Kevin Royce at Eco Building Resource sent me a list of new products he has available.
Kevin Royce at Eco Building Resource sent me a list of new products he has available.
New products from Kevin Royce over at Eco Building Resource:
Enviro Poxy EP 100
An advanced environmentally friendly, two component, 100% solids epoxy coating system.
No VOC’s. No solvents. No water.
No harmful fumes and virtually no odor.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency approved.
Ideal for warehouses, schools, hospitals and where ever a durable & safe finish is required.
1 litre kit approx. coverage 100 sq.ft $39.95
A revolutionary new product that eliminates dirty, dusty floor vents during construction.
A durable frame that provides a perfect flange for any flooring abutment.
A removable, re-usable filter and grill.
Made In Canada from recycled materials.
The only attic insulating cover that safely protects all recessed can light fixtures from overheating and energy loss.
Conserves up to 98% of the energy that would be otherwise be lost through make-shift barriers, and safely vents away excess heat that would be trapped in other types of light covers.
Low Profile Series $25.95 ea.
For more information about any of the above products, please visit the Eco Building Resource website or call 877-741-3535.
In May, we had a surprise rainstorm which inundated Montreal with so much water, manhole covers were shooting off and fountains of sewer and rain water were pouring into the streets. In our neighbourhood, there was very little we could do at the time to prevent flooding; the water poured down driveways that led into basements (like ours), it bubbled up through toilets and overflowed into homes, and, as one of my friends told me, it bubbled up through her concrete basement floor, flooding her entire basement with a solid four inches of water. Four inches of water might not seem like a lot, but take a look at how much stuff you have touching the floor from hockey equipment to tools to cardboard storage boxes. If you have a finished basement it’s even worse with carpets, furniture and electronics potentially affected by flood water.
So even if you get a toilet drain backstop and sewer drain backstop, you might be pulling your hair out wondering how to avoid water from bubbling up through the concrete. I figured there had to be a product out there to stop that, so I contacted Kevin Royce at Eco Building Resource, and sure enough, he recommended RadonSeal. While RadonSeal is made primarily for protecting homes against– you guessed it — radon gas infiltration, it’s also an excellent product for sealing concrete against water and mold infiltration.
Concrete is porous, which is why, if you’ve ever spilled any liquid on an unsealed concrete slab, the liquid will seep into the slab before you can clean it up. But what goes down through the concrete, can also come up and hence the problems during intense rainstorms. Because of concrete’s porosity, when there’s enough pressure from the ground below, water will eventually find its way through the concrete — water always takes the path of least resistance.
RadonSeal protects concrete floors and walls by penetrating into the concrete and blocking the porous holes. It prevents radon gas, water and vapor infiltration. According to the website it is non-toxic, zero VOC and penetrates concrete up to 4 inches to seal it. RadonSeal leaves the surface paintable after application.
It is applied with a spray-gun like the type used with a garden hose, it needs two applications over an unpainted or untreated concrete floor — or walls, but it is a permanent application and never needs to be applied again. For concrete slabs over 20 years old, use RadonSeal Plus.
Cost: Order in Canada through Eco Building Resource. $209.99 (CDN) for a 20L pail. Coverage for concrete slab: 1000 square feet @ 2 coats/coverage. For concrete blocks: 500 sq ft, cinder blocks: 400 sq ft.
Radon gas: If you’re wondering about radon gas and its dangers, here is a link to information on it from Health Canada:
For years, I gave myself “green marks” for buying tableware, décor and furniture at garage sales. But by shifting to online classified sites, I think I’ve taken a step to becoming even greener. Don’t get me wrong – buying second-hand stuff at yard sales is one the easiest, most economical ways to reduce your carbon footprint. I’m just not crazy about rising at 6 a.m. on a weekend to drive across town, only to return home without that special item I was searching for.
I’ve tried several online selling sites, but have settled on Kijiji as a mainstay. It let me shop locally, and both “watch” an item of interest or be alerted when an item that matches my search term comes online. New categories, such as outdoor items, appliances and reno materials as distinct categories, makes searching faster and easier. Recently, I’ve had great success making home décor gems out of gently-used items easily found on Kijiji www.kijiji.ca. Take a look.
Individual plates can make interesting wall clocks. Clock hands come in cute shapes, such as knives and forks, hammers and screwdrivers or fishing rods, so you can make a clock suited to an individual room or as a gift for a friend with a related hobby. Clocks hands and movements are available for less than $10 from Lee Valley www.leevalley.com , which also carries adhesive-backed numbers and dots.
Simply slowly and carefully drill a small hole in the centre of the plate. Place a piece of tape over the drill spot to keep it from cracking and add a few drops of water as you go along to keep the drill bit cool and lubricated (mineral oil works for that, too.) Okay, I admit it, I got the Man of the House (MOTH) to do this part!
Used fabric can be put to good use. So don’t discount, then, that linen tablecloth just because it has a tear (although do factor that into what you’ll offer for it.) Imagine instead, as did I, making the still-good stuff into pillow shams, napkins, or tea and guest towels.
Plain pillow shams can be dressed up with fabric paint. I tried two methods. One was to simply tape straight lines with Scotch Blue tape www.scotchblue.com (my fave painter’s tape!) along a pillow and paint it out in cheery colours from Martha Stewart’s line of multi-surface satin acrylic paint (available at www.michaels.com). For another pillow, I made my own stencil by hanging a length of tape from a doorway and, using hole-punchers with two different sizes of holes, randomly punching a pattern. Fabric remnants can also turn an ho-hum glass vase into a stunning piece.
I couldn’t believe my luck when I found two cute little semi-circular occasional tables for $20. Perfect, I thought for my living room, especially after I painted them in an earthy Jute (Pittsburgh Paints), adding a thin strip of Charlotte’s Locks from Farrow and Ball. Now that they’re done, though, I’ve decided to cover them in exterior-grade varnish and use them on the back porch — a perfect perch for an after-work glass of wine with MOTH. What could be more stylish — and sustainable?
Having tried and tested just about every new home product, décor item and countertop appliance to hit the market in the last 10 years, Vicky Sanderson is an expert on all things home related. She shares this expertise in Hot Home Products, a widely-read weekly column that appears every Saturday in The Toronto Star. Follow her @vickysanderson
Just a quick heads up here. I haven’t been producing many articles this summer and that’s because I’ve been busy packing. We’re going on an adventure — moving to Montreal!
I love Montreal and I’m familiar with the city as my husband and I both went to university there. However, I have to admit that I’m looking forward to living there without studying for mid-terms or exams, and when I have enough money so that I can buy good wine instead of the infamous Cuvee des Patriots, available in a local depanneur (corner store) for $2.85 — back in the ’80s, I’m sure it’s creeping up on $5 a bottle now. Even we, young, poor students recognized that it was better used as a salad dressing than poured into a wine glass!
So what does this mean for the blog? Yes, I will still continue to write it, and I will still feature some Toronto businesses — but by necessity, the blog’s scope will expand to Montreal and Toronto, with maybe some Ottawa thrown in for good measure. The point of what I write about is to help you find green building materials, in addition to demystifying green building itself.
Montreal has a very vibrant green building sector as well as many companies that produce products for the market, a few I’ve already written about such as Montauk, PolarFoam/Heatlok (Demilec) and Adbond. I’m looking forward to exploring the green companies in and around the city, writing about them and their efforts to lighten their environmental load.
In the meantime I have some great Toronto articles coming on Transition Towns, Permaculture, green walks, paint and more, so stay tuned!
Oh, and if you have any suggestions about interesting Montreal-based companies I should get to know, leave a message in the comments section or contact me at cathy “at” becgreen.ca.