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Giving Thanks

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

Release Date: 11/20/2018

Hiring the Right IAQ Professional show art Hiring the Right IAQ Professional

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

You're investigating noxious, unfamiliar odors in your home and need to hire someone.  Where do you go?  Who can you trust?  All too often, we get suck in "analysis paralysis" and either get recommendations from too many people or we hire someone who claims they can find the problem, but is woefully ignorant of the best testing methods.  Today, Jay and I discussing how to find the right IAQ professionals for troubleshooting your home, and I talk about some current projects that you can probably relate t

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The Glue That Keeps it All Together show art The Glue That Keeps it All Together

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

If you think about all the items that go into a new home build, most people kind of forget about the glues, adhesives and caulks that are used during the build.  Caulking around doors and windows, adhesives under the sub flooring, glues for the cabinetry, etc.  While the amount of actual material doesn't add up to the volume of paint you would use, it can certainly make for harmful indoor air if the wrong products gets used.  

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Should I Build New or Remodel?  show art Should I Build New or Remodel?

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

Jay and Andy get many questions like this on a daily basis, so they thought why not have the discussion on the podcast for all to hear!   Do I rip out and replace my cabinets, or can I refinish them? Can I seal the off gassing of my countertop or should I just get something new?  Do I remodel my entire home or just start from scratch. There are definitely pros and cons to both side of this topic, so lots of great information in this episode. 

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New Flooring Options and Trends show art New Flooring Options and Trends

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

On today's episode, Jay and I talk about flooring options for your home.  We break down the "green" and human friendly attributes of various floors like cork, bamboo and wood, we discuss colors and trends, then we top it off with a quick guide to pricing so you can know what to expect as you start your research.  So if you're designing a new home or remodeling your existing space, this is definitely an episode you don't want to miss!

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Constructing a Healthy, High-Performance Home show art Constructing a Healthy, High-Performance Home

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Water is essential for life, yet can cause so much destruction.  Building a healthy home requires the use of many materials, very few as important as what we'll be discussing today.  Etienne Gubler of Siga North America joins us today to discuss how his company's tapes, wraps and membranes can eliminate the destructive element of water intrusion, and allow our well-built homes to last far beyond the typical service life we get here in North America.  Plus, we take a few questions from the mailbag.

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Offgassing....The Hidden Danger in our Homes show art Offgassing....The Hidden Danger in our Homes

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

Jay and I today take a deep dive into the extremely important topic of chemical offgassing.   Folks, I know that I believe every episode of NTE is important.  But this one it at the top of the 'important' list!  In my eyes, the elimination of offgassing of your building materials is the most crucial aspect of healthy home building or remodeling. Whether you're painting your home, replacing the carpet or just want to keep the indoor air as pristine as can be, this episode is for YOU!

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Taking a Pulse of the Healthy Building Industry show art Taking a Pulse of the Healthy Building Industry

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 Jay and I were talking earlier this week about some trends in the healthy building industry, and it occurred to us that we should immediately stop talking and jump on the microphones to continue the discussion.  I'll admit, I did talk about one or two scary trends that we're facing (insert spray foam insulation here), but i promise that 90% of the show is positive! 

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Project Planning to Avoid Frustration show art Project Planning to Avoid Frustration

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Its a common theme with many of our episodes.  Jay and I will always remind you to prepare your surfaces, prepare the area, manage your expectations!  Let me be honest, folks.  Chip and Joanna dont actually remodel a bathroom over a weekend!! It cant happen.  It takes planning and lots of it. I recorded an audio article for a magazine a few months back about this topic and I thought you all would enjoy it. After that, I'll read a question I got from a customer I haven't worked with since 2005.

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When Jay and I need inspiration or information show art When Jay and I need inspiration or information

Non Toxic Environments Home Health & Wellness

Neither Jay nor I can ever admit to "knowing it all".  Far from it, in fact.  Both of us need to refer to others on a regular basis and of course, we rely on the internet to help.  Sometimes we need contact names for specific professionals.  Other times...we just need inspiration to get us through a rough day or a difficult project.  So when those times come...and they come often these days...here's some of the sites we go to.

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Monthly Mailbag and New Home Project Updates  show art Monthly Mailbag and New Home Project Updates 

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This is our monthly episode where Jay and I open up the mailbag and answer listener questions.  However, the first half of the show, Jay and I discuss some of the new home projects I'm currently working on and some of the more critical issues that our clients are facing right now.  Mold, moisture and more!  This is a really good episode and should be quite helpful to anyone who's building now or is planning to build soon.  

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I know its a bit cliche to do a show about giving thanks this time of the year, but Jay and I both feel compelled to do so anyway!  Obviously, we wouldn't be here without our spouses, family, co-workers and employees, so that all goes with our saying.  This episode is all about giving thanks to the early pioneers of our industry, our customers and listeners, and many others. Thank YOU for allowing us to do this and to invite us into your home every week!