Fire retardant / Guides

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...fire-retardant compounds are added to almost all the materials we furnish our homes with: children's toys, curtains, carpets, mattresses, sofas, electronics, plastic, etc. How flame retardants work: The chemicals generally used as flame retardants are part of the family of halogens; chlorine and bromine for example...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...fire-retardants and chemicals that prevent staining. And like so many products throughout our homes, they will be heavily laden with formaldehyde. In many areas fire-retardants are mandated by law, a law which sometimes can be skirted with a doctor's note and a special order mattress. If not, ensure the fire-retardan...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...Fire resistance: Believe it or not, burning wood can give it flame retardant properties. Who knew? Insect resistance: Termites and other problematic insects hate burnt wood.​ Maintenance: If the intended use is to have it outside and exposed to weather (cladding, fences, long-lasting decking ), it should be oil...

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies

...fire-retardant treatment is used to prepare the boards, which also helps mitigate the risk of mould (or mold for our US readers), mildew and pest infestations in hemp board . The safer manufacturing process of hemp building materials not only reduces the risk of exposure to VOCs in the home, it amounts to a reduction i...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...fire retardant that also resists mold and and insects. In fact borate, in small amounts, has been determined to be largely harmless. "Most common foods contain borates at concentrations of 1-20 ppm, so we ingest up to 1mg/day in our normal diets" (2) and it is certainly less harmful than many toxins found in various ad...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...fire retardant chemicals such brome-based HBCD (Hexabromocyclododecane, spelling test to follow), a persistent bio-accumulative chemical found in EPS and XPS that is connected to a disturbing amount of human health issues. Avoiding thermal bridges: When one section of a wall conducts heat much quicker than another,...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...fire retardant (a natural non-toxic mineral),and it's resistant to fungus, mold, and pests. R value: 3.4-3.7 per inch Notes : It takes less energy to manufacture than other types of traditional insulation, contains no chemical irritants, and is completely safe and easy to install by homeowners. It’s not too c...