Paint choice should high on the list when building a green home. While paint color and finish have a major impact on the overall aesthetics of a space, the paint itself may have a major negative impact on the healthfulness of a home.
Finishing the interior of a new home to meet green building objectives involves installing energy and water efficient appliances, and using non-toxic paints and sealants for walls, woodwork, floors and cabinets.
The airborne chemicals released during painting, after the paint has dried, and when paint is removed, are considered VOCs (volatile organic compounds). The concentration of these pollutants can be up to ten times higher inside your home than out of doors, due to a lack of ventilation.
Few things can dramatically change a home's interior or exterior so quickly and cheaply as a new coat of paint. But paint products and the painting process itself can compromise indoor air quality and create unexpected hazards. By selecting the...
There are some simple solutions to the problem of leftover paint, but, sometimes you just want to get rid of it. Oil-based paints should not be thrown in the normal trash because they are hazardous waste. Latex paint has a...
When it comes to comparing paint for its green qualities, the lower the VOC number, the better. The lowest VOC amounts are generally found in light colored, flat, latez paint, but to learn about additional color and finish options, this chart compares low-voc products from 30 companies.
Many common household cleaning products contain alcohols, ammonia, bleach, formaldehyde, and lye which may cause many health issues. This fact sheet from Build It Green addresses how to keep your home looking its best, while at the same time, providing a safe environment for the inhabitants.