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Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...health researchers. What are the main health effects? Even in small doses, these substances are harmful to human health and may cause the following effects: migraines, asthma, respiratory difficulties and illness, diarrhea and ear problems in children, neurological disorders, ventricular fibrillation, reproductive ...

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

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...health and the eco-system. The effects of flame retardants on human health: Flame retardant warning label Flame retardants release particles into the environment over the course of their entire life, and in the process contaminate the air, soil and water. They find their way into the food chain; in particular...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...Health. “This is very much aligned with Bluewater Health’s Mission to create exemplary healthcare experiences for patients and families every time.” By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for organizations and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier envir...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...health effects of radon gas? Exposure to high levels of radon gas in air is the second greatest cause of lung cancer after smoking, estimated to account for about 16% of all cases of lung cancer. According to Health Canada, "the only known health risk associated with exposure to radon in indoor air is an increased ...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...healthy home with a good level of interior air quality, or are simply a future homeowner who cares about lower utility bills, better comfort and protecting their biggest investment. So, minimum code is a lottery, as is buying most new homes in North America - unless that is it's been designed, tested, certified & label...

Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas
Interior design and furnishing

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

...healthy and productive home office space , learn more about sustainable construction for healthy and durable homes in the Ecohome Building Guide pages Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Maintaining healthy indoor air quality in homes How to service HRV & ERV u...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...health concerns, even worse and potentially very serious for those that already do suffer. Those at the highest risk are children, with young lungs that are still developing. Asthma rates among children have been climbing at an alarming rate, and home air quality is suspected to be one of the main causes. Renovatio...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...health so we need to keep it out of homes & buildings as it's especially dangerous for the young and people with respiratory or cardiac conditions. The most effective line of defense against particulate matter is an airtight building envelope . The intake dampers of ventilation systems should be closed, and filters wit...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

What is the best wall system for a home? We're frequently asked which is the perfect wall system for high-performance LEED , Passive House or Zero Energy Homes , Well, a perfect Answer to that Is, first Ask the Right Questions! - After all, what is the best way to get from one place to another? You have to choose be...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?
Kitchens

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...healthiest and ecologically sensible choices. It's best to use a hardwood like maple for example, though any wood will show scratches and wear over time. These counters will periodically need to be re-sealed for protection; be sure to use a non-toxic food-safe oil. Beeswax is another nice natural option. Concrete...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...healthy alternative to MDF boards Fun fact about rice - and the reason why rice MDF is a healthier alternative - because the internal and natural mold resistance of rice fibers is very high, there is no need to use formaldehyde-based adhesives as a preservative, which is a toxic and carcinogenic volatile organic comp...