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4 Materials To Avoid When Building An Eco-Friendly Home

4 Materials To Avoid When Building An Eco-Friendly Home

4 Materials To Avoid When Building An Eco-Friendly Home
An eco friendly home includes installing energy efficient systems, using insulated walls and windows, eco friendly building material, recycled products, among others. (Dreamstime/Andrey Popov)

Eco-friendly constructions are picking up pace globally, as people feel the need of saving the environment and even giving it back. An eco-friendly home is an ideal home that is in sync with the environment and doesn't have a negative impact on it. It is also helps you to cut on your expenses. An eco-friendly home includes installing energy efficient systems, using insulated walls and windows, eco- friendly building material, recycled products, among others. But, there are certain materials and chemicals that you should avoid in an eco-friendly home.

MakaanIQ lists some materials you should to avoid in your eco-friendly home:

Volatile organic compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are organic pollutants present in cleaning materials, paint, furniture and permanent markers. Presence of VOC indoors can cause health ailments. Some of these ailments includes headaches, nausea, and damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system, and eye and throat irritation. Opt for products that have low or no VOC content.

Petroleum-based products

There are various products such as paraffin wax, oil-based paints, pigments solvent, tarnish and plastics that are derived from petrochemicals. Using too much of petroleum based products in your home can have a negative impact on your health as well as the environment. Inhaling petroleum vapours for a long time can affect your nervous system and lead to respiratory problems, as well.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a building material. Adhesives, used to hold together the MDF and particleboard, plywood panelling, have high content of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde emissions are known to nauseate and even affect the eyes. These emission can also cause cancer in animals. In order to reduce its impact, use pressed-wood products made of phenol resins.

Phthalates

Phthalates is a chemical that is present in insecticides, shower curtains, glue and perfume. To avoid this chemical to grow in your home, reduce its usage by not storing foods in plastic bags or cans. Use glass bowls for microwaving the food instead of using plastic utensil.

Last Updated: Mon Apr 25 2016

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