"Green" Building Resources

(and home furnishings)



Resources for the Washington DC area      


Amicus Green (Kensington, MD)

eco-green LIVING (Washington, DC)

 "Green" building is really getting popular. We're starting to hear more and more about things like "indoor air quality" and sustainable building materials. This list is by no means complete, but hopefully will give you a start in finding products that make a healthy home and a healthy planet.


Kirei sorghum composite board

Raintree Kitchens



Earth Weave

Natural Carpet Company


Ceiling Panels (for commercial buildings):

Hunter Douglas TechStyle Acoustical Ceiling Panels do not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs)


Counter finishes:

Icestone (recycled glass and concrete)



Thatch ECOresin


Deck Material:

CertainTeed Boardwalk Composite Decking



Carnegie Fabrics



Fiberboard alternative for flooring underlayment, furniture, and kitchen cabinets; no formaldehyde, EFB (emission-free board):




EcoTimber (variety of products)


Bamboo Flooring International Corp.






Flor House Pet carpet tiles


Edipo cork plank flooring

Natural Cork

Full line flooring:

Eco-Friendly Flooring






Full product line:

Environmental Home Center

Healthy Home



Furnature - Healthy Furniture for a Healthier You



Benjamin Moore Eco Spec® paint

Bioshield Paint



Wall coverings:

American Clay natural earth plaster

Paperez (pronounced paper-ease) by Eisenhart Wallcoverings has no vinyl or PVCs. It's made from a polyester-cellulose composition. There is no off-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Terramed textured wall treatment








Trends in green building:

Siding - Fiber-cement siding is better for the environment than vinyl and will last longer than wood.


Pressure-treated lumber - Instead of CCA treating lumber (Chromated Copper Arsenate), an alternative is ACQ (Alkaline, Copper and Quat)


Cotton Insulation can be used instead of fiberglass. cotton has an added benefit of having great sound absorption.


Bamboo is considered one of the best choices as a sustainable environmental product for hardwood floors. It is available in either a distinctive style where you see the "knots" that occur in bamboo every six inches or so, or a conventional grain look, where the bamboo is cut so you don't see these knots.

You can choose from a variety of colors: ranging from a light "natural" color to a darker "carbonated" finish. Don't worry, once it's dried, bamboo isn't green colored like you think of live bamboo.

Bamboo grows fast, so it's a great choice versus other woods. To five you an idea, bamboo matures in 3.5 to 7 years, vs. 120 years for oak. It can be cut and will grow back quickly and is considered a "sustainable" product.

You can learn more at the Green Resource Center website.


Palm is also gaining popularity. Once palm trees stop producing coconuts, they are cut and new ones planted.

A good article about Flooring for the Environment

For builders:

USGBC - U.S. Green Building Council

Green Resource Center



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