Select building materials that are not known to emit harmful toxins.
Minimize occupant exposure to VOCs Use cabinetry, doors, molding, shelving, and trim materials with low VOCs. Employ caulks, adhesives, paints, varnishes, and other finishes that are free of solvents and VOCs.
Minimize occupant exposure to molds by using mold-resistant materials in bathrooms and other water-sensitive locations.
Use nontoxic cleaning products within buildings. Provide building occupants information on green and healthy cleaning products and practices.
Best Practice Strategies
Remove or avoid use of carpet, which can hold allergens, and instead use smooth wood flooring or polished concrete.
Use air filters and purifiers that exceed industry standards to keep the air clean and minimize allergies.
Select furniture to support indoor air quality. Use solid wood rather than pressedwood products. Choose upholstered furniture that is free of flame retardants and off-gassing chemicals.
Incorporate walk-off mats at building entrances to reduce the amount of dust, dirt, and moisture tracked indoors.
Cofounder and CEO, Specialized Real Estate Group
I grew up with severe allergies and asthma. While there are likely many factors that led to the severity of my experience with both asthma and allergies, I am confident that the buildings I lived and spent time in contributed to the problem. Looking back, I see that the indoor air quality of those buildings was a major contributor to my issues. Since this realization, I have become committed to practices that deliver better air quality in both our new construction and existing projects.