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  • LEED

    The U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is a nationally accepted benchmark.
  • Green Cleaning

    Cleaning to protect both health and the environment.
  • Borax

    A natural salt, also known as sodium borate, that has become popular as a nontoxic ingredient in homemade green cleaners.
  • Source Control

    The principle of using nonpolluting materials in the living space, or of removing polluting materials from the living space.
  • ATP

    Adenosine Triphosphate is the main energy transfer molecule present in all living (and once living) biological cells including animal, plant, bacterial, yeast, and mold cells.
  • Separation

    The principle of isolating pollutants from the living space.
  • Viruses

    Microorganisms that can cause a lot of mischief, viruses need hosts for propagation.
  • By-Products of Metabolism

    Solids, liquids, and gases given off by living creatures as a normal part of the life process.
  • Recirculate

    To move air through the living space without adding fresh air or removing stale air.
  • Occupied Space

    The part of a house to which the occupants normally have access, or habitable rooms; also called the living space.
  • Spillage

    A situation where some of the combustion by-products spill into the living space, rather than go up the chimney, usually due to insufficient draft.
  • Single-Port Ventilator

    An exhaust device having only one suction connection for a duct from the living space. See also multi-port ventilator.
  • Category A Room

    A room, such as a bedroom or living room, that is often occupied for long periods and requires general ventilation.
  • Return Air

    Air from a living space that enters an air handler, such as a furnace or air conditioner, and is returned back to the space.
  • Pesticides

    Chemical compounds formulated to kill living creatures.
  • Supply Air

    The air entering a house through a ventilation system. Also, the conditioned air passing from a furnace/air conditioner into the living space.
  • ICF or Insulating Concrete Form

    Insulating Concrete Forms or ICFs are popular in green building projects because of their thermal performance, durability, non-outgassing materials, and other reasons.
  • Microbes

    The scientific name for what many people call germs or bugs. Microbes contribute to bad smelling bathrooms, but also function as natural cleaning agents.
  • Wood: Softwood vs Hardwood

    How to chose the best wood for your home and health.
  • Oriented Strand board (OSB)

    As with construction-grade plywood, it can often be used in a healthy house if it is well-separated from the living space.

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