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 Renovating safely to protect your health and home environment

ImageAustralians move or renovate on average every seven years and over 50% of home owners will look to renovate at some stage. While renovations offer a great sense of renewal there are hidden costs to our health and the environment.

High levels of chemicals are introduced from materials and products during building and renovating. The resulting indoor chemical pollution is often invisible and so it is difficult for people to make the connection between pollution in their environment and effects on their health. Babies and children are at high risk because they are more susceptible to the health impacts of chemical exposures.

Check out our top five safer renovation tips to help you reduce your exposure to hazardous chemicals during renovations:

Safer Renovations Guide PDF Print E-mail


Australians are great renovators - in fact, over 50% of homeowners will renovate their homes at some stage. As we make our homes more comfortable we are spending more and more time indoors.

The air inside our home is often more polluted than the air outdoors and during building and renovating high levels of chemicals can be introduced from building materials, new furnishings, floor coverings and paints. Keeping your family safe and healthy during home renovations is an important concern. The Total Environment Centre has developed the Safer Solutions for Safer Renovations guide to help you make better decisions when renovating.

Download the guide here [PDF 892k] for the latest information on:
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  • Improving the quality of the air inside your home
  • Selecting safer products
  • Getting the most out of natural materials
  • Creating a natural nursery
  • Greenovating your kitchen and bathroom
  • Where to find safe and healthy products and good  greenovation advice
Download the guide