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Builders For Climate Action Helps Builders Address Climate Change

Builders for Climate Action is a movement that supports builders in their quest to build better, even carbon-positive, buildings.

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IceStone Countertops: Recycled Glass and Cement

IceStone Countertops: Recycled Glass and Cement

This post was updated on October 31, 2019. IceStone countertops are made from 75% post-industrial recycled glass, Portland cement and a non-petroleum-based binder in Brooklyn, New York. They look like a subtle terrazzo for your countertops.   The company was...

Reclaimed wood furniture companies in Ontario

Reclaimed wood furniture companies in Ontario

If you've ever picked up an antique chair and compared it to picking up a new one, chances are you will be surprised at how much heavier it is. Old chairs tended to be made with oak, maple, and other hardwood species. Not only that, but they are most likely made from...

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NaturHemp hemp insulation

Hemp Insulation

NatureFibres hemp insulation is available in batts. The hemp used is grown mostly in Quebec and Ontario. The batts are made in Asbestos, Quebec. They have a better R-value than fibreglass batts, are mould, mildew and pest resistant, and are hygroscopic (water-loving).

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Marmoleum linoleum flooring

Linoleum Flooring Guide

Linoleum flooring was a popular choice in homes until the invention of petroleum-based vinyl flooring. Linoleum is an all-natural flooring available in sheet or tile forms. It is made primarily from flax, combined with lime and wood flour and natural pigments. 

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Softwood reclaimed flooring planks from Timeless Materials

Ontario's First Rammed Earth House

Reclaimed wood is a beautiful option for many homes that are either being renovated or built from scratch. Fortunately, in Ontario, there are plenty of choices. Reclaimed wood is often available in wider planks due to its coming from first or old-growth forests.

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Snow Flurry IceStone Countertop

IceStone Countertops

IceStone Countertops are made from recycled glass, Portland cement and a non-petroleum-based binder. The factory is located in Brooklyn, NY. The countertops come in a range of colours. Recently the company has upgraded the product so it is heat and stain resistant.

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BEC Green Guides

Resource guides to help you navigate the complex world of better building materials, energy and water efficiency and more

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Interior Finishes, Furniture & Lighting

  • Paints and coatings
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Countertops
  • Water fixtures
  • Furniture

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Building Envelope

This category is all about materials used in the construction of the building envelope including windows, doors, roofing, wrap, cladding and rainscreens.

Building Materials & HVAC

  •  Adhesives & Sealants
  • Insulation
  • Drywall, lumber, etc.
  • Heating & Cooling

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Architecture & Design

A variety of information on green design including interviews with architects and contractors who specialize in designing and building green.

Prefab and Modular Homes

Prefab and modular homes are not only faster to construct, they can usually be made to higher environment standards. Further, because they are made off-site, they generate less construction waste than a standard build.

Green Building Techniques

There are plenty of ways to build green. Methods such as straw bale, rammed earth, and cross-laminated timber had fallen out of favour as brick and lumber-built methods became quicker, but they are getting a revival because of their postivie attributes.

Energy Efficiency

  • Energy efficiency guides
  • Products to help your house become more energy efficient

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Green Living

Tips, tricks and product reviews for living a lower impact life. Articles cover waste management, green cleaning and more.

Gardening and Landscaping

  • Landscaping for maximum energy and water efficiency
  • Environmentally-friendly path and mortar systems
  • rain-barrels and cisterns
  • solar panels and residential wind turbines

and more…

Green Building Stores & Services

Where to buy green building products, hire green architects and contractors and track down strawbale builders, rammed earth builders and more.

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