 grams, or Zero VOC paint which will have... wait for it...z...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...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, an...

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....

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?

...zero-VOC paints , you will protect workers and occupants health, it would also reduce your carbon footprint and the amount of pollution generated compared to ch...

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 w...

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

...VOCs) , including formaldehyde, to protect your indoor air quality. For finishings and maintenance - again to protect your air quality - look for zero VOC paint...

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 standar...