Volatile organic compounds / Guides

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...volatile organic compounds from air freshener using small emission chamber, J. Korean Soc. Environ. Eng. 33 (2010) 183e190. [3] E. Uhde, N. Schulz, Impact of room fragrance products on indoor air quality, Atmos. Environ. 106 (2015) 492-502. [4] A. Steinemann, Volatile emissions from common consumer products, Air Qu...

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 surface finishes Airborne fibers from insulation batts Off-gassing of foam insulation How to prepare for home renovations: Move furniture: Take as much...

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 . While the smell may be gone in days or weeks, the effects won't be. It will take years before VOCs in any surface finishes stop polluting your air, which ca...

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 comparison to some other paints. There's are no standards that define what "low" means, so the labels are arbitrary, at best, and misleading at worst. Even paint br...

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 another household hazardous waste leftovers. Click here learn for a DIY all natural paint recipe. 3.) Hand wash instead of dry cleaning clothes when possible. ...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

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

...organic iron oxide and are unaffected by UV rays. They are also resistant to frost and prevent the formation of fungi and molds. Applying mineral paints and dyes to bricks should offer you a maintenance-free service life of 20-30 years. Silica paints and dyes are odorless, non-toxic and do not contain any volatile or...

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 commonly found VOCs in our homes. They can cause many adverse health effects including dizziness, nausea, fatigue, respiratory illnesses, and cause damage to your kid...

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 added by manufacturers partly to slow drying times, but predominantly to prevent paint from freezing during transportation. This process can be easily avoided with ...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC). 10) Biophilia: The project must be designed to include elements that nurture the innate human attraction to natural systems and processes. Each of the six established Biophilic Design Elements must be represented for every 2,000 m2 of the project: Environmental features Natu...

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 Automated moisture control Automated ventilation of hydrogen emissions from PV system batteries Durable: A more sustainable and durabl...

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 firing up the smoker. So, as the wood surface temperature rises above 212° F to about 450° F, gases abundant in creosote are released: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxi...