Healthy Building Material Research

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 by
Healthy Building Material Label

Healthy Building Material Research Let’s Prove that the Good Guys Don’t Finish Last! Building material manufacturers are trying to clean up their act. Leading companies are disclosing more chemical ingredients than the laggards, and if your healthy building material research relies solely on an MSDS you may be fooled into choosing a less healthy building material.






building enclosure commissioning 101

Building Enclosure Commissioning 101, the why? – Part 1 Building Enclosure Commissioning 101 is still relatively new and many teams don’t yet understand its value. I still remember attending a seminar at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco, 18 years ago, on HVAC Commissioning. This was a new and upcoming service at the time






Daylighting Tips

Friday, 10 July 2015 by
Daylighting Design

Daylighting Tips If you wish to optimize daylighting for your building design but don’t wish (or have the time) to do a variety of simulations for different purposes such as illumination levels in the space, shading analyses, sizing windows/ skylights etc., are there some basic tips you can follow that will help you take advantage






Environmental Building Inspection

Spring – The Perfect Season for an Environmental Building Inspection Since I have relocated back to the Bay Area, I have to say that I miss the full Four Seasons of Oregon. Maybe I don’t really miss the hard deep freeze of winters, nor the asphalt-bubbling heat waves of late July, but I do miss






LEEDv4 Changes

LEED v4 Changes We’ve been using LEED as a tool to assist owners and design-build teams for many years, and helped guide many projects to certification. Now everyone is chattering about LEED v4 changes and many are curious what to expect. We began a pilot LEEDv4 EBOM project for a local hotel, but in the end






magnetic field guidelines

Magnetic Field Guidelines for the New Home  EMF is a broad umbrella term encompassing many aspects of electromagnetic issues that can affect human health. Subcatagories of EMF issues include RF Radiation (also known as ElectroMagnetic Radiation [EMR]), Interior/Exterior Magnetic Fields, Interior/ Exterior Electric Fields, Transient Voltage Fluctuations (also known as Dirty Electricity or ElectroMagnetic Interference






It's raining it's pouring

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring,   Is Mold growing while I’m Snoring?   Finally! Drought stricken California is getting some significant rain, for the first time in over a year. This was written on December 7, 2014 (Pearl Harbor Day) and as of today Oakland, California has received 3.22 inches of rain so far THIS MONTH,






Classes of Toxic Substances

Thursday, 20 November 2014 by
classes of toxic substances

Classes of Toxic Substances There are many different ways to organize contaminants. We often rely on their physical form (e.g., liquid, vapor, solid, energetic, etc.), size (e.g., nano-particle, respirable, micro, etc.), or larger classifications (e.g., biological, mineral, etc.)  The Green Science Policy Institute coordinated a number of organizations (see below) to prioritize toxic chemicals and dumb it down to six






EMF Mitigation for High Magnetic Fields

Friday, 14 November 2014 by
EMF Magnetic Field Mitigation child's bedroom

High Magnetic Fields Exterior Net Current Mitigation: EMF Mitigation for Magnetic Fields Intermittent MF Issues: Exterior-sourced Net Current  EMF Mitigation for Magnetic Fields Problems in Detail: A child’s bedroom showed a line of higher than anticipated magnetic fields running up the guest bedroom wall from the main electrical panel situated in the garage below.  This






What is Asbestos?

Friday, 31 October 2014 by
Asbestos with muscovite

What is Asbestos? How Dangerous Is It and What Is It Doing In My House ? These are all questions we’ve asked ourselves at one point or another.  We’ve all wondered WHY would something potentially as carcinogenic  would have been used with near-abandon for so long? Why would this potential carcinogen be lurking our homes,






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