Zero 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 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, wh...

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

Choosing safe paints

...zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore , which is also zero emissions but which has been superceded. Some paint companies will offer zero VOC paint but neglect to tell you that there are other dangerous chemicals as well as VOCs in the colourants. Be sure to enquire about this, Benjamin Moore is one brand we know that is e...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...zero VOC is more like quitting. It's not that much more money for zero VOC, and watch for the colourants as well - some brands advertize that they have zero VOCs in their paints, but fail to mention that they are present in the colourants. And as work is finished, do an inspection of your ducts to see if they should ...

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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...zero VOC’ will often have VOCs in the colourants. So yes, they are healthier but can still be dangerous. They also commonly still include ingredients such as formaldehyde, ammonia, toxic pigments, acetone and even odor-masking agents. Toxic fungicides are added to prevent mildew growth, and biocides are used to extend ...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...VOCs will continue to release toxic fumes for years after application. Water-based sealants and adhesives will be less toxic, and while silicone has a heavy ecological footprint in production, it's inert and harmless after it dries. Choosing interior doors: Reclaimed doors Pros : Reusing materials diverts was...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Zero Energy & Passive House on the EcoHome YouTube channel here Super-insulated wall assembly, in kit form The prefab high-performance walls of this Passive House & LEED ready home kit are made almost exclusively using ecological materials from natural sources: double-stud wood framing, recycled paper (cellulose in...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...VOCs better than others, but when put in large rooms, their effects are practically inexistent. “We decided to study it more in-depth in response to all the internet articles and wellness blog posts that tout plants as an indoor air quality magic bullet,” says Michael Waring, an environmental engineer and indoor air ...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Zero Energy & Passive House on the EcoHome YouTube channel here Super-insulated wall assembly, in kit form The prefab high-performance walls of this Passive House & LEED ready home kit are made almost exclusively using ecological materials from natural sources: double-stud wood framing, recycled paper (cellulose in...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...VOCs will lead to safer indoor air quality and reduced health risks for homeowners - although we would always suggest ventilating modern airtight homes by choosing a HRV or ERV system . More cool things about grass insulation 70% less water is required for manufacturing grass insulation compared to fiberglass ins...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...VOCs) , including formaldehyde, to protect your indoor air quality. For finishings and maintenance - again to protect your air quality - look for zero VOC paints and finishes . Now you read about the best lumber choices for framing homes , learn more about framing timber for homes in the specific Guide Section devote...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...VOCs) after one hour of diffusion. Similar results were found in a study conducted in the United States. All products tested emitted at least one type of VOC, and a quarter of these VOCs are listed as potentially toxic according to US law [4] . Are there safe and natural ambient fragrance products? Yes, but they ar...