Paints & Finishes

Safe, healthy and durable paints and surface finishes

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Polished concrete floors and counters

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

Non-toxic and durable finish for polished concrete floors, especially when using natural beeswax floor polishes for the Eco-friendly Green Building choice for finishing a concrete floor beautifully.… Polished concrete floors are extremely durable and non-toxic; silicate-based densifiers keep them that way and make it …

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 …

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore

Choosing safe paints

Choosing zero VOC paints and finishes for your home ensures safer indoor air quality.… There is a current trend towards limiting the production of solvent-based paints, replacing them with solvent-free or water-based paints. The move towards safe paint has led to a noticeable improvement in indoor air quality since th…

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

How to build decks with greater durability - permits, deck materials, railings, foundations & construction techniques for longer lasting decks including natural wood finishing oils & stains… Deck building topics for durable deck construction: Meeting setbacks and getting building permits in Canada & US Creating a sol…

Balanced insulation levels in a green home

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

Homes are often over-insulated in some parts and relatively under-insulated others. Balanced insulation when building a Green Home means applying your insulation dollars where they are most needed.… Home Insulation, How Much do I need & Where? Think of the heat in your home as if it were water behind a dam, and that i…

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 buildi…

Heating an off-grid home

Off-grid heating systems

Post 3 in Craig Anderson's off-grid living blog covers heating systems - what worked, what didn't, and what changes were made.… This is the third post in a blog series called Sunshine Saved written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home.  Being a n…

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

Crawlspaces are very rare as part of a new home construction nowadays in USA & Canada. If you've got one here's how to fix it.… Crawlspace insulation - be careful to get it right A crawlspace comes with all the downsides of a basement, but it is just too low a space to be functional either beyond the folded plastic ch…

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 non-tox…

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

The flat plate solar thermal collector from Viessmann has a modulating collector to prevent overheating.…   Solar thermal panels in cold climates are at risk of freezing in winter, so in the North, we use a glycol mix as a heat transfer fluid. This prevents panels from freezing but introduces new problems in the summe…

Choosing a building lot

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

Finding a suitable building lot requires a lot of consideration and research; here are some things to look for.… It is not illegal to sell an unbuildable lot, so buyers beware. Any number of roadblocks can prevent you from building the house you want, or any house at all, so before you make a purchase make sure you ca…

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