Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are found in many materials associated with home building, including paints, primers, finishes, stains, adhesives, treated lumber, spray foams, and insulation. They can be dangerous for the environment as well as human health, and therefore using materials with low- or zero-VOCs is one of the best practices of green building. Using low- or zero-VOC materials can protect the air quality in your home, and protect the environment as well.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and/or long-term adverse health effects. Common reactions to VOCs include headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. The EPA has stated that some VOCs can cause cancer in animals, and some are suspected or known to also cause cancer in humans.
At EDGE Energy, we have your health and the health of the environment in mind. That’s why we strive to use low- or zero-VOC materials whenever possible, and we promise to discuss all the options with you for each material you need. In addition, we promise to keep in mind that while you want products that are “green,” you’re also looking for materials that are durable, so we’ll do our best to give you the best recommendations on every project.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate low- or zero-VOC materials is when you’re repainting your home! Whenever possible we only use paint with low or zero levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) to keep your home healthy and environmentally friendly. Traditional paint emits VOCs as it dries; this is what causes that “new paint” smell.
Talk to us today about the different low- or zero-VOC options for the materials you need for your green building project!
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