Green Building Resources
The greenest building is one already built. Green features from big to small can be incorporated into any project. The Natural Built Home Store (www.naturalbuilthome.com) and Moss Envy (www.mossenvy.com), both located in Minneapolis, carry a wide variety of green products including countertops, flooring, paint, and building materials.
Architectural salvage, reuse and surplus stores can also be found in our area.
Many interior finish materials contain recycled content. Recycled content is split into two categories: post-consumer and pre-consumer. Post- consumer products contain recycled content provided by consumers, like recycled soda cans. Pre-consumer products contain recycled content provided by consumers. Pre-consumer products contain content resulting from manufacturing waste that is then recycled.
See below for more information on salvage/reuse/surplus, countertops, flooring, tile, paints and finishes, and furniture.
Minnesota Green Star – Residential Building Standards and Green Certification Program
US Green Building Council – Green Home Guide
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Residential Green Building
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Green Building Products and Materials
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Where to Find Products for Building Green
Home Depot LEED Initiative Points & Products Finder
Minnesota Materials Exchange
Twin Cities Free Market
Better Homes and Garbage - Sales and Salvage of Reusable Building Materials
The Green Institute – The Re-Use Center
1727 Hwy 36
Maplewood, MN 55109
All State Salvage
1354 Jasckson St.
St. Paul, MN 55117
1330 Quincy Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Art & Architecture
3338 University Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Bauer Brothers Salvage, Inc
2432 Second Street N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Building Materials Outlet
2795 Hwy 55 East
Eagan, MN 55121
507 First Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Guilded Salvage Antiques
4430 Lyndale Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55412
Northwest Architectural Salvage
981 Selby Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104
Old Growth Woods & Mendota Mantels
1896 Norfolk Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Siwek Lumber & Millwork, LLC
2536 Marshall St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
350 Valley View Dr.
Jordan, MN 55352
2612 Hwy 55 SE
Buffalo, MN 55313
Building Materials Reuse Associate – Contains Database
There are a variety of sustainable countertops available including recycled glass, paper, plastic, and metal. The links below provide some resources for choosing a countertop. The Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy carry a variety of countertops.
Recycled Glass at Natural Built Home Store
Sustainable Paper at Natural Built Home Store
Natural Linoleum at Natural Built Home Store
Squak Mountain Stone at Natural Built Home Store
Recycled Plastic at Natural Built Home Store
Recycled Metal at Natural Built Home Store
Recycled Walnut Shell at Natural Built Home Store
EcoTop at Natural Built Home Store
Ice Stone – recycled glass
PaperStone – recycled paper (also found at Moss Envy)
Eco – recycled porcelain, mirrors, glass, and stone (also found at Moss Envy)
Vetrazzo – recycled glass
Rinato – recycled glass
ShetkaStone – recycled paper
There are a variety of sustainable flooring choices available for flooring including cork, bamboo, natural linoleum, natural and recycled carpet, and finished concrete. The links below provide some resources for flooring. The Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy carry a variety of flooring products.
Eco-Friendly Flooring: Green From the Ground Up (Mother Earth News)
Cork Flooring at Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy
Cork Flooring at Home Depot (selection available in store varies)
Bamboo at Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy
Empire Today - Cork and Bamboo
Lumber Liquidators – Cork and Bamboo
Unique Wood Floors – Cork and Bamboo
1201 5th St. S.
Hopkins, MN 55343
Floor Coverings International – Eco-Flooring Options
1153 E. Cliff Rd.
Burnsville, MN 55337
Linoleum at Natural Built Home Store
Armstrong Linoleum Flooring
Hardwood at Natural Built Home Store
Recycled Rubber Flooring at Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy
The Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label/Green Label Plus provides testing for carpets and carpet cushions to ensure good indoor air quality.
Carpet at Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy
Concrete Treatments Inc.
6737 LaBeaux Ave, Suite 3
Albertville, MN 55301
EDC Install Solutions, Inc (concrete polishing)
6425 2nd Ave.
Newport, MN 55055
Polished Concrete Plus
6870 Hwy 10 NW
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
Many tiles contain recycled materials including glass and metal.
Fantasia Showrooms – Recycled glass, metal and brick
275 Market Street, Suite 102
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Kate-lo Tile & Stone
Plymouth MN Showroom
171 Cheshire Lane North, Suite 100
Burnsville MN Showroom
3201 West County 42
Oakdale MN Showroom
358 Helmo Ave. North
Blazestone Recycled Glass at Natural Built Home Store
Fireclay Recycled Tile at Natural Built Home Store
Oceanside Glass Tiles at Natural Built Home Store
Recycled Metal Tiles at Natural Built Home Store
Porcelain Tile at Natural Built Home Store
Terra Recycled Glass Tiles at Natural Built Home Store
Terra Green Recycled Ceramic Tiles at Natural Built Home Store
Paints and Finishes
Indoor air quality to be adversely affected by using paints and other finishes high in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). There are paints available containing low or no VOCs. These can be found at the Natural Built Home Store and home improvement stores like the Home Depot.
Mythic Paints & Primers at Natural Built Home Store – non-toxic, ultra low odor
Yolo Paints & Primers at Natural Built Home Store - Zero VOC
Yolo Paints at Home Depot
Safecoat Paints & Primers at Natural Built Home Store – Zero VOC
American Clay at Natural Built Home Store - plaster
Stains & Clear Finishes at Natural Built Home Store
Natural Finishes and Paints at Natural Built Home Store – Diluent/Reducer, Penetrating Oil, Wax
Concrete Stains at Natural Built Home Store
Soy Paint at Natural Built Home Store
Behr Low VOC Paint at Home Depot
Moss Envy Furniture
Baltix Sustainable Furniture
2160 Daniels Street
Long Lake, MN 55356
Erik Organic Furniture – locally harvested wood
3125 East 78th Street
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Jeff Builds Furniture - made from reclaimed barn wood
Minneapolis, MN 55410