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Over the years, sustainability talks and practices have become more important because of the rapid change in climate, and other environmental factors increasingly becoming evident in today’s time. As a response to the sign of the times, companies are shifting to greener practices. As a consumer, you can help too. In building a home, you can buy more sustainable products to help in preserving the environment. One of the sustainable practices in the construction industry is the utilization of wood.  Here are some reasons why wood helps in building a sustainable home:

Aesthetic

Wood has an aesthetic appeal unlike any other. The combination of color, grain and texture makes you love its natural characteristics. Wood has a distinct elegance that calms the mood and creates an inviting ambiance to your house. 

Durability

Did you know that relative to its weight, wood is the strongest building material on the planet? Under favorable conditions and if stored properly, wood can last 2000 years. Building materials made of natural wood is characterized with high durability.

Zero Waste

All by-products of wood can be reused and repurposed, making the use of it zero waste. Wood is processed to use as lumber, and even sawdust can be burned for wood bioenergy. Burning wood to eliminate waste also generates green energy to some companies creating a more sustainable way of operating. 

Renewable

Wood is a renewable source. Unlike metal or concrete, it has the ability to replenish itself. People shy away from using wood as a construction material because of the notion of trees being cut down carelessly. Fortunately, over the years, sustainability became a priority and policies were geared toward better logging practices. Selective harvesting, in contrast with clear cutting, chooses trees to be cut down, so that new trees can be planted and forest growth can be maintained. Forests also regain their carbon dioxide capacity when new trees are planted.                                                  

Efficiency

Throughout the wood’s lifecycle, it uses less energy. Compared to steel manufacturing and wastewater production, it costs less to produce both in terms of energy and money. In a home, having a timber frame causes households to consume less energy because of wood’s natural thermal properties.

Ofcourse, for wood to be truly sustainable, you have to choose a company that values sustainability. Andersen Corporation is one of the first companies to sign Ceres Climate Declaration. Ceres is a nonprofit organization that advocates for sustainability by partnering with corporations to solve the world’s biggest sustainability problems. Furthermore, their strict forest resource policy follows a procurement rule that disallows sourcing wood from illegal logging. It’s evident in the products they sell too. Andersen’s 400 Series Windows and Doors safeguards the wood inside with its Perma-Shield® system gives the exterior a tough protective shell for the wood inside, as it repels water, resists dents, and stays beautiful for years. 

Sources

https://dcifurn.com/5-reasons-why-wood-is-the-greenest-furniture-choice/

https://www.wagnermeters.com/moisture-meters/wood-info/advantages-wood-building/

https://www.ceres.org/about-us

https://www.andersenwindows.com/about/sustainability/

Staying at home for the first few days may seem like a vacation. You get a lot of sleep, and you get to catch up on your favorite shows. A few days kick in and you feel stuck in your eating, sleeping and watching routine. Instead of losing your hours to social media and Netflix, here are other things you can do to keep your home staycation interesting: 

  • Clean

Cleaning helps you easily pass the time with an added bonus of  killing germs and reducing the spread of diseases in your home. It could be reorganizing your closet space or simply mopping the floor. Cleaning may seem a bit tedious, but not when you use the right tools. Bona’s Spray Mop kit comes with a Bona Microfiber Pad and a Bona Floor Cleaner cartridge. The sturdy handle and grip along with a trigger that releases a fine mist makes it quick and easy to clean your floors.

  • Upgrade your cooking and baking skills

Making freshly cooked meals will help you break your routine and enjoy your stay at home. Cooking is a life skill that can drastically improve your quality of life. It helps you have control over your nutrition and save money. If you haven’t cooked anything in your entire life except for instant noodles, now may be a good time to start. You can start by cooking simple recipes and work your way up to more challenging dishes. Of course, cooking for the first time can be a little messy with  food bits scattered on the floor. Here’s a tip for kitchen interior: get hardwood floors. Dust and other allergens don’t get absorbed or stuck in hardwood floors making it more sanitary and easy to maintain.

  • Play board games with your family

As they say, family time is the best time. Playing board games together with your family can be beneficial especially to your children. It can teach them about teamwork, patience, and being a good sport. This can also serve as a brain exercise to strengthen your mental health. Playing board games is best done on the floor because you have a lot of space to work with when that Uno or Monopoly game gets a little intense.

  • Redecorate

A new look is always exciting. It doesn’t have to be a major overhaul. It may be a simple restyling of your coffee table or changing your pillows. Adding colors and plants to your space can also help boost your mood. No matter how big or small the change may be, Bona-coated hardwood floors go with any interior look. It’s unique and unsurpassed beauty never fails to show the warmth of natural wood. 

 

Sources:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/a26872864/what-to-do-when-bored/

https://us.bona.com/products/Bona–Premium-Spray-Mop-for-Hardwood-Floors.html

https://www.scholastic.com/parents/kids-activities-and-printables/activities-for-kids/arts-and-craft-ideas/benefits-board-games.html

Working from your home may sound convenient, but getting the right balance between comfort and productivity can be a bit tricky. It’s more than sitting on a desk or your couch with a laptop and starting to work. Here are some things you need to consider before turning a home space into an office space.

  • Ergonomic Workstation

Desk and chairs should be centered toward your comfort. To start being productive, you need to have a desk and a chair specifically designed to aid you in your work. After all, you may be sitting at it for hours to get work done. Lumbar support, wheels, and adjustability are just elements to consider chair-wise. 

  • Natural Light 

Having good light in your home office is not only for you to see what you’re working on but also to create a change in the ambiance of your home office. Installing your office with a lot of windows may help in creating a productive atmosphere. Artificial lighting may be sufficient, but nothing beats the warmth natural light can give. Andersen Windows can bask your home office without letting the harmful UV rays in. Andersen Windows offer Low E4 and Smart Sun coatings that effectively block UV rays up to 83 and 95 % respectively. 

  • Organized Files

It’s difficult to work through a pile of an unorganized mess. Having a systematic space saves you time rather than fishing through piles of papers and files. File organizers are a great investment to prevent your workspace into becoming an uncluttered and unproductive space.

  • Right Temperature

Temperature in working spaces is often overlooked because of its triviality. However,  whether you have a freezing or hot environment may impede your productivity because it can lead to exhaustion and distraction. Andersen Windows utilize energy efficient glass that reflects heat and limits transfer of cold air, so that you won’t have to keep your air conditioner running all day leaving your home office temperature just right.

  • Quiet environment

A working space should have little distractions as possible to help you focus solely on work. Drowning out unnecessary sounds can lessen distractions. It can also help you psychologically feel like you’re at work and less at home. Having Andersen windows helps you block out unnecessary sounds by its impact resistant glass that interferes with sound waves leading to a quieter home office to keep the train of thought going. 

  • Snacks and Coffee corner

Caffeine and a good biscuit just might be the right push you need to keep things going when you feel a little drained out. Make sure to have a little space dedicated to snacks to fuel you when you’re hungry.

Sources

https://smallbiztrends.com/2015/10/home-office-must-haves.html

https://www.rbaeasternny.com/renewal-by-andersen/noise-reduction/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/larryalton/2017/04/17/10-essentials-for-the-perfect-home-office/#fe7d11e6845c

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Light is one of the compounding factors that lead to food spoilage. Specifically, light leads to loss of food quality by degrading the color and flavor.

Light exposure also often means heat exposure, which causes food to become an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and other microorganisms. The presence of bacteria accelerates food spoilage because the organisms feed on the food, causing decay.

Foods are exposed to several sources of light in their production and display. A common light source is sunlight outdoors through windows. The exposure of foods to light can result in its deterioration (also known as photodegradation).

Photodegradation usually occurs in specific food constituents, such as pigments, fats, proteins, and vitamins, resulting in discoloration, off-flavors, and vitamin loss. Exposure to sunlight accelerates the degradation of vegetable oils, butter, lard, and similar products.

Light appears to accelerate the autoxidation of fats and oils, resulting in flavor and odor changes. The off-flavors that develop in milk when exposed to light are called sunlight flavors that result from the breakdown of amino acids and proteins. When beer is exposed to light, it develops an undesirable flavor (and odor) called sunstruck flavor. This is why most beer is bottled in dark containers. Snack foods (like potato chips), prepared by deep fat frying in oil are susceptible to photodegradation and develop off-odors and off-flavors on exposure to light.

These are just a few scenarios on what happens to your food when exposed to light and heat. That’s why for your kitchen, when you choose a quality window, you get more than view. The performance that’s built into every Andrersen window delivers better energy efficiency resulting in more comfortable home and reduced heat. Additional benefits include filtering of harmful UV light to help protect everything inside your home.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.reference.com/food/light-affect-rate-foods-spoil-531b0d166f699616

http://www.foodsafetysite.com/educators/competencies/general/microbiology/mic6.html