Many people are surprised to learn the air quality in an average home can be ten times more polluted than the air in an urban city. Plywood, paint and other materials commonly used for home building and remodeling can emit toxic chemicals, but there are eco-friendly options available.
Green building materials are a smarter, healthier choice. Environmentally-friendly plywood, paint and other products can reduce long-term exposure to formaldehyde and other hazardous chemicals. Here are three ways to ensure your next home building project or remodel is both eco- and people-friendly.
#1 Avoid Products with VOCs
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) include a variety of chemicals that can irritate the respiratory system, skin and eyes. VOCs have also been found to cause headaches and nausea. To reduce exposure to these hazardous chemicals, choose no-VOC paint and VOC-absorbing drywall.
#2 Purify Your Indoor Air
The easiest way to improve indoor air quality is by letting Mother Nature flush out VOC emissions. When possible, arrange windows in the home to allow for a cross-breeze.
When bad weather or other factors prevent the introduction of fresh air, use an air cleaner or plants that are designed to absorb VOCs. Choose an air cleaner with a carbon filter as high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters aren’t designed to reduce VOCs. When selecting house plants, refer to this list of VOC-absorbing plants created by NASA.
#3 Choose Timber Products Panels for Air Quality Piece of Mind
Timber Products Company is proud to offer plywood, MDF and particle board products unrivaled in quality and environmental responsibility. We offer a variety of NAF products that follow Title IV federal regulations and are also LEED® credit-eligible.
- Our plywood products meet the strictest emission requirements in North America.
- All Timber Products particle board contains 100% post-industrial recycled/recovered fiber and carries the FSC certification.
- No Added Urea Formaldehyde (NAUF) and Ultra Low Emitting Formaldehyde (ULEF) adhesives options are also available.
Wood products such as hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and particle board contain urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins. These pressed wood products are used in furniture, paneling, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and as part of a home’s structural skin.
To minimize formaldehyde exposure, choose NAF products, and for a truly green home, look for wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC certification ensures the source material came from responsibly-managed forests and harvested in a sustainable manner.
For more information on sustainable building materials, VOCs, or any of the other topics covered in this article, please contact us. One of our friendly product experts will be happy to answer your questions.
Creating a green home means more than just buying low-flow water fixtures and a programmable thermostat. By investing in environmentally-friendly materials for your next home building project, you can breathe easy knowing the family home is a healthier, eco-friendly place to live.