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Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...voc finishes and formaldehyde-free wood engineered products. Thanks to our sponsors: Venmar NuTone Broan

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy
Healthy indoor air quality

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...VOCs. Low VOC paints may have reduced amounts of volatile organic compounds, meaning they don't off-gas as much as traditional paints, but it's important to rem...

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

Choosing safe paints

...Low or Zero VOC paints: You may find paints advertised as ‘low VOC’ and think you are getting a safe alternative, which isn’t necessarily the case. In fact...

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

...VOCs (volatile organic compounds), or if you're a really shrewd shopper, none at all - see here for an article on zero VOC paint and the difference to low VOC p...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...low wood doors Hollow doors have an interior frame of smaller pieces of wood with a laminated front and back. Hollow interior door © makeitmissoula...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...VOCs, so look for those that don't. Buying 'low VOC' paint is a bit like buying 'light' cigarettes, whereas zero VOC is more like quitting. It's not that much m...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification

...low-flow faucets reduce hot water requirements and LED bulbs and design for natural lighting keep the house bright with very little energy use. ...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...Low VOC paints and finishes are used throughout the cabins. Water efficiency: Water efficient plumbing fixtures Optional cisterns can catch and store ra...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...low most 'living spaces' to be facing south, and thereby benefit from extensive natural light and heating. It also allowed for a 25kW solar array to be seamless...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...lower in cost than conventionally built homes. It all comes down to design, and material choices. While it can be done at par or lower, that isn't always t...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...Low VOC brands of caulking are available. Choose durable kitchen surfaces that are resistant to heat, moisture and cuts from knives. Moisture damage fro...

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