natural building products / Guides

What to do with old coffee grounds
Lifestyle and environment

Here is what old coffee grounds are good for - including skin care !

...natural home remedies and green lifestyle tips in the the following pages: How to make your own natural paint Tru Earth Eco Strip Laundry detergent Growing Food at Home in Small Spaces - 7 Top Tips Why you should never use coffee grounds in your garden! Find more about green living and gre...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...building tips & guide videos for LEED, Zero Energy & Passive House on the EcoHome YouTube channel here Super-insulated wall assembly, in kit form The prefab high-performance walls of this Passive House & LEED ready home kit are made almost exclusively using ecological materials from natural sources: double-stud woo...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...products and manufacturers will have specific instructions for the application of their products, so we won't get into too great detail here. But the short story is - a day or so after completing the densifier, you can apply a final sealer. Normally you would just apply it to the floor and buff it with a high-speed bur...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...Building Guide pages Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : How to service HRV & ERV units at home for optimum efficiency Where to buy and choose safe zero VOC paints Choosing formaldehyde and VOC free new furniture How to create a healthy home office ...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...Building advice , see our Green Home Building guide pages to learn more about easy energy efficient home improvements , how to properly insulate an attic , When to replace old windows and when to repair them , How to choose the best windows and everything else you need to know about planning a renovation or new buildin...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...natural roof ventilation enough? Natural roof ventilation is generally sufficient for removing moisture from attics in colder climates . Air circulates naturally due to temperature differences in the roof, so there is generally no need for mechanical or electrically assisted ventilation. This is only true of course i...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...building industry without much in-depth discussions or balanced and experienced views about the downsides of spray foam insulation. So....time for a look as the less appealing aspects so we can all make informed decisions. The disadvantages of spray foam insulation as a green building product Regardless of the ad...

How to organize food in your fridge to make it last longer
Lifestyle and environment

Fridge organization - how to optimize fridges to reduce food waste (and why it matters)

...Natural Gas (once considered a green option) is no longer considered favorably, as it leaks from the natural gas delivery system just like regular gas does (One of the main reasons why natural gas is being phased out in homes ). Optimizing fridges, know your fridge and food basics! It may surprise most people, but ...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...building envelope is a potential recipe for disaster. The best pre-emptive strike against the possibility of a nightmare exterior wall renovation and insulation project is educating yourself - so you don’t get talked into the wrong wall system by a poorly-informed general contractor. Start by watching our ‘building s...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...building your raised beds on top of existing earth you wilI have some leeway here. I have successfully gardened in boxes built over earth with only one foot of soil depth. You can find both detailed instructions for building a raised beds and multiple choices online, or For Seeds, Plants, Tools & Gardening products O...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...natural phenomenon of the planet, like the sun, like the rain, like the gravity, like the wind, the condensation, the convection, all of the natural phenomenon of the planet are studied and observed and built into these buildings so that they, through encounter with the natural phenomenon become a living breathing orga...