Indoor Air Quality

  • EPA Report Targets IEQ and Remodeling

    November 2010 study unveils voluntary protocols for reducing risks from indoor air contaminants due to energy-efficiency upgrades to residential buildings.

     
  • David Jacobs on Indoor Environmental Quality

    Research director of the National Center For Healthy Housing discusses current concerns and looks ahead at emerging issues that will affect indoor environmental quality.

     
  • Solid Surfacing

    DuPont. The Corian Terra collection of solid surfaces, made with recycled materials, now includes 33 colors; five colors have at least 20% pre-consumer recycled resin content as certified by SCS.

     
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    Product Review: Central Vacuum Systems

    Central vacuum systems can remove dust and dirt more effectively than conventional vacuum cleaners, keeping the air and floors a lot cleaner.

     
  • 4 Green Features Customers Want

    How to show clients that a sustainable home can save money and improve their lives.

     
  • Case Study: Modest-Sized House Plan Offers Outsized Performance

    A North Carolina builder creates a smarter stock house plan.

     
  • Case Study: LEED-Platinum Co-op Hits All the Right Notes

    Bronx building is the first multifamily project to receive a LEED Innovation point for Active Design.

     
  • High Tech High Chula Vista

    Studio E Architects

     
  • EHDA Merit Award: Concord Green Home

    A traditional-yet-fresh style and a focus on optimal indoor air quality combine to create a comfortable, livable home in Massachusetts.

     
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    Herman Miller Harmon Lounge

    The Harmon Lounge from Herman Miller, Nemschoff, and Herman Miller Healthcare is Greenguard-certified for indoor air quality and for children and schools.

     
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    Commentary: It's Time to Get Water Smart

    We've got a pretty good handle on energy, resource efficiency, and indoor air quality. Now it's time to get very serious about water conservation--before it's too late.

     
  • ASHRAE Publishes New Guideline on Indoor Environmental Quality

    Guideline 10 provides guidance on achieving good indoor environmental quality considering interactions of air quality, thermal conditions, lighting, and acoustics.

     
  • Beaulieu. Green Label Pluscertified Bliss Magic Fresh carpet is made with Stainmaster Luxerell BCF nylon and offers a rich, wool-like appearance and softness, the company says. It includes Xtralife and LotusFX stain and soil resistance technologies and Magic Fresh odor-reducing treatment. The frieze 46-ounce carpet comes in 30 colors. 800.227.7211. www.blissflooring.com.

    Product Review: Carpet

    Evaluating carpet for green-built homes requires looking beyond the surface--to the fibers, backings, treatments, adhesives, and padding.

     
  • Owens Corning. The company is replacing all of its batt insulation products with EcoTouch Pink Fiberglas with PureFiber technology, which is made with a formaldehyde-free formulation and contains at least 50% recycled content. The company claims the new formulation improves installation through reduced dust and particulates and increased workability. The product is certified by SCS for recycled content and by Greenguard for indoor air quality. 800.438.7465. www.owenscorning.com.

    Formaldehyde-Free, Recycled-Content Insulation From Owens Corning

    Owens Corning. The company is replacing all of its batt insulation products with EcoTouch Pink Fiberglas with PureFiber technology, which is made with a formaldehyde-free formulation and contains at least 50% recycled content. The company claims the new formulation improves installation through...

     
  • UL Environment Acquires Greenguard Certification Programs

    In acquiring Air Quality Sciences, UL Environment also absorbs its certifying body Greenguard Environmental Institute.

     
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    Laticrete Grout

    Laticrete has released six new grout colors for the installation of stone and tile.

     
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    Commentary: Truly Green Projects Take Building Science Seriously

    Some aspect of the success or failure of your green building projects relates directly to how well you apply building science principles.

     
  • Accsys Technologies. To make Accoya lumber, the company starts with sustainably harvested wood then manufactures it using a non-toxic acetylation process that makes the product more dimensionally stable and durable than tropical hardwoods, the firm says. It is indigestible for many insects, including termites, and is suitable for use as decking and in components for windows, doors, and structural elements. The wood carries FSC, PEFC, and Cradle to Cradle Gold certifications. 972.233.6565. www.accoya.com.

    New + Notable

    New products for green-built homes.

     
  • Knauff Insulation KISS

    Knauff Insulation has introduced the Knauff Insulation and Sealing System (KISS), which is a combination of EcoSeal, Water-Based Elastomeric Sealant, and EcoBatt Insulation or Jet Stream Ultra Premium Blowing Insulation.

     
  • Redeux, by Trove, is a PVC-free commercial grade wallcovering that contains 31 percent post-consumer recycled material. It contributes to enhanced indoor air quality because of its high level of breathability and resistance to mold and mildew with no harmful gas emissions. The company offers a reclamation program for Redeux in which excess material or waste can be sent back to Trove for reuse and recycling. troveline.com; 212.268.2046.

    Trove Redeux

    Redeux, by Trove, is a PVC-free commercial grade wallcovering that contains 31% post-consumer recycled materials.

     
 
 
 
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