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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...air than humid air. If you have a mould problem, clean it with detergent. But mould will always come back unless you address the issue that caused it. See our pages on ventilation and air exchangers for more information on home humidity. VOCs Volatile organic compounds form a large part of household chemical poll...

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

...indoor air quality (IAQ) Whatever floor finish you choose, different products will have different impacts on your home air quality and the planet. Like paints, floor finishes will contain varying levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), or if you're a really shrewd shopper, none at all - see here for an article o...

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

Choosing safe paints

...Indoor air quality and VOCs Health Canada Indoor Air Quality Recommendations EPA Indoor Air Quality Recommendations Recycled paints www.peintureboomerang.com/en/ Finding safe paints: Benjamin Moore store locator https://www.earthpigments.com/

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Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...air requires significantly more energy than heating dry air. When using manufactured wood products for cabinetry, ask for formaldehyde-free plywood then at least the dust produced will be more benign to health. To further protect the air quality in your home, choose formaldehyde free cabinetry materials , and healthy...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...air. Fresh air often has no scent at all. If scented air is a must at your house, try essential oil diffusers or make your own air spray with a 10 - 20 drops of essential oil diffused in a tablespoon of alcohol mixed into a cup of water. Read here about the impacts of natural fragrances on home air quality. 5.) Open ...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...indoor air is an increased risk of developing lung cancer." It depends on the average concentration of the gas in the building, of the duration of exposure and smoking. The exposure does not cause other known disorders such special breathing problems or headaches. If ingested, radon is harmless. Protecting air qualit...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...air quality of your home , that's why! “Indoor air quality” refers to the quality of the air in any home environment. The potential impact of indoor air quality on human health nationally is important for many reasons, including: Americans spend on average about 90 percent of their time indoors, where according to ...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...indoor air quality is often up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, and this is part of why there is such a rise in chemical sensitivities as well as a spike in Asthma rates in children . There have been many attempts to fabricate eco-friendly alternatives to MDF made with natural materials, including hemp rigi...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...indoor air quality. So if you do plan to glue flooring we recommend sourcing a zero VOC floor adhesive like in this cork flooring DIY installation video . We love seeing the innovation that is coming out of the home building industry and the shift towards sustainable, natural carbon-storage building materials that pr...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...air quality and ecological impact. Cons: It isn't solid wood so there are tiny finger joints every foot or so which aren't terribly noticeable, but if you aren't a big fan of that look you can always paint them. Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause delamination. Hollow wood doors Hollow doors have an interi...

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

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...air quality magic bullet,” says Michael Waring, an environmental engineer and indoor air quality expert at Drexel University. Another study showed even less air quality benefits from house plants, and concluded that it would take approximately 1,000 plants in a 10 square foot area to achieve the improvement in air qu...