Green home air quality Advice

Green Homes 101

Making your home a greener place is a commitment to yourself, your family, your community, and the world. But more than that, it is a learning process. As exciting new technologies, products, and scientific breakthroughs constantly emerge, staying educated on the hows—as well as the whys—of maintaining a green home is the best way to ensure your efforts are as effective and beneficial as possible. More…

Tips for Living Green

Having a home that contributes to a healthy environment is important, but a home is only as green as the people who live in it. In and out of the home, there is a lot you can do to help protect the world’s air, water, land, wildlife, and climate. More…

Buyer’s Guide to Stains

This buyer’s guide summarizes the environmental pros and cons and durability of the three major categories of wood stains: natural oil, acrylic or urethane, and water-based. Use it to find the best stain for your specific project. More…

Green Stone & Tile Recommendations

Like all building materials, stone and tile products have both beneficial and negative environmental aspects. With respect to indoor air quality, people with serious allergies or other chronic respiratory ailments better tolerate stone and tile products because they release few, if any, emissions. More…

Buyer’s Guide to Eco Stone & Tile

This buyer's guide will help you compare the environmental attributes of stone and tile materials. Use this summary chart to choose the best stone or tile material for your specific project. Links to green product directories and additional resources are provided below the chart. More…

Selecting Healthy and Environmentally Sound Clear Wood Finishes

By Alex Pennock

Clear finishes protect wood from wear, moisture, and aging, but they can degrade the environment—in your home and elsewhere. This overview provides in-depth comparisons of Lacquer, Natural Oil, Shellac, Varnish, and Water-based clear finishes. More…

Selecting Healthy and Environmentally Sound Stains

By Alex Pennock

Many stains are made with toxic substances that come from nonrenewable resources or are energy-intensive or polluting to produce, so even low-VOC stains can have an impact on the environment. This overview provides in-depth comparisons of natural oil, acrylic / urethane, and water-based wood stains. More…

Clear Finish Buyer’s Guide

This buyer’s guide compares and contrasts clear finish materials on their environmental and health qualities, and includes selection tips. Use it to find the best clear coating for your specific project. More…

About VOCs

Low- or no-VOC is synonymous with green paints and coatings. According to the EPA, VOCs can cause respiratory, skin, and eye irritation; headaches; nausea; muscle weakness; and more serious ailments and diseases. But what exactly are VOCs, and how can you reduce their impact on your project? More…

Elements of a Green Baby Nursery

By Debra Lynn Dadd

The most important aspect of green design for a newborn’s environment is to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals as much as possible. A nontoxic nursery is especially important because newborns spend most of their life in the nursery—an average of 16 to 17 hours a day. More…