natural building products / Guides

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

...Natural building products such as hemp flooring are gaining in popularity for those who want healthy homes with sustainable eco-friendly building materials. Hemp is a very sustainable crop given the quick growing time and the amount of carbon sequestered in hemp building products. A hemp crop goes from seed to ready-to...

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

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...natural insulation batts made from meadow grass fibers, has many of the same properties as our other favorite natural insulation products, which we will discuss below. Gramitherm Natural Grass Insulation Batts and Rigid Boards Carbon capture & storage with building materials Where most building materials have...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...building materials. This can serve to limit material choices somewhat, Italian marble for example won't win you any points. This new Cambrian Black granite quarry is located in Saguenay and operated by Polycor , which has thirty sites, the majority of which are in Quebec. "Of all our products, Cambrian black is one...

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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...natural building or a home with natural paints or plasters, you can tell instantly. Natural earth pigment colors and textures bring an unmistakable warmth and coziness to a room – not to mention healthy air quality in your home . Every room in my conventional, drywalled home is painted with a natural clay paint that's ...

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...

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...

Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line
Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

...building materials is growing rapidly among individual builders, as well as architects and general contractors, and the demand is coming from all across Canada & USA " See all about Hemp Building Materials here in the EcoHome Green Building Guides

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

...natural floor oils is the winner - especially if the products are specifically formulated from natural oils and pigments for treating and staining floors . Aside from that, it could be argued that additional benefits include aesthetics and maintenance. Pine floor finished with natural oil © Brian Blak Rather th...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...buildings, and taking advantage of its thermal mass by keeping it inside the building envelope can help regulate interior temperatures. There is also an increasing use of precast concrete in the building industry, which offers advantages in terms of environmental impact, cost and speed of construction - especially if c...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...Natural mud finish walls Natural finished walls with mud and natural earth pigments is another beautiful, healthy, sustainable…if extremely labor intensive… building method. Similar to lath and plaster, it requires a substrate to support the material, whether that is wooden slats, plywood, or another other substance ...