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A Cleaner & Greener Approach to Outdoor Living

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A Cleaner & Greener Approach to Outdoor Living

When it comes to healthy green building, Indoor-Outdoor living spaces present us with some of our toughest building material challenges - how do we provide the tough durable protection we need from sun and weather, and combine it with both the aesthetic look we want, non-toxic finishes and quality performance?   Luckily each spring brings innovative new products to market that offer a wider and more creative set of solutions for indoor-outdoor living spaces. Whether you are looking for products to use in these less climate-controlled spaces, or simply want to bring more sun, air, and nature to your indoor...

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Creating A Healthy Nursery: The Basics

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Innovational Wallcoverings: Sustainability Sold By The Yard

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Yes, there are earth-friendly wallcoverings available for homes and workspaces that reduce both the amount of natural resource necessary for manufacture and the pollution produced. There are no industry standards yet for making “green” wallcoverings, but there are some companies working to provide materials that meet design expectations while surpassing safety compliance and environmental concerns. One collection we have found offers Type II 54” wide wallcovering that is washable, scrubbable, and breathable. They use water-based inks that contain no heavy metals, the colors and textures are both rich and vibrant, and the papers themselves are interesting combinations of cellulose, natural...

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Sustainability: Practical, Beautiful, Resourceful and Cost Effective, All in One Lifestyle

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We need to mimic nature and create environments as whole systems of interrelated parts. The materials we use for building and finishing are part of this whole network of systems that combine together to create healthy home and work spaces. Energy systems run lights, water, heating and appliances. The material we use to create those parts also affect the amount of energy required to run the system. Solar panels, tubes and skylights end up saving energy and money down the road. Water purification systems save water and money in water purchase. Insulation and updated technologies improve the heating efficiency of...

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Surfaces: Coatings That Are Helpful Not Harmful

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The very ingredients added to improve the performance of finishes also create air pollution problems. Solvents and chemicals included in paints, stains, and sealants “offgas” (or give off fumes) and cause many health and environmental problems Internationally, there has been a demand to develop standards for emission testing on all paints, stains and sealants that emit toxic chemicals and fumes into the atmosphere. Manufacturers of coatings in Europe now have to decrease volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 70% during manufacture and use. Adverse reactions and damaging side effects are now more regularly noted by both residents in newly painted homes...

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