Fire retardants / Guides

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

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...retardants even effective? In 1987, world-renowned fire scientist Vyto Babrauskas led a study on flame retardants for military use. He concluded that yes, the presence of such compounds in manufactured materials can effectively limit the spread of fire and potentially save lives, but it is only effective in high conc...

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...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...retardants Made from the chemical compounds chlorine or bromine, flame retardants have without a doubt saved lives by giving us valuable time to exit burning buildings, but those same chemicals are finding their way into our water, air and food chain. Flame retardants are chemicals that have been added to home furn...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...fire retardants (HBCDs) to rigid foam panels - has now mostly been phased-out by the major manufacturers. Before you head to the comments section with a list of other flaws that surround EPS foam, we know. It may be more susceptible to termite damage that other materials. It isn't as great for soundproofing. You don’...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...fire-retardants from EPS foam products used in construction, but speculation as to whether or not this poses a significant risk to health doesn't seem to be based on any hard facts or testing. We'd be really interested to find any verifiable sources for EPS chemical off-gassing testing - if you find any please post the...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...fire going all day to warm it up, your house is not staying warm by itself. In reality, an Earthship in Canada is a predominantly passively-heated home that burns biomass and fossil fuels for supplimentary heat and power; it is insulated with foam panels on the walls (we found no mention of floors) and includes therm...