VOCs / Guides

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...

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

Choosing safe paints

...VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds): We grew to accept VOCs in our paints and not a lot of thought was put into why, or if they were actually necessary. VOCs ar...

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...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...VOCs Volatile organic compounds form a large part of household chemical pollutants . Formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, alcohols and mineral spirits are the most...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...VOCs, it is stain resistant, and it is entirely recyclable at the end of life. As an added bonus, you can mold the sink, the countertop and backsplash out of th...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in finishes, paints and adhesives. Following that are the perfumes and other chemicals found in detergents, bleaches and...

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies

...VOCs. Hemp Coreboard on the other hand, is non-toxic and does not contain formaldehyde and toxic resins. Coreboard is also manufactured using a sugar-based bind...

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

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

Remember linoleum, that durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes? These days, its called marmoleum and it comes i...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in paints and primers Formaldehyde and other chemicals present in building materials VOCs from adhesives and surface finis...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Many densifiers have no VOCs; they will seal the floor, so additional sealers aren't absolutely necessary. A surface sealer w...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...VOCs, formaldehyde or ozone depleting agents. The R Value is 1.5, enough to break the thermal bridge at each stud. And when joints are taped it makes an excelle...

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