What's Your Dream Eco-Renovation?

ECOS 04/15/2024

Solar panels. A gray-water system. FSC certified wood floors. Sustainable furnishings and non-toxic* finishes. If money wasn't an issue, what would your dream eco-renovation be? Maybe you have something immediately in mind, but we'd like to inspire you further. Beyond sustainable building is a realm called "Living Building." Learn more about this revolutionary design concept that is taking healthy buildings to a whole new level!

*Conforms to ASTMD-4236, specifically concerning oral toxicity, skin irritation, and respiratory effects.

What's "Living Building?" Melanie Loftus from Houzz says:

We've all heard of a sustainable building, but what about a living building? That’s the focus of the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge; it’s a concept that uses nature as the ultimate measuring stick for a building’s performance. The challenge has been called a philosophy, an advocacy tool and a certification system all in one.

You’ve likely seen or read about countless certified LEED and Passive House homes, but as of today, there are only five certified living buildings in the world. With more than 200 registered projects, however, that number is sure to grow. So what exactly is a living building?

The challenge’s central metaphor is a flower. It asks, what if we made our buildings like flowers? What if our buildings could capture and treat all the water they need? What if they could acquire all their energy from renewable energy sources surrounding them? What if they could be uniquely adapted to their place, work in cooperation with the systems (buildings) around them and at the same time be beautiful?

We're huge fans of the Living Building Challenge and we were the first (and still the only) North American paint company to publish our Health Product Declarations and the first to be listed in the Declare Database developed for the Living Building Challenge. If you’re interested in green building, LEED certification, or the Living Building Challenge, choose ECOS Paints, stains, polyurethane, and all your finish needs!
Alright, self-promotion aside, what is your dream eco-renovation? Let us know in the comments below for a chance to win a $200 gift card for ECOS Paints and finishes!

Here’s how:

UPDATE: Congratulations to our lucky winner, Jane Jakins! Thank you all for participating – watch our blog for November's giveaway starting soon!


Let us know in the comments below what your dream eco-renovation is. 


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One random winner will be selected on October 31st, 2015!

Good luck!!!

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