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...reduced energy costs, payback on that additional investment might be 10 or 15 years, after which you will see a net savings. Not to mention a final product that will be far more durable and have greater resale value. If you plan to build a healthy, high performance home, the best investment you can make is taking the...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...reduced to a powder and mixed with with acacia gum (aka Arabic gum), to form cones or sticks. Despite their natural origin, several studies have shown that many types of incense emit high concentrations of VOCs (benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and many others). And it would appear that it is in even great...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...reduced because they are pretty much suffocated by the multiple layers of material – especially the wet cardboard and newspaper. A lack of oxygen means aerobic bacteria cannot do their work effectively, which in turn slows down the decomposition process and means that many released nutrients from the rotting down wil...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...reduced degradation and improved labor and environmental conditions in affected forests. As no system for certifying sustainable production of lumber in far-flung forests is ever going to be perfect, what we are saying by this Guide is that as the world's major environmental NGOs - including WWF, Sierra Club, NRDC, N...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...reduced capacity air has to hold heat compared to water can reduce the risk of overheating. When installing a hydronic tube system you need to be very cautious, since accidentally piercing a tube will render the system ineffective. An air-heated tube system is not pressurized and there is no liquid to leak out, so an...

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials

Waste management: compost and recycling

...reduced water use - USA & Canada Other articles about recycling here Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits...

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...reduced pollution and reduced consumerism. So in a way, most of us are already participating by making fewer trips to stores, being more conscious of our personal resources by reducing waste and working from home which means driving less. The results, if you have not already seen, are nothing short of astounding. The...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...reduced cost) of fixed panels is quite attractive. I would go so far as to say that if one is going to have stationary panels in the northern US or Canada on an off-grid home, that orienting them more for winter power generation is the best path to follow. Off Grid solar array includes steeply a...

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

Choosing safe paints

...reduced. That’s a ‘ 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 wil...

4th generation blowing agents for spray foam
Insulation and soundproofing

New HFO blowing agents for spray foam will make it over 1,000 times less harmful to the climate

...reduced. We currently don't know of any manufacturers of XPS rigid panels that have committed to transitioning to HFOs, but we will update this article as soon as we find one. Until HFOs make it in XPS panels, we'd still recommend avoiding them whenever possible. Spray foam manufacturers that are switching to HFO b...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...reduced in smaller rooms. But that impact is hardly noticeable in an open-concept room with cathedral ceilings and lots of natural light. A modern light grained maple wood ceiling © Ecohome Installing wood on ceilings compared to drywall: Drywall installation goes quicker than wood, ...