Building Materials & HVAC
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Building materials HVAC and energy efficiency are the materials that you don’t see but are essential to a healthy building. Here you’ll find information on lumber, insulation, sealants and adhesives and heating, air conditioning and ventilation equipment (HVAC)
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Adhesives and Sealants
Adhesives are used throughout the construction of a home although you won’t see them. Many off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs) harming indoor air quality. We highlight sealants that are low or zero VOC. Sealants, on the other hand, can help keep those nasty VOCs from off-gassing in the first place. They are great when there is no alternative to an adhesive or for carpeting or furniture.
Building envelope materials including windows and doors, rain screens, cladding, roofing, building wrap and more.
Heating and Cooling
In addition to standard natural gas, electric and oil furnaces, there are other methods of heating your home including masonry ovens and pellet furnaces.
There are several ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency including sealing holes in the building envelope, adding more insulation, and getting more energy efficient appliances.
Insulation isn’t made from just fiberglass or old newspapers anymore. From sheep’s wool to cork to hemp, there are plenty of alternatives to the usual materials.
Interior Building Materials
Building materials include materials used inside a house for construction. Drywall made from recycled material, FSC lumber, drywall mud for chemically sensitive people. Many are made from recycled materials, renewable resources or responsibly-managed forests. They tend to be low to zero VOC as well.