This section is devoted to all of those parts of a house that are necessary to make it functional. Most of the products reviewed here are either of natural composition, or they in some way might be considered "green". I'm sure this list will expand over time, as new products and sources are introduced or brought to my attention.
Gaiam.com is a company that resulted from the merger of Real Goods with Jade Mountain several years ago. These two companies combined have decades of experience and service in providing some of the best products available for sustainable life styles, including a huge inventory of renewable energy equipment.
Abundant Earth features a wide variety of products selected to enhance green lifestyles, including air & water filters, beds & bedding, cleaning supplies, health & wellness products, home furnishings, kitchen & bath supplies, lawn & garden products and recycled items.
crbt.org Center for Resourceful Building Technology has a searchable database of green building products.
buildingforhealth.com diverse site for ecological building products, including, PV systems, lighting, appliances, floor coverings, wall coverings, paints, plasters, strawbale supplies, water filtration and storage, and much more.
built-e.com another "eco-store" with a great variety of building and household supplies. They have a searchable database.
ecomall.com claims to be the "earth's largest evironmental shopping center" with links to green products.
naturalhomeproducts.com sells carpet, cork, hardwood, natural finishes, etc.
greenbuildingsupply.com sells appliances, wool carpeting, bamboo and wood accessories, non-toxic finishes and cleaners, and natural flooring products.
greenpages.org Co-op America's directory of over 2,000 business that provide "green" products for the home.
ecoproducts.com Offers a variety of green building products including plastic lumber.
environproducts.com Sells an assortment of green building materials and household products.
planetearth.com Long-time green building material supplier. Offers paints, flooring, tile, and much more.
eco-build.com This company located in Boulder, Co. works specifically with builders and general contractors, providing consultation and green building materials at competitive prices.
ecohaus.com Green building materials outlet for the Pacific Northwest.
For a list of books about using natural materials in your home, see this page.
For books about how to grow and build with bamboo see this page.
thatching.com provides a wealth of information about, and is a source for, thatching materials.
safarithatch.com sells bamboo, thatch reed panels, grass and reed thatch, etc.
bamboofurniture.com has bamboo products from furniture to building trusses.
bamboo.org very informative site about bamboo sponsored by the American Bamboo Society.
meadowoodindustries.com meadow board is made from the otherwise discarded stems of rye grass, an annually renewable resource.
amazuluinc.com offers a wide range of natural fiber materials, including thatch, bamboo, furniture, kit structures, screens, etc.
phenixbiocomposites.com this company manufactures composite materials that utilize recycled paper, wheatstraw, soybeans, and other natural components, that can be used to replace wood for furniture and interior applications.
bamboobroker.com sells canes and furniture.
bamboo4sale.com features gazebos, thatch, fencing, furniture, mats, home accents, garden accents, and live plants.
exoticeast.com.au an Australian company imports Balinise thatch.
Thatch and Thatching by Jacqueline Fearn, 2008
Thatching and Thatched Building by Michael Billett, 1998.
For books about bamboo see this page.
sells bamboo, cork, and tile flooring.
ecotimber certified wood flooring.
Plyboo bamboo flooring source.
greenmountainwoodworks provides ecologically harvested hardwood products.
themarmoleumstore Marmoleum is made of linseed oil, rosins, and wood flour, calendered onto a natural jute backing. It is a tough yet visually striking floor covering, highly resistant to heavy rolling loads and foot traffic.
flooringalternatives features bamboo and cork flooring products.
woodlandflooring a Canadian company that mills wood flooring from FSC certified or salvaged lumber.
northslopewood larch sustainably harvested flooring.
wholeloglumber.com sells a range of recycled wood flooring materials from North Carolina.
pollyproducts.com has recycled plastic lumber.
allaboutpavers.com manufactures recycled granite pavers in Kansas.
The Flooring Handbook:
Black & Decker Flooring 101:
Black & Decker Complete Guide to Floor Decor:
Flooring 1-2-3 :
Carpets for the Home
Carpets (Techniques, Traditions and History)
The Root of Wild Madder:
Tribal and Village Rugs:
Floorcloth Magic: How to Paint Canvas Rugs for Decorative Home Use
insuladd.com makes both an additive that can be combined with any paint, as well as their own formulation of paint that utilizes miniature ceramic spheres to reflect radiant heat, so that buildings that are coated with this are much better insulated from unwanted incoming heat and loss of heat from the inside...a remarkable product. I did an experiment of painting some sheet metal that was in the direct sun with some of this and discovered that almost immediately when I put my hand on the back of the metal it was too hot to touch where there was no paint and it felt cool where it was painted!
sailshadeyourhome.com simple Roman shades that are insulated with R-7 Reflectix.
Instructions for how to make your own Roman Sailshade without the need to sew the fabric.
Reduce your heating and cooling bills by installing a Radiant Barrier.
ecofoil.com has some good FAQ's related to radiant barriers.
goodshepherdwool.com sheep's wool from Australia.
bondedlogic.com UltraTouch insulation from recycled post-industrial denim and cotton fibers.
biobased.com manufactures a soy oil based foam insulation similar to other foams, but much more environmentally benign.
earthfoam.net EARTHFOAM is a one-half pound per cubic foot spray-in-place 70% bio-based foam material.
blackmountaininsulationusa.com supplies natural sheep's wool insulation products to the U.S. market.
biofib-isolation.com offers batt insulation products that employ combinations of hemp, flax or cellulose fibers.
styronit.com a natural, breathable insulating plaster made in Turkey.
insulationstop.com sells radiant barrier and reflective foil bubble insulation products.
ecobatt.us made from over 60% recycled material with natural binders.
Environmental Impact of Materials:
The Complete Guide
Insulate and Weatherize:
Popular Mechanics Weatherproofing & Insulation
radiantcompany.com informative site of company that will work with owner/builders to help design a radiant floor heating system.
radiantsolar.com one of the original companies offering solar radiant floor heating systems.
radiantheatreviewer.com offers a great deal of information about radiant floor heating systems.
inflectorwindowinsulators.com features transparent window reflective insulation panels that reverse to function both in winter and summer.
envirosciences.com this Australian company sells a vent/skylight combination that operates without electricity for attics or bathrooms.
universaltileventilators.com another Australian solution for simple roof vents that are designed to install on corregated metal roofing.
firespeaking.com features a nice portfolio of masonry heater, rocket stoves, ovens, etc.
plugnsaveenergyproducts.com features a clever combination of window shutters with PV attached for producing home electricity.
www.eco.ph features solar and wind-driven attic ventilation systems.
Hearthspire - Designing Wood-Heated Houses
Rocket Mass Heaters:
Modern Hydronic Heating for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings by Siegenthaler, 2011
Solar Water Heating:
Heating, Cooling, Lighting:
Sustainable Design Methods for Architects
by Norbert Lechner, 2008
AppliancePartsPros.com, Inc. carries thousands of parts for all sorts of appliannces and features part photos, diagrams, and live help.
Fast Floors sells tile from about 75 manufactures!
bedrockindustries.com Blazestone tile is made entirely from post-industrial and postconsumer glass.
susanjablonmosaics.com makes tiles and mosaics from recycled glass.
counterproduction.com Counters made from recycled glass come in many colors and shapes.
Lithistone is a magnesium-based mineral cement compound that is considered an environmentally friendly building material due to its non-toxic properties and low-embodied energy; products include sinks, counters, arches, etc.
vitrastone.com made from 70% - 85% recycled glass, fly ash, and ceramic cement, vitrastone can be used for sinks, countertops, floors, walls, etc.
crossvilleinc.com manufactures Ecocycle tiles with 40% recycled ceramic components.
geckostone.com sells a very clever form for making interlocking pavers or tiles.
fireclaytile.com offers a 60% recycled content tile series.
glasstilestore.com sells some recycled glass tiles.
greenleafbrick.com Green Leaf Brick are not reused brick from demolished buildings, but are newly manufactured red brick made from select materials that are rescued from landfills, open pit mining byproducts, incinerator ash from local sewage treatment and plant refuse.
Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile by John Ochsendorf, 2010
Designing Interiors with Tile:
Tile Your World:
Tile Idea Book by Andrew Wormer, 2005
The Tile Doctor - The Works -
by Angelica Pozo, 2008
mythicpaint.com sells a non-toxic, ultra low odor paint that provides the durability and coverage you expect from a premium paint without the off-gassing VOC's and cancer-causing toxins of conventional paints.
ecogreen-plus.com here is a description of paint that actually helps clean the air!
ecospaints.net manufactues and sells odorless and solvent-free paints.
vasariplaster.com makes natural plasters and stuccos.
earthpigments.com has a huge catelog of natural pigments, paints and finishes and related supplies, along with a video library and recipes.
The Natural Paint Book
The Natural Paint Decorator:
Using Natural Finishes:
Builder's Guide to Stucco, Lath & Plaster
Italian Plaster Techniques
Plaster, Render, Paint and Coatings
by Alexander Reichel et al, 2001
Building Doors and Drawers:
Building Cabinet Doors & Drawers
Doors of the World
Installing and Hanging Doors by Gary Katz, 2002
Windows and Doors (Build Like A Pro)
doorandwindow.com offers information about doors in general.
mesquitedoor.com Lovely handcrafted doors from mesquite wood. Most of the wood comes from central-coastal Mexico and is available as a result of land clearing for population expansion.
slagcement.org The use of slag cement and fly ash can enhance the quality and reduce the evironmental impact of the use of cement.
envirosafemfg.com a variety of environmentally safe sealers for concrete, and masonry.
The Essential Guide to Roofing
Manual of Low-Slope Roof Systems
Roofing, Flashing and Waterproofing
The Slate Roof Bible:
epdmcoatings.com manufactures a "liquid rubber" EPDM paint that has many applications for either roof repair or new roofs.
naturallighting.com sells full spectrum compact flourescent lights.
brodwax.com offers a complete range of energy effcient LED, Fluorescent, Halogen & Xenon Lighting.
enoceanwireless.com wireless switches for lights make wiring many alternative homes much easier!
eco.ph manufactures the "sky tunnel" light tube.
Lighting Design Basics
basins.com Designers and manufacturers of fine ceramic basins and faucets.
mistermiser.net a compact urinal that uses just 10 oz. of water to flush.
macustrade.com manufacturers a variety of dual flush toilets.
The Bathroom Book:
Plan Your Bathroom:
New Bathroom Idea Book