Eco-Friendly Drywall

Eco-Friendly Drywall will not only give you a healthier home but it will have incredible effects on the earth for many years to come. Many people think reducing fuel emissions and installing energy saving systems in their home is how to protect the environment. It is true that these practices are not only good ecological practices, but homeowners can often reduce their energy costs significantly. However, new and better ways to protect the health of the environment are being developed constantly, and green drywall is one of the most recent.

Recycling discarded items is an effective practice that reduces harmful waste products that end up in a permanent landfill. Reusing materials such as plastic, glass, and paper to re-manufacture new containers, bottles and paper products prevents the destruction of forests.

Many homeowners are not aware that regular drywall can emit harmful CO2 emissions into their home. Innovative technology has found ways to manufacture safe drywall panels that do not release any dangerous toxins into the air. These panels are composed of materials that are recycled byproducts, previously added to a landfill or burned.


EcoRock is one green alternative to gypsum drywall that is mold resistant and does not produce any airborne mercury. This drywall product is composed of 80 percent recycled by-products from steel and cement manufacturing processes. It is naturally dried and cured without using any heat or chemicals, so it requires less energy to manufacture.

Dura Panels is another green drywall choice that uses wheat and rice straw agricultural by-products. This waste was previously disposed of by burning which caused carbon emissions to be released into the environment. These waste products are formed into a hardcore panels using heat and pressure. The straw contains an organic polymer that the process converts into a natural binding agent. A non-toxic, water-based PVA glue is then used to encase the panel in recycled Kraft liner paper.  The Dura Panels can also be recycled, used to produce fertilizer mulch or the discarded panels naturally decompose in a landfill.

Modern homeowners are fortunate that contractors and building supply stores are becoming more environmentally conscious. The current trend is to use green building materials as much as possible in new construction and home renovations. This practice not only reduces unhealthy emissions caused by some traditional building materials but also helps to preserve the environment.

Green materials and practices are becoming the preferred choice for new homeowners. Since drywall makes up about 80 percent of the exposed wall surface in the average home, environmentally safe drywall is the best and safest choice.

Check your local yellowpages or just Eco-friendly drywallsimply good “drywallers close to me” to contact a local drywaller. I used Guelph Drywallers and they were incredibly knowledgeable about the of these new products. Here is a pic of the drywall ready to be install in our home.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

The Most Common Mistakes with Geothermal Heat Pumps In HVAC

Geo heat pumps, also referred to as ground source heat pumps tend to be one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to heat and cool a home or a commercial building. However, the installations of these devices occasionally go wrong, usually as the result of inexperienced designers or installers. In this post, we are going to cover the some of the common mistakes and how to avoid them:

Oversizing Equipment

This is not only common with geothermal heat pumps, but with more conventional devices such as air conditioners. Most contractors still utilize the rules of thumb for sizing equipment and then adding a huge safety factor to make sure the equipment is large enough for the job.

Oversizing not only forces the pumps to use more energy than needed, but it also causes short-cycling of on and off, which tends to wear the equipment down faster. Also, since oversized equipment has a shorter runtime, you do not get the same amount of air circulation and filtration throughout the house. This can lead to more prominent temperature variations.

Installing the Wrong Pump

The circulator pump is responsible for moving water through the ground and into the heatgeothermal heat pump pump. The circulator pump needs to have enough power to overcome the pressure drop of the primary pump as well as the friction from the piping and fittings. That means if the pipe is too small, there won’t be enough water flow through the heat pump. This will hurt unit efficiency or cause other malfunctions. On oversized circulator pump, on the other hand, will use more electricity than needed. An experienced contractor will choose a pump based on your heat pump and on head loss calculation.

Poor Coordination

Any number of different experts may be involved, usually depending on the size of the project. Such experts include HVAC contractors, drillers, general contractor, engineers, architects and the owner. The more parties involved, the more important proper communication becomes.

So, for instance, the HVAC contractor needs to be notified of any adjustments that the architect makes in the floor coverings to ensure the radiant floor works properly.

Ideally, one contractor should be responsible for all aspects of the geothermal heat pump including the ducting, trenching and drilling. This way, if anything goes wrong, there is no blaming other parties and the contractor in charge can remedy the issue.

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I’m excited to be writing to you today and I want to reveal what this site is about and how it will help you. is here to bring you the best information on eco-friendly home products. As new products come to market you need to know if their marketing aligns with their products and that is what we are here to do.

I have worked in the construction industry and I have seen a lot of the products and process’s used when they are being installed in your home. Not only is it important the way things get installed but obviously the product is very important as well.

As a citizen of Ontario myself I know the harsh environment our homes have to survive. It can be -10 degrees celsius one day and +10 degrees the next day. This leaves our homes contracting and expanding like crazy.

With that being said welcome to my blog and I hope to bring you high-quality reviews of eco-friendly building products.

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