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Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster? the air is safe to breath. We find that disturbing. In reality, what we've been reliably informed of, is that these indicated curing times are what you could expect "under ideal conditions". But even after some digging, we have so far been unable to successfully alleviate our concerns that these ‘ideal conditions’...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...atory’ and is only an inspection verification stamp and is not an indication of a specific treatment, so it is safe to use. How to identify toxic shipping pallets as unsafe for re-use The following classifications of shipping pallet shouldn't be reused as there's a high probability that the lovely natural wood th...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...Home Office for better health , a good ventilation system is still preferable. If you have a natural cleaner recipe or home detox tip to share, tell us about it in the comments below! Find out other ways to maintain healthy homes and safe indoor air quality such as choosing safe paints , how to make your own natura...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...ations. Cost is $0.35 per square foot for 3 coats Livos also has natural and non toxic wood finishing oils and products designed for exterior use that are suitable for staining and protecting decks, fences and exterior wood furniture. Another alternative for natural wood finishing oils are by Prato Verde and can ...

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

...ation, another reason where possible to build on an insulated slab foundation. In the USA the EPA recommends that homeowners should take radon mitigation measures if the radon concentration exceeds 150 Bq / m 3 . Health Canada recommends that any homeowners with concentrations exceeding 200 Bq / m 3 should take actio...

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

Choosing safe paints is entirely zero VOC in their AURA® WATERBORNE range. Also note that when building a home, rather than creating a need for paint in the first place, it might be preferable to choose wood for ceilings rather than drywall . Milk Paint: Milk paint emits no fumes and is completely safe for children, pregnant women a...

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

...ation of safe or dangerous levels of radon gas in a home. For example, below are official maps of the high-risk radon gas areas in the USA and Canada. EPA map of areas in the US at high risk of radon contamination in homes by State. Health Canada map of areas of Canada at high risk of radon contamination in h...

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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...ate groundwater. As for ‘Low VOC’ paints that can be found at your local hardware store, you might notice that they still smell toxic and can still give you headaches. And for what reason? I’ve learned that that can mean they are reduced by as little as 25% in VOCs. Low VOC paints may have reduced amounts of volatile...

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project
Mechanical systems

Smart door lock buying guide Smart homes and home automation are becoming common terms and are a growing trend in green home construction for reasons of safety, energy-efficiency and convenience , but the capability of opening doors remotely does raise legitimate concerns for homeowners. Smart locks are as solid and safe as standard deadbo...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality, at 30 ppb (parts per billion) children’s lung capacity will be affected, and homes showing formaldehyde rates of between 60 and 120ppb had higher rates of bronchitis and asthma among children. At around 100ppb most adults will begin to notice throat irritations. New homes will often measure as much as 300ppb or...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...home that would keep his family safe no matter what nature threw at it. He sought the input of Ecohome and its Quebec counterpart, Ecohabitation , and together they set out to create a net-zero-energy home in this harsh climate. Along with engineer Denis Boyer, architect Lucie Langlois, and the director of Ecohome and ...