Sustainable Materials: Built-Ins
Make sure that any built-in cabinetry, flooring, or carpeting in your home are built with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) materials to help improve the quality of your indoor air.
Many varnishes, adhesives, and sealants used in making these furnishings can contain high VOC, which are toxic substances that get off-gassed over time. Off-gassing is the release of the VOC that was dissolved or absorbed in the material – and can have some harmful impacts on human health.
Many low VOC products are widely available, such as cabinetry and benchtops with low formaldehyde content. A good rule of thumb is to always ask any supplier about the toxicity and environmental credentials of their products.