Something that smells bad is your first key that it probably is bad, yet airborne stuff that is harmful to your health doesn’t always smell bad. Controlling the stuff that causes problems, or pollutant source control, is key to controlling the air flow and air quality in your home. Many odors, such as the smell of paint drying, comes from what is known as off-gassing or the slow release of volatile organic chemicals or VOCs. Per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.” Awareness of this issue is important as the impact of VOCs is vital to those who suffer from allergies, COPD, asthma and any kind of upper respiratory issues.
Homeowners also need to become aware of the pollutants, allergens, and dust that come into the home from the outside as well. Sealing the envelope of a structure is the process of controlling the interior climate and atmosphere from unwanted outside influences. An alternative to traditional sealants such high VOC spray foams and caulking is a Green Guard certified product called AeroBarrier, an air sealing technique which works to seal minuscule
leaks in your home using a blower door that pressurizes the house and a computer that controls the level of tightness or seal.
The important thing to remember is that we now have low or no VOC choices that can put us back on track to having a healthier more sustainable home environment.
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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:
Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.
Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.
Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com
Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.
Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University
Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.