Flame 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

...flame retardants work: The chemicals generally used as flame retardants are part of the family of halogens; chlorine and bromine for example. When these chemicals are exposed to extreme heat, they decompose quickly and release compounds that inhibit flames. The most common flame retardants used are bromine-based - ...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...Flame 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 hom...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...Flame Retardants Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) Lead (added) Mercury Petrochemical Fertilizers and Pesticides Phthalates Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Wood treatments containing Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol 12) Embodied carbon footprint: The project must account for the total footprint of emb...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Flame retardant-free non-toxic furniture The Sofas are made from healthy materials without brominated flame retardants , created by an eco-designer upholsterer in Quebec. Chosen Non-Toxic Furniture Brands : Luwiss, sofas & bench Charging station for electric vehicles It is estimated that a family of five ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Flame retardant-free non-toxic furniture The Sofas are made from healthy materials without brominated flame retardants , created by an eco-designer upholsterer in Quebec. Chosen Non-Toxic Furniture Brands : Luwiss, sofas & bench Charging station for electric vehicles It is estimated that a family of five ...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...flame retardants (PBDEs) into the air of an Earthship, which is a synthetic material derived from petrochemicals that is toxic to humans through long-term exposure. Mike Reynolds says it's safe, but he says a lot of stuff that doesn't add up so I personally would want to see some research on healthy indoor air qualit...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...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-retardant use...