Volatile organic compounds / Guides

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

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

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

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

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...volatile organic compounds, petrochemicals and solvents. Your municipality should be able to help you find the appropriate place to deposit unwanted paint and a...

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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...volatile organic compounds, meaning they don't off-gas as much as traditional paints, but it's important to remember that when it says "low" it's only in compar...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...Volatile Organic Compounds) Radon venting Merv 11 air filters Formaldehyde-free cabinetry Co² detectors No PVC Coal and UV water filtration Automa...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In addition, they are incombustible, and in addition to being healthier, they are safer to work with. They can be applied to ...

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

...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 paints ...

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

Choosing safe paints

...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 are adde...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

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

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...volatile gases are combustible. They burn and release heat, which is what we’re aiming for unless we’ve a few salmon dangling high in the chimney or you’re firi...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

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