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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 2:08 pm 
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There was an article in the "New in Homes" section of today's Toronto Star on using straw as a hypoallergenic, environmentally-friendly building material. They provide a link to a website--

http://www.strawbalebuilding.ca

Lisa


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 3:51 pm 
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Hey that's really interesting! Thanks!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:11 pm 
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You're welcome :) One day when I get out of school and if I manage to settle somewhere I want to have a house that is allergy free and as easy on the environment as possible. Right now this is just a dream, but it would be great if other people have any other ideas on this topic.


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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2005 9:51 am 
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The Toronto Star is great for providing info. on environmentally-friendly products! There's an article in the Condo Living section of today's Star on eco-friendly products for the home.

Harvest Homes http://www.harvesthomes.ca
Brunswick's Eco-House http://www.eco-house.com
Looolo Textiles http://www.looolo.ca


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:14 pm 
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There's an article in today's Toronto Star in the "New in Homes" section on "Guarding your home against pollutants."

Cheryl Gillespie writes that the air in a new home "could be five to 20 times more polluted than the outdoor air in the most industrialized cities," but indoor pollution can be drastically reduced by using paints and building materials which release low levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

some of her tips include:
avoiding medium-density fibre board (contains formaldehyde)
-using slate, bamboo, hardwood, granite, or cork for flooring and formaldehyde-free laminates
-using wooden window frames
-choose plaster instead of drywall
-avoid polyvinyl chloride as much as possible since PVCs contain dioxins, mercury, and lead
-also look into the materials in blinds, drapery, furniture

It is healthier for everyone to choose more environmentally-friendly building materials, but people with allergies are especially affected.

Cheryl Gillespie also builds homes in B.C. -- http://www.cheryllgillespie.com

Another "green" building idea from an article way back in June (June 25)--
http://www.gardensinthesky.com

Then there's the "dome house" -- http://www.gldc.ca

There was a great article a few weeks back which had info. about new homes being built in a few areas in Ontario which are energy efficient + have great ventilation systems that are marketed as good for people with allergies. But I can't seem to find the clipping!


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