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All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

Natural building materials such as hemp flooring or HempWood contribute to healthy indoor air quality; they can also act as carbon storage & preserve natural resources & forests traditionally used for wood flooring products. Natural building products such as hemp flooring are gaining in popularity for those who want…

Slate tile installation in bathrooom

Slate Tile installation - video

Slate tiles for finishing bathroom counter, floors and shower stalls. We have finished the bathroom counter, floors and shower stalls with a dark slate tile from Glendyne. Slate is a natural stone, so its surfaces have more character and inconsistencies in texture - and at times in thickness - than manufactured…

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video

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

Looking for a non-toxic Flooring Material that is a renewable, sustainable & Eco-Friendly green flooring product choice? Try Cork. Cork flooring, pros & cons Cork is a renewable resource, harvested from trees without killing them. Although it comes from far away (mostly Portugal), its carbon footprint from…

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

Marmoleum is not just your grandmothers floor anymore, this healthy, durable flooring is an excellent choice for even the most modern of homes. Remember linoleum? Meet marmoleum! Remember linoleum, that durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes? These days, its called…

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil

Sanding your own wood floors

This is one place where you can safely save some money. Sanding wood floors is a time consuming but relatively easy procedure. Sanding wood floors & refinishing yourself will definitely save money, and even an inexperienced homeowner can likely do a better job than the lowest bidding handyperson who quotes on it…

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

Find healthy and durable flooring that is right for you. The following is list of the pros and cons, durability, cost and lifespan of various flooring materials. The floors you choose really create the atmosphere in your home and give it its identity. The first considerations should be to choose a durable and…

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

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

Prefab homes make choosing an Architect designed LEED or Passive House high performance house design easy. All the important choices of non-toxic Sustainable materials have been made, add a building lot & in a few months you're home & dry (& warm!). Prefab Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified…

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice

Hemp building supplies

Hemp fibreboard cabinetry materials as an alternative to standard wood boards for kitchen cabinets - why it makes Eco-friendly sense. Hemp is a very sustainable construction material that is no longer just a fringe product; rather, it is becoming a more accessible mainstream building product, most notably as…

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil

How to find a healthier wood finish

A wood floor will need to be sealed and protected but many products have a detrimental effect on air quality as they still contain VOC's which are best avoided if possible. Is Polyurethane floor seal non-toxic? In North America, polyurethane varnish is used almost exclusively as a wood floor finish, but the majority…

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

Kunos oil from Livos is a natural finishing oil for floors, counters, furniture & decks - enrich wood surfaces safely, protect them from stains & water ingress. Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants…

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

Understanding the performance characteristics & limitations of different types of insulation before you make a purchase & start to build or renovate a high performance home is important. Not all insulation materials are the same, and they are not always interchangeable A basic understanding of how walls work is…

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