HEALTHY HOME

Chicago Workshop™ is committed to providing healthy indoor air quality by avoiding materials containing toxins and VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) such as formaldehyde, reducing dust particle dissemination and actively cleaning the air in your home through the use of innovative drywall products and other technology.

 

FORMALDEHYDE-FREE CABINETRY

We carry Crestwood cabinets, made from sustainable wood products, using PureBond® formaldehyde-free technology. PureBond® technology was developed by Columbia Forest Products in concert with scientists at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. This effort represents a major breakthrough in formaldehyde-free building products, which have now been produced since 2005. Columbia received the EPA’s Green Presidential Chemistry Award for the PureBond® technology breakthrough and was named a “Sustainable Standard-Setter” by the Rainforest Alliance.

(Urea Formaldehyde (UF), which is commonly used in the manufacture of cabinets, has been classified by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer as carcinogenic to humans).

 

HEALTHY RADIANT HEAT

As with the sun, far-infrared light heats surfaces. This is the ultimate radiant heat, installed in your floor. It can also be installed in walls.  This technology uses safe and healthy “invisible light”, which is also referred to as “therapeutic infrared” or “far”. One key benefit of far-infrared heating, other no maintenance and high efficiency, is that it replaces forced air heating, thus eliminating the blowing about of dust and other particles, as well as the burning of gas in the furnace. Chicago Workshop uses Warm Waves™, which is a UL Certified, state-of-the-art technology that creates safe, efficient and comfortable heat in your home.

NO MOLD OR TOXINS IN WALL PANELS

Composite steel structural insulated panels include closed cell expanded polystyrene insulation EPS (rigid foam insulation). Neither steel nor EPS allow for mold and other fungi. As these Insulated Panels replace lumber, plywood and OSB boards, they eliminate mold growth and toxins associated with lumber. Third-party testing conducted by SGS U.S. Testing Company, Inc. demonstrates that under laboratory controlled conditions favorable for the growth of mold, EPS showed no traces of growth over a 28-day incubation period. SGS U.S. Testing Company, Inc., Report No. 110170 (JULY 2004) Common Indoor Mold Strains Extended Polystyrene Specimens Tested in Accordance With ASTM C1338-00 showed zero traces of mold.

PRECAST CONCRETE MEANS BETTER AIR

Chicago Workshop installs precast concrete foundations which help maintain superior air quality indoor. First, the precast concrete foundation is some 30% more dense than a standard poured foundation (5,000 psi), so it has a lower water-to-cement ratio. This makes it less permeable. Secondly, the precast concrete foundation panels come preassembled with attached insulation and galvanized metal studs for hanging drywall. This eliminates the need for lumber, and thus eliminates mold and toxins. Lastly, on-site soil contamination is eliminated because the pre-cast walls are built in an indoor facility, rather than being poured on site.

DRYWALL THAT CLEANS AIR 

AIRRENEW® drywall products by CertainTeed™ are gypsum boards that feature formaldehyde-absorbing technology, which actively removes formaldehyde from the air, converting it into a safe, inert compound. This significantly improves air quality in a home. There are also mold-resistant drywall options from this manufacturer.

WHOLE-HOUSE AIR FILTRATION

“Ultrafine” particles are smaller than 0.1 microns in diameter, yet represent more than 90% of the particles in the air. The primary source of ultrafine particle is combustion from motor vehicles, refineries, industry, and even cooking.  These particles can cause respiratory problems, cancer, heart attacks and stroke. Chicago Workshop™ Architects specify the IQAIR® Perfect 16® whole-house filtration system which can be fitted to most forced air HVAC systems. This system cleans 100% of the air in your home, with the least amount of pressure loss and offers proven performance, capturing even the smallest contaminants. It is especially effective for those who suffer from asthma or allergies and is recommended by the American Lung Association®.

DUCT SEALING SOLUTION

All air ducts are prone to air leaks, old or new. This causes unfiltered air to be pulled in, affecting indoor air quality, accumulating dust in your ducts, and contributing to allergies and asthma. Duct cleaning is a temporary and an incomplete solution. (Also, leaks waste energy and cause more wear and tear on your HVAC system. On the average, 30% of your forced air heating or cooling costs are spent on duct leaks). Chicago Workshop™ uses Aeroseal® Duct Sealing, a breakthrough technology which is 95% effective at sealing air duct leaks. Aeroseal® technicians cover the ducts and use their software to measure leaks. They inject sealant into the ducts, which adhere to the leak areas through the escaping air particles, sealing the ducts. This technology was developed at U.C. Berkley with funding from the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, which declared Aeroseal® one of the most beneficial energy technologies for consumers.

GERM-FIGHITING COPPER HARDWARE. 

Chicago Workshop™ installs copper door handles and cabinetry pulls, because copper has antimicrobial properties, helping keep your family healthy. It is becoming the surface of choice for the medical community. For example, a study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense tracked infections in intensive care units at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC. Results showed that hospital rooms fitted with copper surfaces had a 97% reduction in surface pathogens compared to non-coppered rooms. In addition, patients in ICU rooms with copper surfaces had a 40% lower risk of contracting a Hospital-Acquired Infection (HAI) than patients in rooms without copper.

AIR IONIZATION

Chicago Workshop™ installs Plasma Air® ionization equipment, which is typically mounted in the main supply ductwork. Ions are formed as air passes over the ionization tubes, attacking pollutants. Airborne particles are charged by the ions through ionic bonding. The charged particles stick together, increasing their size, which allows them to be easily removed by filters. Additionally, ionization causes bacteria and mold spores are oxidized and destroyed. Also, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and eliminated as gases, which may be produced by cleaning agents, furniture, equipment, carpeting, glues, solvents, or pesticides. As a result, our lungs absorb oxygen more efficiently from clean ionized air, enhancing health, well-being, alertness, concentration and energy levels.