We face environmental pollution every day we step outside our door. Emissions from industries, carbon monoxide emissions from cars, trucks and buses, and many other toxins affect the air we breathe.
It’s hard enough to deal with all of that, much of which is outside the scope of our immediate control, without also having to be concerned with our indoor air quality. Household cleaning products, mold, mildew, animal dander, dust mites and outgassing (VOCs) from paint and glues used in carpeting, all invade the air inside our homes, the very place we look to for shelter and safety. Certain building materials, such as pressed board (commonly used in sub-flooring) and sheathing on wood construction, release contaminants like formaldehyde into our homes. Ventilation plays a role in how these pollutants affect us.
It’s clear that we need a breath of fresh air, and one solution lies in the materials we choose to build our homes. A home built with Fox Blocks has many advantages over a “stick built” (wood) house:
- Fox Blocks walls release little or no VOCs or airborne particulates.
- Fox Blocks create an air barrier which helps improve indoor air quality by limiting the amount of moisture that can enter your home through infiltration. That also provides better control for the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system.
- Fox Blocks limit moisture, so there’s less chance of problems with mold or mildew growth.
Fox Blocks are also great insulators, fire and wind resistant, and super-strong. Using materials such as Fox Blocks along with low-VOC paints, and plant-based cleaning agents will contribute to better indoor air quality and a healthier environment for everyone.