People spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, but air contaminant levels inside the average new home are 2 to 5 times worse than the pollution levels outside. Everyday materials such as cleaning products, perfumes, hair sprays, and treated fabrics can contribute to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) but a major contributor to poor IAQ is new construction and remodeling building materials. Paints, lacquers, paint strippers, solvents, glues, carpets, unsealed plywood or particle board, foam insulation, and a variety of other building materials release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. These VOCs are then ingested by the people and animals in the home. Some of the most common chemicals off-gassed from household items include formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, and toluene and while some materials have an off-gassing scent, many are odorless. This off-gassing creates an unhealthy IAQ and may cause allergic reactions, congestion, coughing, headaches, skin irritation, asthma attacks, concentration problems, and fatigue, as well as other more serious health problems. Since new construction homes and remodels “off-gas” toxins and carcinogens the most in the first 5 years, consider investing in VOC-absorbing drywall. This new, breakthrough technology actively clears indoor air by capturing VOCs in the board, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converting them into safe, inert compounds. This amazing drywall absorbs VOCs for 75 years even when finished and painted with most paints up to 25 coats! It also provides enhanced moisture and mold resistance. Obviously this drywall costs a little bit more than your standard drywall, but it’s a small price to pay for improved indoor air quality, a healthier home, and long-term peace of mind. At Green Remodeling, we are dedicated to helping you build a healthier home and we believe that comfortable living starts with better indoor air quality. That’s why we offer the option of VOC-absorbing drywall to all of our clients. Check out our online gallery or visit one of our showrooms to see the wide variety of additional services and products we have available to you. As a “one-stop-shop” contractor we can save you time, energy, and money by designing and building every aspect of your project. We will discuss your project in detail with you and prepare drawings so you can visualize and confirm what your end product will look like. We take great pride in our work and 100% customer satisfaction is our number one goal. Visit us today to see why Green Remodeling is smart remodeling!