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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 of…

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 sp…

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 toys…

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 environmen…

Living green wall

Living walls: what they do and don't do

Bring nature into your home with a living green wall, but don't count on it for air purification. It is well-documented that indoor air is filled with contaminants, mostly due to cooking (specifically burning) and improperly vented combustion appliances (woodstoves, gas water heaters, gas ranges, etc.). Following that…

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

Living in a recycled shipping container home may not be all its cracked up to be. Here is a look at the ups and downs of this housing trend, and whether we think shipping container homes are good or bad as a tiny home choice. Shipping container homes are gaining popularity globally, especially as Tiny Houses, as they…

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

Natural insulation materials such as hemp insulation, cellulose (including grass based), wood fiber, straw and cotton act as carbon storage and reduce embodied energy and carbon footprint of homes & buildings. Natural building insulation materials In order to combat the climate change impact of the built environment…

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

When building a new home, especially a sustainable high-performance home, planning everything out in detail will save time, money & stress, while ensuring the best possible choice of building materials for the budget. Proper planning is the key to successfully building a sustainable green home. An energy-efficient ‘ec…

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, viruses

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

Finding the right high-efficiency home air filter for furnaces & ventilation systems is essential for keeping indoor air clean, healthy & protecting us from allergens, animal dander, pollen, mold spores & maybe worse. What are home air filters used for?   Air filters on air handling units such as furnaces, HRV and ERV…

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics. I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold climates are a bad idea. A coincidence of names; just putting that out there so The…

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

Basement mold and mildew can easily be avoided with better designed walls. Common building practices trap moisture in wall assemblies preventing them from drying. That musty, moldy basement smell that we have come to accept as unavoidable, is actually quite avoidable. The solution is really quite simple - stop buildin…