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  • Concrete-Slab Foundations

    Easily constructed in a healthy manner, it can be part of a house foundation or built separately from the footings and foundation wall.
  • Living Space

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

    Material made of several layers of wood glued together, which is widely used in home 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.
  • Central Vacuum System

    Central vacuums have a number of advantages over portable units.
  • Ventilation and air pressure

    The bringing in of fresh air and the exhausting of stale air, and how air pressure differences are involved.
  • Bottled Water

    It’s convenient and healthful, but is it “green?”
  • Particle Board

    Made from small softwood particles that resemble coarse sawdust, and is usually held together with potent urea-formaldehyde (UF) glue.
  • 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.
  • Sheathing

    Sheathing adds strength and wind resistance to house walls, and is now made in a variety of materials.
  • Personal Health Record (PHR)

    A Personal Health Record (PHR) is a tool that enables you to collect, manage and share past and current information about your health or the health of someone in your care.
  • Vapor Barrier

    It’s an essential component of construction in a healthy home.
  • Polyurethane and polyisocyanurate

    Polyurethane can be a flexible foam, as used in upholstery, or a rigid foam, as in insulation.
  • CFL

    Compact fluorescent lamps offer great energy savings over traditional incandescent or halogen lighting. There are trade-offs, however.
  • Insulation

    A material that inhibits the flow of heat.
  • Concrete

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

    Synthetic fragrances and scents, added to a wide-range of consumer products, are among the most common household air pollutants.

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