• Use "low-VOC" or "zero-VOC" paints, finishes, caulks and adhesives that do not emit harmful volatile organic compounds to reduce the concentration of toxic chemicals in the air. VOCs can also be emitted by building materials such as carpet, particleboard and insulation.
  • Use recycled-content paint to conserves resources.
  • Install shelving, cabinetry, countertops, doors, and trim made from reclaimed or salvaged material to reuse products that would otherwise go to a landfill. If using new materials, choose environmentally preferable options such as FSC-certified wood, products that are locally sourced and manufactured, and finish materials that are low in formaldehyde.