Natural Resources Defense Council BUILDING GREEN FROM PRINCIPLE TO PRACTICE
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SAFEGUARD INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

You can help protect the occupants in your building from eye and lung irritation and other health problems by specifying gas-free materials and furnishings and keeping your space well ventilated.

Materials and Furnishings

Choose materials such as carpets, paints, wall coverings and adhesives carrying the Green Seal label and furnishings with Greenguard certification -- signifying they emit low levels of potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Cleaning and Maintenance

Limit the use of harmful cleaning solvents in your space by choosing low-maintenance floorings and furnishings and by equipping entryways with features such as awnings, mats and walk-off areas.
Minimize the spread of toxic chemicals in your space by centrally locating janitorial facilities and installing a separate ventilation system and sink for mixing concentrated cleaning agents.
Use cleaning products that come in concentrated form and minimize the use of harmful compounds.
Ventilation

Specify a displacement ventilation system that delivers low-speed fresh air at floor level and allows it to rise in the room.
Install operable windows, which keep occupants comfortable and more satisfied by allowing them to control their access to fresh air.
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Safeguard Indoor Environmental
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