natural building materials / Guides

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...building materials (PCMs) and how they can be incorporated into buildings to improve energy-efficiency by harnessing a naturally-occurring physical reality, 'the melting point'. When looking for commercially available phase change drywall and other building materials, we first came across Thermal Core, a drywall prod...

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

...building materials that preserve natural resources and contribute to healthier indoor air quality in homes. Learn more about how hemp floor boards are produced in the video below. Now that you know about formaldehyde-free, zero VOC hemp flooring materials, you can learn more about green building materials t...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...Natural Grass Insulation Batts and Rigid Boards Carbon capture & storage with building materials Where most building materials have a ‘carbon footprint’, meaning the amount of embodied energy required to extract raw materials and manufacture products , some natural building materials, like the grass insulation fr...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...building materials around the globe, particularly something as weighty as granite. It is for this reason that the credit MR5 in the Materials and Resources category of LEED for Homes certification exists. To get a point for buying local, LEED has a limit of 800km by truck or 2400km by rail or water for the transporta...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...Materials were collected and stored in their yard while the wood dried and plans were finalized. All said and done, a good portion of the materials for this project were not only local, they came from within 5 feet of the building site. The whole process of building this backyard studio (which Brian and Colleen have ...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...natural systems and processes. Each of the six established Biophilic Design Elements must be represented for every 2,000 m2 of the project: Environmental features Natural shapes and forms Natural patterns and processes Light and space Place-based relationships Evolved human-nature relationships Materi...

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

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

...natural building products such as : Hemp insulation Natural Earth Paints Non-toxic natural finishing oil for wood that protect indoor air quality And to see more guide page in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...building that does not sacrifice design. Sited facing the bank of a stream-fed pond, this four-season house is nestled into a natural slope. Extensive 14-ft high glazing offers expansive views of the landscape and access to a full-length deck. Bedrooms are located on opposite ends of the rectangular plan, book-ending...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...building materials to avoid. Other natural building materials: Wood is a natural and renewable material that is a staple of green home construction, but wood is not the only bio-based material you can find. There are other natural building products that we’ve used in other demo houses, or that we’ve recently seen a...

Natural swimming pool design DIY (NSP) for eco homes
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural pools and natural swimming pools

...natural pools are becoming more common here as well. Why choose a natural swimming pool over a chlorinated pool? Natural pools can be big enough to swim in and are eco-friendly - image via natural swimming pools Swimming in a chlorinated pool is refreshing and enjoyable on a hot day, but pales in comparison t...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants and some other natural materials. There are also no heavy metals used in the colouring pigments, so it is a completely sustainably-made and healthy product. "In our natural wood finishes we use a...