tips for building a healthy home

Tips for Building Healthy Home – Part 1: Minimize VOCs Minimize Exposure to Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is one of the most common industrial chemicals and is widely used as a component of building products, upholstery, carpeting, etc. and classified as a human carcinogen. Formaldehyde’s other health impacts include respiratory problems; eye, nose, and throat irritation; allergic






Healthy Building Science Green Festival

Healthy Building Science Green Festival – San Francisco The Healthy Building Science Green Festival  booth two weekends ago was a total hit! After the Green Festival we all took a big breathe and dove right into festivities and events for GreenBuild 2012… now we await the air quality results. It’s been an amazing 10 days. The






building a healthy home

Tips for Building a Healthy Home If you are building a new home or significantly remodeling your existing home, then this article will help you target the biggest polluters in your home’s indoor environment. These tips for building a healthy home have been put together with the intent of helping those who do not have






Is Your Couch Dangerous?

Flame retardants creeping you out… For years a small (but growing) group of concerned scientists, designers, and public health advocates have been warning about the dangers of flame retardants. It may seem counterintuitive that flame retardants – intended to reduce risk of harm from fire – could be harmful themselves. However, according to many of






toxins in household goods

Toxins in Household Goods are the current norm. With the growing buzz concerning toxins in building materials and a push for more transparency, where can consumers turn? The answer:  Not enough places. Several factors contribute to this lack of information on toxins in household goods. One lies in the sheer number of ingredients involved. Significant






Sick building

Sick Building Materials Smell Bad- What if it’s too late and the building stinks? At least once a week we get the following call… “We were so careful to only allow healthy materials in our project. But we just moved in and it stinks! We’re worried the building materials smell bad. Can you come test






Recipes for spring cleaning

Green Cleaning Many cleaning products contain hazardous chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that pollute the air and may impair human and animal health. Natural cleaning products protect the health of home inhabitants and are as effective as their toxic counterparts. We have compiled some all natural recipes for spring cleaning to keep your home






mold and water damage resources

Mold and Water Damage Resources These websites offer great information about mold and water damage, and mold remediation and water damage restoration. There are many mold and water damage resources out there, and we cannot come close to listing them all, but we feel these are useful resources for most people looking for a primer.






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Indoor Air Quality Resources – 2011

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Indoor Air Quality Resources These websites offer great information about IAQ. There are many indoor air quality resources out there, and we cannot come close to listing them all, but we feel these are useful resources for most people looking for a primer. No single website will cover all the bases, so hopefully we’ve done






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Asthma and Allergy Resources It can be challenging to find asthma and allergy resources that are easy to understand and helpful. We often find ourselves in homes with children (and adults) with asthma, and they are unaware of what we consider “the basics” of managing indoor irritants and asthma triggers. Some basic self education is definitely






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