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Special Applicator Course in Vancouver, Canada

Special Applicator Course in Vancouver, Canada

Later this month we will be traveling north to teach a special 2-day class in Vancouver. Our friends at Greenworks Building and Supply will be hosting this class on the 26th and 27th of April, 2013. Students will get to work hands-on with our Venetian plasters as they learn proper application methods and techniques. This a really great deal that even includes in-store credit for materials to work on your own projects after the course. 

Anyone with an interest in working with decorative finishes, whether you are a contractor or do-it-yourselfer, will want to take advantage of this opportunity. We don’t always go to Vancouver, but when we do, you can bet we have some fun with plaster.

We are really looking forward to working with you Canadian plaster pros, so get signed up quickly while there is still room. Since pre-registration is necessary, you will want to visit this page to enroll and get all the details about the course.

 

http://www.greenworksbuildingsupply.com/workshops/applicatorcourses.html

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Why you should care about indoor air quality

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Wondering why we stress Venetian plaster’s green qualities (non-VOC, naturally mold-resistant)?

People are becoming more and more concerned about indoor air quality. Homes plagued with VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) or mold can negatively impact the health of the occupants. According to Green By Design, “an estimated 15% of the U.S. population — millions of people — are chronically ill from their homes, and indoor air quality is a major factor.”

The long and short term health benefits of using green building materials to achieve clean indoor air are numerous. It doesn’t make sense to let your home be the reason you are sick. Do something about it and utilize breathable, mold resistant plaster to enhance your quality of life. Natural lime materials dry out quickly and prevent VOCs from building up, which helps with all kinds of respiratory conditions. Authentic Venetian plaster is even self-healing, so it continues to stand the test of time while continuously providing your home with premium indoor air quality.

If you are using authentic Venetian plaster, or have thought about using it, you might want to check out some info on indoor air quality around the web:

  • Build It Green explains that “A common source of indoor air pollution is the offgassing of chemicals found in many building materials…”

There is no denying the benefits of using natural lime materials to improve indoor air quality. Have you noticed a difference between working with non-toxic Venetian plasters versus acrylic finishes? Tell us about it in the comments……

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Ecofriendly Shower Surrounds

// Nice article on shower surrounds featuring our Austin distributor, House and Earth.

Green and Clean: Ecofriendly Tub and Shower Surrounds

Houzz- Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel and More!…

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Lime vs Cement

OK maybe this is a little biased, but all and all I found it to be a pretty decent synopses of the differences between lime and cement especially regarding plaster and mortars:

LIME VS CEMENT

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Stucco Italiano Authentic Lime Venetian Plasters: Going even greener with Zero-VOC Colorants

We’re happy to report we will now be able to mix with only Zero-VOC colorants in all of our materials:

Press Release…

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