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Green flooring

Installing a long lasting floor of earth friendly, natural material is a goal for many. In home building or remodeling it’s easy to “go green” on flooring. Today a variety of products address environmental concerns.

Eco house : practical ideas for a greener, healthier dwelling
Sergi Costa Duran.
Richmond Hill, Ont.: Firefly Books, 2010.
A comprehensive resource on ecological health in the home and how to achieve it.Called the "new architecture for the new world," sustainable building is firmly established as an important influence on residential design. Eco House is a complete guide to the structural features and interior and exterior elements that make a house healthy for its residents and for Earth. From solar roofs to sinks that flush the toilet by recycling their gray water, there are any number of options, expensive and inexpensive, that can turn a home into an "eco-house."The book covers all of the essentials of sound bioclimatic design: Structures that works with sun and wind directions Optimum ventilation and heat recovery Green roof insulation and cooling Solar heating Geothermal heating and cooling Radiant heating Pellet-fuel heating and ventilation Photoelectric power Turbine wind power Rainwater-cistern and gray-water plumbingThis practical reference also takes readers on a room-by-room tour of hundreds of eco-friendly lifestyle options, including how to clean with chemical-free products.Home owners can make one change or plan an entire refit to take their house off the grid -- nothing is too little. In addition to the well-known measures, such as straw bales and solar panels, Eco House describes the many newer options available, providing photographs and illustrations as well as a directory of manufacturers. These include thermal and acoustic bricks, living walls, vegetable-fiber insulation and solar-sourced indoor lighting.This is a fascinating volume packed with descriptive photographs and the most current expert information. Builders, contractors, designers and home owners will find it inspiring and practical.
     
Eco house book
Terence Conran.
London : Conran Octopus ; New York, NY : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Hachette Book Group USA, 2009.
A complete guide to home improvement the environmentally friendly way: whether one is redecorating or redesigning a home, this essential book provides all the information needed to reduce a home's carbon footprint.
     
Renovation nation. Learn how to save water, save money
Planet Green.
Louisville, CO : Gaiam, [2009]
  1. DVD, anamorphic widescreen.
  2. Container packaging erroneously indicates the presence of SDH subtitles.
  3. Title from container.
  4. Host, Steve Thomas.
  5. Videodisc release of segments of the television program, Renovation nation.
  6. Host Thomas visits homeowners who have incorporated water-saving measures into their remodeling projects.
  7. Rainwater collection -- Seattle : lower level addition -- Decatur, GA : dual pane windows -- Decatur, GA : butterfly roof -- Decatur, GA : rainwater recovery system -- Chicago : preventing rainwater flooding.
     

Plywood underlayment with less formaldehyde adhesive than in the past can be found.  And that’s just the beginning. Choosing your floor’s top layer will have you thinking about environmental issues:

  • Do you want to avoid chemicals for health reasons?
  • Are sustainable products your main focus?
  • Will  “longest wearing” product be your ultimate choice?

These plus comfort, style, and practicality will determine your final flooring choice.

When putting in new flooring choose materials with post-consumer or post-use recycled content and ask if there is a manufacturer-funded program to recycle use materials into new flooring or other products.

Carpets of natural fibers made with non-toxic backs are good choices. Fibers that go beyond the classic wool are available. Old fashioned products are popular again for hard surface floors. Linoleum, made from linseed oils and cork or wood dust, is durable and attractive. Cork floors have made a comeback and are handsome alternatives to vinyl.  Another classic choice is ceramic tile although installation materials may contain unwanted chemicals.
 
Products that are long lasting are high on the spectrum of “green.”  Proponents of vinyl, a non-earth friendly petroleum product, like its long wearing aspect. Wood floors have been popular for generations and woods from sustainable sources can easily be found. Bamboo, while not a wood, has some of the properties of wood: smooth hard surface and similar installation requirements.

Find the best flooring product for your home and make it green.

Installing floors
Joseph Truini.
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2010.
There is a wide variety of flooring options available -- wood, tile and stone, laminate, resilient vinyl, bamboo, and cork -- and Installing Floors shows homeowners how to lay them all like a pro. In this new title from the successful BUILD LIKE A PRO series, contractor and experienced author Joseph Truini covers the subject in great detail; he walks readers through the process of installation -- made attainable through more than 350 step-by-step photos and illustrations -- and explains the benefits and unique properties of different materials. Like previous titles in the series, this book delivers on its promise of, "expert advice from start to finish."
     
Wood flooring : with Charles Peterson.
 
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, 2010.
Today, wood flooring comes in a wide array of types and materials ndash; from engineered wood to wide planks made of exotic species. But traditional strip flooring (measuring 2 to 3 inches wide) remains the single most popular choice among homeowners. Solid hardwood has a timeless sense of beauty; it lends a natural warmth and comfort to a room that carpeting canrsquo;t touch. Itrsquo;s easy to clean and maintain and adds more value to a home than any other flooring choice on the market. In this DVD, wood flooring expert Charles Peterson covers the step-by-step installation of a wood strip floor, walking readers through the complete process ndash; from prepping the subfloor through layout, installation, sanding, and finishing.
     
The complete guide to flooring.
 
Minneapolis, Minn. : Creative Pub. International, c2010.
This third edition of a classic favorite includes time-honored installation methods now updated to feature new flooring styles, and adds some important new information on renewable flooring materials, such as bamboo, reclaimed floorboards, and natural stone. It also includes the latest techniques for polished and etched concrete flooring. The DVD add-on product includes 50 minutes of real-time demonstration of crucial layout and installation techniques, as well as the entire print edition in electronic form.
     
Materials : a sourcebook for walls and floors
Francesca Torre ; photographs by Olivier Hallot ; [translated from the French by Anthony Roberts].
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2008.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 124).
     
1001 ideas for floors : the ultimate sourcebook : flooring solutions for every room
Emma Callery.
Chanhassen, Minn. : Creative Publishing International, 2008.
Floors for Every Taste, Every Purpose. Floors create the largest single dcor element in the home, and this book is a comprehensive guide to both the materials available, and the hundreds of decorating effects that can be achieved by choosing the right materials, colors and patterns. This big book of flooring inspiration contains more than 600 color photos and illustrations from leading flooring manufacturers, space designers, and interior dcor specialists. **North American Rights Only**
     

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff