Everything Matters – Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons

Beautiful and bountiful, bamboo has created an upswing in the green flooring market. Advertised as an inexpensive and eco-friendly flooring option, this quick-growing grass is rapidly taking place of the traditional oak floors. The emerging global bamboo market is experiencing rapid growth as well with an expected value reaching $20 billion by 2015. The question is how much of a virtuous bamboo image is authentic and how much is just a campaign by a prosperous industry. That’s why we dig {Read More}

Straw Bale in Green Building and Construction

Q: Is straw bale considered a green building material for houses? Does it meet the building code standards? Straw is a renewable & natural material that has many useful applications in basketry, crafts and the production of biomass power. However, one of indigenous and prevalent uses of straw is to build and insulate houses. Straw is commonly mistaken for hay and it is important to make a difference between the two. Straw is the byproduct of cereal grains (barley, oats, {Read More}

Linoleum Flooring: Components, Eco-friendliness and Durability

Q: WHAT IS LINOLEUM FLOORING MADE OF? IS IT ECO-FRIENDLY AND DURABLE? Linoleum flooring is made from cork, linseed oil (from flax), pine resin and pine flour. For color, ground up stone and wood are added. It’s covered with a natural jute or polyglass backing. The linoleum flooring is thin and very resilient, lasting as long as fifty years. It has antibacterial properties due to permanent oxidation of the linseed oil. Linoleum was invented in 1860, and quickly became the {Read More}