How to Clean Up Mold?

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 by
Mold Clean Up - When to Call in Professional Remediators

Most of this blog on how to clean up mold is from the “Help Yourself to a Healthy Home” guide from HUD. We generally suggest hiring an established remediation company with professionals certified by the IICRC… but many cannot afford to pay for that service or don’t feel it’s necessary. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for






Mold in the Home – What to do?

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 by
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Mold in the Home – What to do? What to do about mold in the home, how to avoid it, how to clean it up, is mold testing a good idea? etc. This blog focuses on residential mold tips. Many of these best practices are drawn from the following government-sponsored resources on healthy homes: Help






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Kids Going To High EMF School?

Do you want to send your kids to an EMF hot-spot with unknown health ramifications? Are some existing symptoms a result of EMF? Reducing exposure to Electromagnetic Fields or Radiation (EMF or EMR) is a contentious debate in public health and green building circles across the United States. OSHA does provide rather liberal exposure limits for






Sick Building

Thursday, 04 July 2013 by
What is a Sick Building?

What is a Sick Building? There is often confusion over the definition of a sick building. We hear questions like, “Is my building sick?,” and, “How do I know if my building is sick?” Therein lies much of the confusion. Buildings don’t get sick, people do! Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) Determining if occupants suffer from






B Corp Certification

B Corp Certification for Business In April HBS became a Certified B Corporation and joined an elite club of businesses throughout the world. B Corp business assessments and third-party B Corp Certification are administered through B Lab, a non-profit. There are myriad of third-party rating systems for sustainable businesses… but only two in our region seem






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Asthma and Buildings

Friday, 10 May 2013 by
Asthma and Buildings

Asthma and Buildings – California and US Trends in Asthma Buildings are too often neglected in the asthma equation. Asthma is sometimes defined as a symptom of poor indoor air quality, and other times defined as a Building Related Illness. This blog references the recently released report, “Asthma in California: A Surveillance Report,” compiled by






Green Point or LEED?

Thursday, 02 May 2013 by
Green Point or LEED

Green Point or LEED? For homeowners trying to make sense of the many green building rating systems out there, it can be confusing and frustrating–Green Point or LEED? This blog is an attempt to shed some light on the issue. Here in California we are fortunate to have the “GreenPoint Rated” (GPR) system published and overseen






Healthy Building San Francisco

Healthy San Francisco Earth Day! We had a lovely, healthy San Francisco (420) day – April 20th!  Our Healthy Building San Francisco Earth Day booth was in the center of Civic Center Plaza with a great view of happy, healthy people AND San Francisco City Hall! See a few Thermal Portraits below… Healthy San Francisco






Green Business Certification

Thursday, 18 April 2013 by
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Green Business Certification This blog covers a few green business certification programs making a real difference in the world. Products are Organic Certified, FSC-certified, Green-Seal Certified, Cradle-to-Cradle Certified, etc.  Then there is LEED Certification and GreenPoint Rating for buildings. But what about a sustainable business certification? I’ll discuss Bay Area and San Francisco green business programs.






Healthy Building Science Ribbon Cutting

Healthy Building Science New San Rafael Office! Early this year we expanded into a larger office in San Rafael, CA. The expansion comes on the heals of a wonderful 2012 and new staff acquisition for lead and asbestos surveys. In attendance at the new office celebration and ribbon cutting were San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips






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