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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

The Toxic Air We Breathe – Just How Dangerous is our Indoor Air?

Since the end of World War II conventional building practices and product selections have proven to be unsafe for both the builder and the occupant of the building. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies have shown that Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is 2-5 times worse than the outdoor air quality in a newly constructed home. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) cause acute and chronic illnesses. Acute problems like eye, nose, throat irritations, and headaches are caused by these compounds. VOCs can also cause birth defects, chronic illnesses such as kidney and liver failure, central nervous system damage, and even cancer.

In recent years we have come to recognize that many conventional building materials have high VOC content. Installation of conventional building materials cause off gassing of potent VOCs. Even after these products have been installed they may continue to off gas toxins into living and working spaces in less noticeable doses. These less noticeable doses have become a significant contributor to “Sick Building Syndrome” according to the EPA.

Eco-Building Products Solution – An Easy Way to better Indoor Air Quality

IAQ can be improved through Moisture Control, Pest Management, HVAC Systems, Combustion Ventilation Systems, Radon Control and the appropriate Building Material Selection. Simply specifying high quality non-toxic building materials will have a significant and long-lasting impact on your indoor air quality.

Eco-Building Products represents high performance building materials that earn credits for green building standards, are long-lasting, cost effective and safe to install for the applicator and the occupant. Now you have a number of environmentally friendly building products that can be specified to improve indoor air quality.

While you might think that this is going to be expensive – hold on, it’s not! Less than 1% of your total home cost is the amount out of pocket – but what it saves? Your health!!!

Wool absorbs harmful gasses, e.g. formaldehyde, and then locks them up permanently. Man made insulation emits gases.

 

Some of our Best Products for supporting Indoor Air Quality

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AFM Safecoat Low-VOC Finishes AFM Safecoat makes zero and low-VOC paints, finishes, and sealants. Their products also block off-gassing from problematic building materials and surfaces AFM Safecoat Safe Seal
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Oregon Shepherd Sheep Wool Insulation
No VOCs or off-gassing, in fact, Sheep Wool absorbs harmful gasses such as formaldehyde from your indoor air, and locks them up permanently. Man-made insulation emits harmful particles and gases. Black Mountain Sheep Wool Insulation
First Alert Indoor Air Test Kits First Alert has test kits for Indoor Air (radon, carbon monoxide, smoke) as well as water and lead First Alert Indoor Air Mold Test Kit
Forbo Marmoleum Natural Flooring Forbo Marmoleum is a zero-VOC non-offgassing line of natural flooring products available in an array of beautiful colors and patterns Forbo Marmoleum Click Natural Flooring Tiles
Rubio Monocoat Natural one-coat Wood Finish Makes a molecular bond with the surface of the raw wood. One-coat system. Zero and low-VOC natural vegetable-based product. Rubio Monocoat Steps
Vermont Natural Coatings Natural Finishes Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey® is a durable, safe, easy to use finish that meets the highest professional and environmental standards. VNC displaces toxic components traditionally found in wood finish with recycled whey protein. A neutral odor, great coverage, quick drying, and easy clean-up make the PolyWhey family of finishes tough, environmentally smart coatings for all interior and exterior wood surfaces. Vermont Natural Coatings Natural Wood Finishes
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