Indoor Environment
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Essex County Greenbelt

Windows that open in 100% of occupied spaces provide fresh air, natural light and views.

Low Volatile Organic Compound paints and stains were used on interior walls, floors and trim.

New office rugs made of natural fiber were installed throughout the building.

State of the art insulation, called icynene, emits no unhealthy vapors and reduces noise, and has the highest R-factor rating of any insulation available.

Four heat zones allow for increased energy efficiency.

New England Biolabs

Low VOC paints, carpets and adhesives are used inside the facility.


Gloucester Residence

High-performance Panasonic bath fan with a 24-hour programmable controller for assured whole house ventilation.

Low VOC paints are used throughout the house.

EBSCO Publishing

Recycling all cardboard, mixed paper (magazines, newspapers, etc.), plastic bottles, and cans.

Individual recycling bins provided to all employees to encourage recycling of all possible paper materials.

Numerous skylights were installed to significantly increase amount of natural light.

Cider Hill Farm
Unlike larger industrialized farms, we still believe in the close-up hands-on approach.

Downriver Ice Cream
We used non-toxic paints on the walls as well as the concrete floor.


Indoor Environment Resources

Envirosense Consortium, Inc.
Addresses indoor air quality and sustainable design.

Carpet and Rug Institute
U.S. trade organization provides information on the environmental impacts of carpet -- and industry efforts to reduce those impacts.

EPA Indoor Air Quality Program
Provides information on indoor air pollutants.

Greener Buildings Web Site
(search Choose Green Reports for a variety of reviews of many green products available for green building)



Indoor Environmental Quality concerns include indoor air quality, ventilation effectiveness, moisture management, and control of contaminants. Other IEQ issues to consider include daylighting and lighting quality, thermal comfort, acoustics, occupant control of building systems, and access to views.

Indoor Environmental Quality strategies increase the resale value of your building, and dramatically improve the quality of living and/or working in your building.

The following describes some of the methods used by participants to improve the indoor environmental quality of their home and/or workspaces.