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Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

Home offices are being used much more than before, and we're staying inside more than we should - Here's how to use Biophilic Design in a Home Office for better health. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have daydreamed on more than one occasion of having the luxury of being able to work from home. Oh, the thought…

Under bed storage

Storage ideas for small spaces

Design and furnishing ideas to make the best use of empty spaces in a home. From underneath a bed, under a subfloor or the underside of the staircase, there are many underutilized areas in a home that can make life in a small home a lot less cluttered. Here are some ideas on how to transform dead space into storage…

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

Flame retardants are found in almost all manufactured materials. They pose a serious health risk yet are virtually useless for preventing fires. With the intention of reducing the speed at which flames can spread, fire-retardant compounds are added to almost all the materials we furnish our homes with: children's…

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build

Interior furnishings & decor

Protect your air quality with chemical-free home furnishings.   Protecting your indoor air quality: Any renovation or building project is exciting, but it can also be exhausting and emotionally taxing. Right at the end when it's time to furnish your new space can be one of the hardest times to stick to your…

Vinyl record album

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

One of the more common plastics used inside and outside of our homes is so toxic it is banned in many countries in Europe. The production of vinyl (also known as PVC- polyvinyl chloride) accounts for approximately 40% of the chlorine gas produced in North America. Vinyl is highly polluting in production, and as a…

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks

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

Formaldehyde-free & Eco-friendly MDF alternative interior finishing wood products such as Rice Stalk MDF panels are coming to the USA & Canada. Zero VOC to improve the indoor air quality of homes and protect our health. Formaldehyde-free MDF made from rice - available at distributors in USA & Canada There is a…

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

With the help of the Ecohome design team, home builder Alain Hamel builds "The Most Resilient House in North America". The first house designed under our Passive Solar Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogami House is a living laboratory of high…

The Archipod

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

The Archipod: Beautiful, Functional & Environmentally Sound. I'm sure we can all agree that as the cost and inconvenience of commuting to work continues to escalate, the advances in networking technology are making the possibility of working from home a viable alternative to schlepping ourselves to the office. When…

Green cleaning products

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

How toxic is the air in your home? Learn simple ways to keep your home clean while protecting your indoor air quality. 1.) Leave cleaning solvents and bleach behind. The smell of disinfectants that we have been conditioned to think of as 'clean' are anything but. Along with being harmful to the environment in…

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

Normally Homes & Indoor Spaces Should be Ventilated with Outdoor Air - But What Should we do when It's Smoky Outside? How to protect our Health when our high efficiency Homes have HRV, ERV or Central Aircon Systems. How to protect indoor air quality from smoke during wildfires in homes with HVAC? As we move towards…

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

Wood ceilings are a beautiful natural material with no off-gassing and no treatment necessary so why do we systematically choose drywall. Wood ceilings - what's the the skinny? Ahhh, the charm of a wood ceiling, seriously, what's not to like? The intent of this page is less about talking you out of installing gypsum…

News

Toboom - Winner of Formica Canada’s Industrial Design Competition

Canadian students win first prize at Formica’s 2021 FORM Student Innovation Competition

This year marked the fourth year Formica Canada ran it's FORM design competition, and the second year that it was won by Canadian design students. Formica Canada runs an annual design competition called the FORM Student Innovation Competition, and it has been won by University of Montreal students Bénédicte Laurent…

Tiny Houses now Legal in Washington State

Tiny Houses - Washington State legalizes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA

Tiny Houses – New Washington State Legislation ESSB 5383 Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages & minimum building codes for construction. New WA State Legislation Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages: Tiny houses, also colloquially referred to as tiny homes, are both an increasingly attractive and affordable…

NAHB finds Slab on Grade Foundations are Most Popular in 2020

Home foundation trends in 2020 are encouraging for sustainability as slab on grade wins

The National Association of Home Builders just completed a study of home foundation trends for 2020 in the US, and the results were both surprising and encouraging! Slab on grade foundations are a clear winner. It's slab on grade foundations for the win! The NAHB study showed that 65% of new single-family home…

Vale Inco Living With Lakes Centre

Perkins + Will Named One of 2013's Most Innovative Companies in Architecture World Wide.

Congratulations to Perkins + WIll for securing their spot on Fast Company's list of the top ten most innovative architecture firms in the world. Having admired their work on numerous occasions we are not at all surprised that Perkins + Will made the Fast Company list of the world's top ten most innovative companies…