Natural Resources Defense Council BUILDING GREEN FROM PRINCIPLE TO PRACTICE
Home Build Your Business Case Set Your Budget and Goals Adopt a Whole-Building Approach Apply Sustainable Building Strategies Capitalize on Your Achievement
SAFEGUARDING INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

Commonly used paints, adhesives, carpets and other building materials and furnishings, as well as many types of cleaning and maintenance products, emit gases that can cause eye and lung irritation and other health problems.

During your design and construction process, specify low-emitting materials that do not require frequent cleaning to help maintain good indoor air quality throughout the life of the building.

Also, protect all materials from moisture to avoid problems with biological contaminants, such as mold. Environmentally sound building products may require longer lead times for delivery, but you can manage this with advance planning.

By taking steps to protect air quality and ensure proper ventilation in your building or workspace, you can reduce employee absenteeism and boost productivity as you limit your liability and increase the marketability of your property.
TOP THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Choosing Your Site
Maximizing Water Efficiency
Saving Energy
Making Smart Use of Materials and Resources
Safeguarding Indoor Environmental Quality
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