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...zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore , which is also zero emissions but which has been superceded.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

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...VOCs Environmental benefits of rice straw MDF Rice straw MDF is produced from an agricultural waste product that currently has very little value , it can’t even be used as feedstock due to a lack of nutritional value. Anytime organic waste materials are converted into useable materials it sequesters carbon (acts ...

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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...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 the first year. The ...

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

...zero VOC hemp flooring materials, you can learn more about green building materials that are natural, non-toxic and sustainable here: Buy hemp insulation in Canada & USA How to choose eco-friendly, healthy, durable floors See this 90 year old reclaimed red pine floor refinished with zero VOC floor oil...

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...zero! (excluding perhaps a low level in the coloring if separately tinted.) Oil based floor finishes & varnish are high in VOC's: If there is a 'pro' to oil ...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...Zero VOC GreenForce adhesive from Bostik. We thank them both for taking part in this project, helping us reach our target of LEED Platinum while creating a healthy and beautiful interior living space. For more home building inspiration, check out our newest concept house, the LEED V4 Platinum Wakefield House with sol...

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, and watch for the colourants as well - some brands advertize that they have zero VOCs in their paints, but fail to mention that they are present in the colourants...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...VOC-free. VOCs will continue to release toxic fumes for years after application. Water-based sealants and adhesives will be less toxic, and while silicone has a heavy ecological footprint in production, it's inert and harmless after it dries. Choosing interior doors: Reclaimed doors Pros : Reusing materials d...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

As owners of this net zero energy home construction project , we acted as both the designer and general contractor. The objective for the new home (to replace a 1950’s bungalow with all the imaginable problems that could come with it) was to design and build a home for a family of 4 that is fun, comfortable to live in...

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...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...zero VOC and formaldehyde-free prefinished plywood call UV Wood from Columbia Forest Products . The cost is comparable to other wood wall coverings and drywall as well when you factor the full cost. Plywood panels are of course more expensive than drywall, but finishing joints with wood trim is much quicker than drywal...