Interior Finishing

Wall and ceiling coverings, mouldings and doors

LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House

Guide

Reclaimed sunken lumber for wood ceiling

Choosing between wood and drywall for ceilings

Wood is a natural material with no off-gassing and no treatment necessary.

Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House

Choosing the best drywall - video

Drywall may all look the same sitting in stacks in the store but they are very different in performance, strength and ecological impact

Interior solid pine door

Interior finishing

Whether you are renovating or building, the materials you choose for interior finishing will affect not only aesthetics, but also indoor air quality. Here is...

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.

Naturally finished red oak floors

Flooring material options

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 materi...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams

All about wood

The sight of a tree falling can easily trigger something even in the most unlikely environmentalist. Ignoring that visual, wood can be a much greener materia...

Installing foam panels in ceiling

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

Rigid foam boards are not all the same. You will need to choose between polyisocyanurate, EPS and XPS. Choosing wrong may lead to premature failure of your b...

How to install siding

Drainage planes and air spaces: Siding installation tips so your walls can dry.

Recycled building materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

Finding used building materials on classified lists and through online brokers

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics.

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub

Recycled & reclaimed materials

Recycled building materials can add character to a home while you save money and reduce building waste in landfills.

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