Low-VOC Vs. Eco-Friendly Wall Paints and Coatings

Most conventional paint products and coatings emit dangerous VOCs that are used to enhance product performance and shelf life. Bowing to consumer pressure, the industry has made a significant shift to water-based paints that are lower in VOCs than solvent-based paints. Today, many low-toxicity, and low-VOC paint alternatives are available. What are low-VOC paints? These paints are now generally accepted to mean a paint with a VOC content less than 100 mg/L. While a variety of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints {Read More}

Everything Matters – Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons

Beautiful and bountiful, bamboo has created an upswing in the green flooring market. Advertised as an inexpensive and eco-friendly flooring option, this quick-growing grass is rapidly taking place of the traditional oak floors. The emerging global bamboo market is experiencing rapid growth as well with an expected value reaching $20 billion by 2015. The question is how much of a virtuous bamboo image is authentic and how much is just a campaign by a prosperous industry. That’s why we dig {Read More}

Pros and Cons of Fiberglass Insulation

Q: What are pros and cons of fiberglass insulation? Insulation saves energy. Adding insulation above the lowest requirements set by codes for the health and comfort of the occupants can help protect the environment, increase energy efficiency of your home and reduce carbon emissions. The thermal resistance of insulation is designated by R-value. The higher the R-value, the superior the insulating property. Fiberglass is probably the most widespread type of insulation known today. By composition it is a fiber-reinforced polymer. {Read More}