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Healthy Construction During Covid-19

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

Release Date: 04/11/2020

Please help, my home is off gassing! show art Please help, my home is off gassing!

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

One of the most frequent calls we get.  My walls, my carpet, my cabinetry is off gassing...what do I do??? Today, Jay and I tackle that question and discuss what off gassing really is and how to deal with it.  Plus, I take a little time to talk about why I LOVE doing what I do and helping people with their healthy home dreams.  

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Healthy home building...post pandemic show art Healthy home building...post pandemic

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

Jay and I always appreciate the opportunity to talk with Jen and Rusty Stout from JS2 Partners about their business.  On this episode, we'll find out how the pandemic has affected construction times, as well as helped their clients focus on what's most important.  Lots of exciting news from them, so please enjoy the show!

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Independence Day 2021 show art Independence Day 2021

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

Seems a whole lot different than a year ago, thats for sure!  As the word starts to open up again, Id like to take a few minutes to let you know what's happening with material availability and pricing. Also an exciting new offering in the world of spray foam insulation.

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Non-Toxic Closet Systems show art Non-Toxic Closet Systems

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

Many years ago, our local builders association constructed a model "green" home that achieved LEED Platinum status. I walked in to inspect it and had to walk out minutes later due to the offgassing coming primarily from the closet shelving systems.  Since then, I've been on a quest to find the perfect system. Well, here it is!!  Today I talk with Rob Norden, CEO of Lundia USA, who has developed the healthiest system I've ever seen.  

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An interview with Michael Frerking, Living Systems Architecture show art An interview with Michael Frerking, Living Systems Architecture

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

Stick frame, ICF, rammed earth, net zero..... what does it all amount to when you are building a new home or doing a major remodel.... one that has to be healthy, sustainable and light on the earth? 

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Project Updates show art Project Updates

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

Woo boy it has been a while since Jay and I have been behind the NTE microphones.  So glad to be back!  Today we discuss some project updates, material pricing and take a few listener questions.  Thanks for joining us!!

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Is it time to rethink ICF? show art Is it time to rethink ICF?

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

Im a huge fan of ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) construction... have been for years.  It can be the single best way to avoid mold in a new home project, but I've steered away from it because of the cost.  With the rising prices of traditional lumber, is now a good time to rethink ICF for our new projects?  I'll talk about that, along with some early spring project tips and tricks.  

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March Musings show art March Musings

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Its been few weeks since Jay and I sat down together to talk about what's rambling through our minds.  Sure, the high cost of building and material shortages are putting a stranglehold on parts of our industry right now, but there are silver linings and great deals to be had.  We'll talk about this and several more timely topics on today's show. 

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Healthy Materials and Sustainable Spaces show art Healthy Materials and Sustainable Spaces

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

Jay steps up to the plate this week to knock out a great interview with another sustainability expert and thought leader, Ian Johnson.    Ian talks about the broad picture of sustainable building, but also shares his extensive knowledge and experience with healthy materials research.  

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Wood Furniture Re-finishing show art Wood Furniture Re-finishing

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

One of the hottest topics in our email and phone messages these days is the idea of refinishing furniture.  Let's face it, the cost of buying new seems overwhelming, so why not just freshen up what we already have?  I wish I could say its an easy task, but in order to do it right and make it look good, it requires a lot of patience, skill, the correct tools and high quality products. Do you even know if your table will take a new finish?  Are you sure you still want to try?  Then, here's your episode!

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While the nation is on lockdown, work still needs to be done.  Today we speak with one of our partner builders in Texas that gives us a ton of useful information about working within this current environment.  Jen and Rusty from JS2 Partners specialize in custom healthy home builds, so they are used to working with clients who have serious health issues, so their experience translates perfectly to what we are currently dealing with.

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