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Macalester College
EcoHouse

St. Paul, MN 55105
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Green Building Resources

Remodeling

  
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.

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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
www.mngreenstar.org

US Green Building Council – Green Home Guide
greenhomeguide.com

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Residential Green Building
www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/topics/preventing-waste-and-pollution/green-building/residential-building.html

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Green Building Products and Materials
www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/topics/preventing-waste-and-pollution/green-building/products-and-materials.html

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Where to Find Products for Building Green
www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/view-document.html?gid=14131

Home Depot LEED Initiative Points & Products Finder
leed.homedepot.com

Salvage/Reuse/Surplus

Minnesota Materials Exchange
www.mnexchange.org/exchange/index.php?

Twin Cities Free Market
www.twincitiesfreemarket.org

Better Homes and Garbage  - Sales and Salvage of Reusable Building Materials
www.bhandgarbage.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

The Green Institute – The Re-Use Center
 1727 Hwy 36
Maplewood, MN 55109
651-379-1280
www.greeninstitute.org/programs/reuse-deconstruction.htm

All State Salvage
1354 Jasckson St.
St. Paul, MN 55117
651-488-6675

Architectural Antiques
1330 Quincy Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
612-332-8344
www.archantiques.com

Art & Architecture
3338 University Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-904-1776
www.artandarc.com

Bauer Brothers Salvage, Inc
2432 Second Street N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
612-521-9492
www.bauerbrotherssalvage.com/index.html

Building Materials Outlet
2795 Hwy 55 East
Eagan, MN 55121
651-454-8840
www.bmomn.com/contact.html

City Salvage
507 First Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
612-627-9107
www.citysalvage.com

Guilded Salvage Antiques
4430 Lyndale Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55412
612-789-1680
guildedsalvage.com

Northwest Architectural Salvage
981 Selby Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104
651-644-9270

Old Growth Woods & Mendota Mantels
1896 Norfolk Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
651-271-7544
oldgrowthwoods.com/index.html

Siwek Lumber & Millwork, LLC
2536 Marshall St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
612-718-3333
                &
350 Valley View Dr.
Jordan, MN 55352
952-492-6666
www.siweklumber.com/lumber.php

Waldon Woods
2612 Hwy 55 SE
Buffalo, MN 55313
763-682-5667
waldonwoodsantiques.com/index.php?n=1&id=1

Building Materials Reuse Associate – Contains Database
www.bmra.org

Countertops  

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
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/counter-tops/recycled-glass.html

Sustainable Paper at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/counter-tops/sustainable-paper.html

Natural Linoleum at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/counter-tops/natural-linoleum-countertops.html

Squak Mountain Stone at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/counter-tops/squak-mountain-stone.html

Recycled Plastic at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/counter-tops/recycled-plastic.html

Recycled Metal at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/counter-tops/recycled-metal.html

Recycled Walnut Shell at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/counter-tops/recycled-walnut-shell.html

EcoTop at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/counter-tops/ecotop.html

Ice Stone – recycled glass
icestoneusa.com

PaperStone – recycled paper (also found at Moss Envy)
paperstoneproducts.com
www.mossenvy.com/Paperstone_Countertop_p/parent%20-%20paperstone%20countertop.htm

Eco – recycled porcelain, mirrors, glass, and stone (also found at Moss Envy)
www.mn-countertops.com/recycled-countertops
www.mossenvy.com/Eco_by_Cosentino_Countertop_p/parent%20-%20eco%20by%20cos%20countertop.htm

Vetrazzo – recycled glass
www.vetrazzo.com/eng

Rinato – recycled glass
www.rinato.com

ShetkaStone – recycled paper
shetkastone.com

Flooring

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)
www.motherearthnews.com/green-homes/eco-friendly-flooring-ze0z11zkon.aspx

Cork Flooring at Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy
www.naturalbuilthome.com/flooring/cork.html
www.mossenvy.com/Natural_and_Renewable_Cork_Flooring_s/351.htm

Cork Flooring at Home Depot (selection available in store varies)
www.homedepot.com/Flooring-Cork-Flooring/h_d1/N-brdkZ5yc1v/h_d2/Navigation?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&searchNav=true

Bamboo at Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy
www.naturalbuilthome.com/flooring/bamboo.html
www.mossenvy.com/Natural_Bamboo_Flooring_s/352.htm

Empire Today - Cork and Bamboo
www.empiretoday.com/products/hardwood-flooring/bamboo-and-cork-flooring

Lumber Liquidators – Cork and Bamboo
www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/c/bamboo-cork-flooring

Unique Wood Floors – Cork and Bamboo
1201 5th St. S.
Hopkins, MN 55343
952-994-9696
uniquewoodfloor.com/store/Bamboo_Cork.html

Floor Coverings International – Eco-Flooring Options
1153 E. Cliff Rd.
Burnsville, MN 55337
952-808-6869
www.floorcoveringsinternational.com/green-flooring-eco-friendly.aspx

Linoleum at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/flooring/natural-linoleum.html

Armstrong Linoleum Flooring
www.armstrong.com/flooring/linoleum.html?intcid=promo_AFPUSRES_LearnAboutHWLinoleum

Hardwood at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/flooring/hardwoods.html

Recycled Rubber Flooring at Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy
www.naturalbuilthome.com/flooring/recycled-rubber.html
www.mossenvy.com/Recycled_Rubber_Flooring_s/349.htm

The Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label/Green Label Plus provides testing for carpets and carpet cushions to ensure good indoor air quality.
www.carpet-rug.org/residential-customers/

Carpet at Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy
www.naturalbuilthome.com/flooring/carpet.html
mossenvy.com/Wool_Carpeting_s/353.htm

Concrete Treatments Inc.
6737 LaBeaux Ave, Suite 3
Albertville, MN 55301
763-425-4800
www.concretetreatmentsinc.com/residential-concrete-floors

EDC Install Solutions, Inc (concrete polishing)
6425 2nd Ave.
Newport, MN 55055
612-743-7614
www.edcinstallsolutions.com/decorative_polishing/concrete_polishing.html

Polished Concrete Plus
6870 Hwy 10 NW
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
320-257-9650
www.pcifloors.com

Tile

Many tiles contain recycled materials including glass and metal.

Fantasia Showrooms – Recycled glass, metal and brick
275 Market Street, Suite 102
Minneapolis, MN 55405
612-338-7866
www.fantasiashowrooms.com/sustainableproducts/sustainabletileandstone/

Kate-lo Tile & Stone
Plymouth MN Showroom
171 Cheshire Lane North, Suite 100
763-450-3636

Burnsville MN Showroom
3201 West County 42
952-890-4324

Oakdale MN Showroom
358 Helmo Ave. North
651-730-1975
www.katelotile.com/gallery/catalog.php?categ_id=16

Blazestone Recycled Glass at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/tile/blazestone-recycled-glass-tiles.html

Fireclay Recycled Tile at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/tile/fireclay-recycled-debris-series.html

Oceanside Glass Tiles at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/tile/oceanside-glass-tiles.html

Recycled Metal Tiles at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/tile/recycled-metal-tiles.html

Porcelain Tile at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/tile/porcelain-tile.html

Terra Recycled Glass Tiles at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/tile/terra-glass-tiles.html

Terra Green Recycled Ceramic Tiles at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/kitchen-bath/tile/terra-green-tile.html

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
www.naturalbuilthome.com/paint-finishes/mythic-paints-and-primers.html

Yolo Paints & Primers at Natural Built Home Store  - Zero VOC
www.naturalbuilthome.com/paint-finishes/yolo-paints-primers.html

Yolo Paints at Home Depot
www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/Navigation?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&N=5yc1vZar2dZ5w6Z1xr5&cm_sp=Paint-_-Frag5-_-Pod2-_-ShopYolo_img#/?c=1&5w6=5w6

Safecoat Paints & Primers at Natural Built Home Store – Zero VOC
www.naturalbuilthome.com/paint-finishes/afm-safecoat-paints-primers.html

American Clay at Natural Built Home Store  - plaster
www.naturalbuilthome.com/paint-finishes/american-clay.html

Stains & Clear Finishes at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/paint-finishes/stains-clear-finishes.html

Natural Finishes and Paints at Natural Built Home Store – Diluent/Reducer, Penetrating Oil, Wax
www.naturalbuilthome.com/paint-finishes/natural-finishes-and-paints.html

Concrete Stains at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/paint-finishes/concrete-stains.html

Soy Paint at Natural Built Home Store
www.naturalbuilthome.com/paint-finishes/soy-paint.html

Behr Low VOC Paint at Home Depot
www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/Search?keyword=behr+low+voc&selectedCatgry=SEARCH+ALL&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&Ns=None&Ntpr=1&Ntpc=1

Furniture

Moss Envy Furniture
www.mossenvy.com/Eco_Friendly_Furniture_s/5.htm

Baltix Sustainable Furniture
2160 Daniels Street
Long Lake, MN 55356
763-210-0155
www.baltix.com

Erik Organic Furniture – locally harvested wood
3125 East 78th Street
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
1-888-900-5235
www.erikorganic.com

Jeff Builds Furniture - made from reclaimed barn wood
Minneapolis, MN 55410
612-804-2305
www.jeffbuildsfurniture.com

 


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