Building Components

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.

General Supplies

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.

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 variety of building and household supplies.

ecomall.com this directory with links to green products claims to be the "earth's largest evironmental shopping center."

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.

environproducts.com Sells an assortment of green building materials and household products.

greendepot.com Green building materials outlet with several locations across the US..

For a list of books about using natural materials in your home, see this page.

Bamboo and Natural Fibers

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.

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.

bamboobroker.com sells canes and furniture.

bamboo4sale.com features gazebos, thatch, fencing, furniture, mats, home accents, garden accents, and live plants.

balithatching.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.


Flooring, Decking, etc.

ecotimber certified wood flooring.

Plyboo remanufactured bamboo building materials..

greenmountainwoodworks provides ecologically harvested hardwood products.

forbo-flooring.us 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.

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.


Wood Flooring:
A Complete Guide to Layout,
Installation & Finishing

by Charles Perterson, 2010



The Essential Source Book for Planning,
Selecting And Restoring Floors

by Elizabeth Wilhide, 2005


The Flooring Handbook:
The Complete Guide to Choosing
and Installing Floors

by Dennis Jeffries, 2004





Black & Decker Flooring 101:
25 Projects You Really Can Do Yourself

by Matthew Paymar, 2006



Black & Decker Complete Guide to Floor Decor:
Beautiful, Long-lasting Floors
You Can Design & Install

by Clayton Bennett, 2007



Flooring Basics
by Rick Peters, 2003



Flooring 1-2-3 :
Expert Advice on Design, Installation, and Repair
by The Home Depot, 2006



Rugs and Carpets


Carpets for the Home
by Amicia De Moubra, 1999



Carpets (Techniques, Traditions and History)
by Jacques Anquetil, 2003



The Root of Wild Madder:
Chasing the History, Mystery,
and Lore of the Persian Carpet

by Brian Murphy, 2006


Tribal and Village Rugs:
The Definitive Guide to Design,
Pattern & Motif

by Peter F. Stone, 2007


Floorcloth Magic: How to Paint Canvas Rugs for Decorative Home Use
by Lisa Curry Mair, 2002.



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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.

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.

insulationstop.com sells radiant barrier and reflective foil bubble insulation products.

ecobatt.us made from over 60% recycled material with natural binders.

truprotect.com Combination of radiant barrier and corrugated board up to 1" thick; 95% recycled materials.

applegateinsulation.com facts about the value of cellulose insulation.


Environmental Impact of Materials:

by Jane Anderson and Kim Allbury, 2011



The Complete Guide
to External Wall Insulation

by C.J. Pearson, 2006



Insulate and Weatherize:
Expert Advice from Start to Finish

by Bruce Harley, 2002



Insulation Handbook
by Richard T. Bynum Jr., 2000







Popular Mechanics Weatherproofing & Insulation
by Albert Jackson , David Day, 2006



Movable Insulation
by William K. Langdon, 2006

Climate Control

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.

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 tile and corregated metal roofing.

firespeaking.com features a nice portfolio of masonry heater, rocket stoves, ovens, etc.

www.eco.ph features solar and wind-driven attic ventilation systems.


Hearthspire - Designing Wood-Heated Houses
by John Silverio, 2011


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Masonry Heaters:
Designing, Building, and Living with a Piece of the Sun

by Ken Matsz, 2010
For a complete review by Kelly Hart click here.


Rocket Mass Heaters:
Superefficient Woodstoves YOU Can Build

by Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson, 2006




Modern Hydronic Heating for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings by Siegenthaler, 2011




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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.banner 

Tile, etc.

bedrockindustries.com Blazestone tile is made entirely from post-industrial and postconsumer glass.

susanjablonmosaics.com makes tiles and mosaics from recycled glass.

Lithistone is a magnesium-based mineral cement compound that is considered an ‘environmentally friendly’ building material due to it’s non-toxic properties and low-embodied energy; products include sinks, counters, arches, etc.

crossvilleinc.com manufactures various products with recycled content.

fireclaytile.com offers a 70% recycled content tile series.

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.

glasstileoasis.com this eco friendly line is comprised entirely of post consumer recycled glass.


Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile by John Ochsendorf, 2010



Designing Kitchens, Baths
and Interiors with Natural Stone

by Heather E. Adams, Earl G. Adams, 2003



Designing Interiors with Tile:
Creative Ideas with Ceramic, Stone and, Mosaic

by Anna Kasabian, Julie Goodman, Andrew Karre, 2006



Tile Your World:
John Bridge's New Tile Setting Book

by John P. Bridge, 2003



Tile Idea Book by Andrew Wormer, 2005







The Tile Doctor - The Works -
The Complete Tile Series, DVD.
Learn from the leading authorities in tile and stone,
"The Tile Doctor" Paul Wilson & Jodi Marks.


Making & Installing Handmade Tiles
by Angelica Pozo, 2008

Paints, Plaster and Stucco

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 Story of Dyes and Pigments
by Guineau Delamare, Ber Francois, 2000



The Natural Paint Book
by Lynn Edwards , Julia Lawless, 2003



The Natural Paint Decorator:
Recipes, Finishes, Techniques

by Lynn Edwards, Julia Lawless, 2007


Using Natural Finishes:
A Step-by-Step Guide

by Adam Weismann and Katy Bryce, 2008







Builder's Guide to Stucco, Lath & Plaster
by Max Schwrts, 200



Italian Plaster Techniques
by Maureen Soens, 2005


Plaster, Render, Paint and Coatings
by Alexander Reichel et al, 2001



Building Doors and Drawers:
A Complete Guide to Design and Construction

by Andy Rae, 2007



Building Cabinet Doors & Drawers
by Danny Proulx, 2000



Doors of the World
by Jean-Philippe Lenclos,
Dominique Lenclos, 2005



Installing and Hanging Doors by Gary Katz, 2002






Windows and Doors (Build Like A Pro)
by Scott Mcbride, 2002

doorandwindow.com offers information about doors in general.


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.

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Making Better Concrete:
Guidelines to Using Fly Ash
for Higher Quality,
Eco-Friendly Structures

by Bruce King, 2005




The Essential Guide to Roofing
by Editors of the Journal of Light Cons, 2007



Manual of Low-Slope Roof Systems
by C.W. Griffin, Richard Fricklas, 2006



Smart Guide:
Step-by-Step Projects
by Editors of Creative Homeowner, 2004.



Materials & Installation

by William P. Spence, 2004







Roofing, Flashing and Waterproofing
by Fine Homebuilding Editors, 2005



How To Shingle Like a Pro

Easy Installation Tips and Time saving techniques. DVD, 2003


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The Slate Roof Bible:
Understanding, Installing and Restoring the World's Finest Roof

by Joseph Jenkins, 2003.





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.

eco.ph manufactures the "sky tunnel" light tube.


Residential Lighting:
A Practical Guide

by Randall Whitehead, 2008



A Design Source Book
by Elizabeth Wilhide, 2002



Lighting Design Basics
by Mark Karlen , James R. Benya, 2004



Windows and Doors
by Scott Mcbride, 2002




efficientwindows.org has a guide for selecting proper windows.

doorandwindow.com has quite a bit of information about windows and energy efficiency.


basins.com Designers and manufacturers of fine ceramic basins and faucets.


The Bathroom Book:
The Ultimate Design Resource
for the Home's Most Essential Space

by Editors of Woman's Day, 2005



Plan Your Bathroom:
hundreds of design combinations at-a-glance

by Lorrie Mack, 2006



New Bathroom Idea Book
by Andrew Wormer, 2005


The Natural Plaster Book: Earth, Lime, and Gypsum Plasters for Natural Homes
by Cedar Rose Guelberth and Daniel D. Chiras, 2002

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Popular Mechanic's
Plumbing & Heating

by Albert Jackson and David Day, 2006


Fabulous Floorcloths
by Caroline O'Neill Kuchinsky, 1998


Painting Fabulous Floorcloths
by Plaid, 2000


Good Green Kitchens
by Jennifer Roberts, 2006


Concrete Countertops:
Designs, Forms, and Finishes
for the New Kitchen and Bath

by Fu-Tung Cheng and Eric Olsen, 2002


Architectural Fixtures and Hardware:
From Faucets to Flooring, Storage to Staircases,
the Finest Interior Details for the Home
by Maggie Stevenson, 2002


Green Building Products:
The GreenSpec Guide to
Residential Building Materials

by Alex Wilson & Mark Piepkorn, 2008

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