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Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

Laminate countertops are traditionally a "cheap" counter option, favored by cookie-cutter home builders, but as there are now better laminate countertops out there for sustainable green homes, we thought we'd give them another look & see how to choose...… Are laminate counters good? Laminate countertops were a long-ti…

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 …

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… How to Choose Eco-Friendly Drywall: There is a lot more to choosing drywall than one might think, and as it finds its way into pretty much every building made, a lot of resources ar…

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 a look at the pros and cons of the different materials you will have to choose from.… Adhesives and sealants: Modern homes have a lot more caulking and adhesives…

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

Kitchen counter alternatives to pressed wood: composite paper, aluminum, recycled porcelain, glass and quartz. Here is a look at their durability and cost.… The most common kitchen counters you will find in homes are traditional laminate countertops. And they certainly live up to the adage ‘you get what you pay for’, …

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

The ECO brand Kitchen counter from Cosentino is part of the quartz family but is made with 75% recycled materials for Sustainability & hard wearing properties .… Healthier Kitchen Components - Countertops If you're into healthy Green Homes like we are here at EcoHome, there's a lot to think about when choosing a healt…

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

Kitchen cabinets can off-gas formaldehyde and countless other chemicals for years after they have been installed. Here is a price comparison of some Green Kitchen cabinet choices for better indoor air quality (IAQ).… Green kitchen cabinets - why does it matter? To improve the air quality of your home, that's why! “Ind…

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

Make an informed decision when picking kitchen counters - think about cost, but also durability, and how your choice of materials will affect your health.… How to price a sustainable kitchen countertop? As a professional cabinetmaker, I have often been asked how much a kitchen costs. There is no accurate answer of cou…

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 bui…

Cambrian Black Granite

Granite counter tops

Granite makes for great counters, but for the most part Canadian granite has a pretty consistent colour, which doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for design. The discovery of Cambrian Black granite in Saguenay,Quebec means there is a little variety availa… There are substantial environmental impacts that come with shi…

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 homes …

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