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  • 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.
  • Polyurethane and polyisocyanurate

    Polyurethane can be a flexible foam, as used in upholstery, or a rigid foam, as in insulation.
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)

    Chlorofluorocarbons define a category of chemicals which contain chlorine, fluorine and carbon.
  • Insulation

    A material that inhibits the flow of heat.
  • Nanotechnology

    Nanotechnology describes the creation and use of materials, devices and systems which control matter at the atomic or molecular level or “nanoscale”.
  • MTBE

    MTBE (methyl tertiary-butyl ether) is a chemical compound that is manufactured by the chemical reaction of methanol and isobutylene. MTBE is produced in very large quantities (over 200,000 barrels per day in the U.S. in 1999) and is almost exclusively used as a fuel additive in motor gasoline.
  • Asbestos

    A wide range of building materials may contain asbestos, particularly where insulation or heat and fire resistance are essential to safe construction.
  • N95 respirator

    An essential tool used to protect people from hazardous fumes during certain jobs.
  • Combustion Gases

    Gases released during the combustion of heating and other fuels that can include carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide.
  • Lead Paint

    If it’s in good shape, it just needs regular cleaning to avoid hazards.
  • Wood: Softwood vs Hardwood

    How to chose the best wood for your home and health.
  • Hazardous Waste

    These products can threaten your family’s health and the environment.
  • Green Cleaning

    Cleaning to protect both health and the environment.
  • CFL

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

    HE washers save significant energy over traditional washing machines by decreasing the amount of water needed per load and shortening drying times.
  • Sheathing

    Sheathing adds strength and wind resistance to house walls, and is now made in a variety of materials.

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