LEED for New Construction - By Building Type

LEEDv4 IAQ Testing Requirements Industrial hygienists across the US have been watching the USGBC as they’ve updated the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing Credit for Post-Construction. LEEDv4 IAQ Testing requirements have changed since LEEDv2009. Many health and healthy building advocates hoped they would lower the allowable levels of formaldehyde, but due to industry uproar that did

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Design as Therapy In the world of building we have control over what comes into contact with our senses. What we see, hear, smell & feel can all be addressed during the design of the building. For the most part these sensory cues are perceived subconsciously and exist in the background. But there are some

Indoor Air Pollution Near Busy Roads

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 by

Indoor Air Pollution Near Busy Roads Freeways and other busy roads are sources of elevated auto emissions and Indoor Air Pollution. These emissions can be harmful to human health for both people on the roads and people working, walking, and living nearby. Nearly 20% of the United States population lives near a high volume road,

BECx provides Energy Efficient Building and Savings For Facility Managers Building Enclosure (or Envelope) Commissioning (BECx for short) originated in Canada in the 80’s and came to the US in the 90’s. The General Services Administration and the US Army were amongst the early adopters. They started commissioning enclosures on their building projects in 2006. Since

So What Exactly Does An Enclosure Commissioning Agent (BECxA) Do? Understandably, there is a lot of confusion in the design and construction industry about the role of building enclosure commissioning agents (BECxA). Owners and architects do not know what a BECxA does during design and construction and how (or if) this discipline adds value to

Effects of Airtight Construction on Lab Pressurization Most labs and clean rooms require airtight construction to create differential pressure with respect to adjoining spaces. Labs are usually maintained at slight negative pressure to keep the chemicals used in the labs from migrating to adjacent spaces. Clean rooms on the other hand have to be kept at a

Air Filters for Allergies

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 by
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Which Portable Air Filters for Allergies are Right for Me? Are you suffering from allergies?  Did you recently remodel your home and are bothered by noxious odors? Wondering which Air Filters for Allergies are right for your home or office? Or maybe you want to take preventative action against any possible indoor airborne pollutants in the

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Lighting and Circadian Rhythm

IEQ  – Lighting and Circadian Rhythm Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is affected by many different factors. How light affects our health is in its nascent stages of being explored. Nevertheless, there exists enough evidence to know that artificial lighting can be a boon to one’s daily activities or can be detrimental to one’s health. Lighting and circadian

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San Francisco Green Building – Exploratorium Case Study Being an environmental inspector at Healthy Building Science it’s not surprising that I have an interest in buildings, science and the environment. So as I watched the sunrise from the rooftop of the Exploratorium for the first time during one of my moonlighting shifts as an Exploratorium special

Water Conservation

Friday, 15 April 2016 by
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Water Conservation Practices and Options California is Still in a drought, or haven’t you heard? Conservation is still needed. Read on for water conservation tips. El Nino has come and gone, even though he gave us a good dose of exactly what our state needed, we will continue to need water conservation measures to preserve

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