008 // Your Healthy Building Material Questions Answered.

We're continuing our healthy building materials mini-series by answering listener questions specific to healthy home building materials and finishes.


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Questions Covered in this episode:

  • I am doing a renovation to my house and have spent so much time searching for healthy building products.   It's confusing because there is so much greenwashing, I don't know what I should believe.  Now I'm frustrated and overwhelmed.  Is there a place I can go to find out if a product is safe to use in my home?
  • I have to replace drywall and insulation due to mold remediation.  What should I be choosing for healthy drywall and insulation for the new walls?
  • We are replacing the vinyl flooring in my house that was installed about 25 years ago with a floating wood floor.  We pulled up a small section of it and it has a terrible toxic smell.  What can we do to get rid of the smell before installing the new floor?
  • It seems like everything in our lives need to be non-toxic for us to be safe.  From food, to clothing, car seats, shampoo, building materials.  Is this really possible?

A few helpful links:

Do you have questions on how to make your home more health and wellness focused?  Email me your question for future podcast Q and A episodes!: Kate@balancedarch.com

Healthy Rating System:

Declare Label:Living-future.org/declare


US Product:  USG EcoSmart

US Product:  National Gypsum GoldBond

New Zealand Product: Winstone Wallboard

Drywall Joint Compound: Murco M100 Drywall Joint Compound


Mineral Wool Insulation:  Owens Corning ThermaFiber UltraBatt FF

MgO Board: ExtremeGreen


Sealant for toxic odors:  AFM SafeCoat Safeseal

Healthy Materials Links:

Healthy Home Design Podcast episode 007 // Why Choose Healthy Building Materials

Six Classes is a website dedicated to teaching consumers about the six harmful classes of toxins, as well as advocating for healthier products.