Polluted indoor air / Guides

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?

...indoor and outdoor air. Window air conditioners should not be used during wildfires, unless their outdoor air intake can be closed. A portable air cleaner is recommended to complement air sealing and filtering measures during a wildfire. The air cleaner should have a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, whi...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...indoor air being many times more polluted than outdoor air, which you then filter with your lungs. We think it's important to take steps to mitigate that, but due to the economies of scale (the volume of air compared to the amount of plants), when you factor in all the variables, it's hard not to conclude that the on...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, virus
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...air filters used for? Air filters on air handling units such as furnaces, HRV and ERV systems are intended to clean and purify the air before it enters the ducts of your home, to protect indoor air quality from being contaminated with airborne particulate. Dust, dirt, and pollen in the air of homes is shown to have n...

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

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

...indoor air quality is often up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, and this is part of why there is such a rise in chemical sensitivities as well as a spike in Asthma rates in children . There have been many attempts to fabricate eco-friendly alternatives to MDF made with natural materials, including hemp rigi...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...indoors (counting both home and work), it is essential that we work to ensure clear indoor air quality. Contrary to what many people believe, indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. How is inside air worse that outside air? The air you breathe inside originates outside, coming in through air leaks, wind...

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

Choosing safe paints

...Indoor air quality and VOCs Health Canada Indoor Air Quality Recommendations EPA Indoor Air Quality Recommendations Recycled paints www.peintureboomerang.com/en/ Finding safe paints: Benjamin Moore store locator https://www.earthpigments.com/

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...air pollution as well as contaminating indoor air quality as these chemicals off gas into the air in your home. Choosing natural building materials without chemicals and VOCs will lead to safer indoor air quality and reduced health risks for homeowners - although we would always suggest ventilating modern airtight home...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...indoor air quality that, according to the EPA, can be 5 times more polluted than outdoor air due to toxic airborne particles that originate in building materials and surface finishes. Especially when you consider the fact that modern high-efficiency and airtight buildings keep all the polluted air in unless they're fit...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...air than humid air. If you have a mould problem, clean it with detergent. But mould will always come back unless you address the issue that caused it. See our pages on ventilation and air exchangers for more information on home humidity. VOCs Volatile organic compounds form a large part of household chemical poll...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...airly good condition should provide enough of an air barrier to contain radon below it. A contractor will drill two small test holes in the concrete floor on opposite sides of the basement, then install a vacuum in one and measure air flow with the other. If there is sufficient air movement below the slab, then a rad...