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  • Accidental Ventilation

    Random air movement into and out of a house.
  • Airtight Construction

    Building techniques that result in a house with a small effective leakage area (ELA) to conserve energy.
  • Airtight Drywall Approach (ADA)

    Building techniques that result in a house with a small effective leakage area (ELA) to conserve energy.
  • Arsenic

    Highly toxic and a known carcinogen, sources of arsenic contamination include industrial and workplace exposure, ingestion of food and water containing arsenic-related substances and more.
  • Asbestos

    A wide range of building materials may contain asbestos, particularly where insulation or heat and fire resistance are essential to safe construction.
  • Basement Foundations

    Unfinished and uninsulated basements have a high potential for mold growth and other contamination problems, but can be healthy with proper planning.
  • Batt

    A widely used form of insulation.
  • Blower Door Test

    Blower door tests help determine a home's airtightness.
  • Borax

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

    It’s convenient and healthful, but is it “green?”
  • Building Envelope

    The exterior portion of a structure, usually insulated, that surrounds the conditioned space.
  • Concrete

    Durable, versatile material made of four main ingredients: cement, aggregate, water, and admixtures.
  • Conditioned Space

    The part of a house, within the building envelope, that is kept at comfortable controlled temperature and humidity levels.
  • Controlled Ventilation

    Purposeful air movement into and out of a building in a regular way.
  • Crawl Space Foundations

    Unlike basement foundations, a crawl space is not considered part of a home’s living space. Crawl spaces are usually accessed only to repair pipes, ducts or mechanical equipment.
  • Formaldehyde

    A common gas found in indoor air, often released from building materials, consisting of 1 carbon atom, 2 hydrogen atoms, and 1 oxygen atom.
  • Formaldehyde-Based Glues

    Common glues that hold together manufactured wood products such as plywood, oriented strand board and medium density fiber board.
  • Foundation

    Supports a house and transmits its load to the ground or soil. It can have a significant impact on the health and integrity of a home.
  • Green Cleaning

    Cleaning to protect both health and the environment.
  • Humidity

    Humidity is moisture in the air in the form of invisible water vapor. See absolute humidity and relative humidity.

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