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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...health concerns, it's just important to be aware of what the risks and concerns are so you can take the action you feel is necessary. Whether or not EMFs are a health risk is continually being debated. In May of 2011 the World Health Organization recognized potential links between EMFs and cancer, but scientific rese...

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...Health Canada recommends that any homeowners with concentrations exceeding 200 Bq / m 3 should take action to reduce radon levels and safeguard interior air quality. Important to note; this threshold does not mean that there is no health risk below 150-200 Bq / m 3 , which is why the World Health Organization recommend...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...healthy. It has unique antibacterial properties because the ongoing oxidation of the linseed oil naturally inhibits the growth of harmful micro-organisms, making it the flooring choice of many hospitals and health care facilities. Also, marmoleum possesses naturally occurring anti-static properties. Because static ...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...healthy building movement by bringing health and wellness into Canada’s indoor environments through the WELL Building Standard,” said IWBI Founder Paul Scialla. “With this agreement, we see tremendous opportunity for the wellness, sustainability and real estate communities in Canada to come together to support human he...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...healthy kitchens , Choosing eco-friendly and healthy countops and all about sustainable home construction, check out the Ecohome Green building guide, North America's trusted resource on green home building

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Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...health. To further protect the air quality in your home, choose formaldehyde free cabinetry materials , and healthy, eco-friendly countertops , healthy zero-vox paints . Read more in the Ecohome building guide, North America's trusted resource for green home building . Thanks to our sponsors: Venmar NuTone ...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...health problems. And the production and disposal of these chemicals have a similar effect on the health of our planet. Water based vs oil based polyurethane varnish: Water based: There is an option of gloss or satin It dries quicker than oil based It isn't flammable or explosive It usually contains less t...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...healthy alternative’ the same way that low-tar cigarettes are. So yes, they are 'healthier', but still dangerous. Zero VOC paints are commonly available now and come in all colours. Keep in mind that the pigments added to colour your paint will often contain VOCs so ask about that as well. You will likely spend a bit...

Why build LEED?
LEED Homes

Why build LEED?

...health and environmental issues is being reflected in market demand. Consumers want healthier and more environmentally responsible products in their homes, so those products have become cheaper and easier to find. For builders, that means building better homes is cheaper and easier than ever. As the most comprehensiv...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...health trend, it can have a negative impact as well. Providing false solutions to human health issues gives people a false sense of security. Having plants in your home provides quality of life and a connection to nature but functionally speaking, they do next to nothing to improve air quality. Just as some questiona...

How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online

...Health & Household, we found a few sanitizers and priority products in personal-care appliances that made some of the team chuckle. Last but not least, Beauty & Personal Care showed up a few surprise items including makeup wipes with alcohol which would probably be better than nothing if you have to make essential jo...