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






Indoor Air Pollution Near Busy Roads

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 by
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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,






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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Mold in Buildings

Top 10 tips to look for Water Damage and Mold in Buildings Every year the rains return, soil dampens, leaks pop up, and especially mold in buildings is much more prevalent than during the dry times. This winter’s forecast “El Niño” may bring more rain and possible flooding than California has seen in a decade. Many of our buildings are






IAQ and Brain performance

Indoor Air Quality and Brain Performance The Harvard School of Public Health recently released results of a small study that supports what green building enthusiasts have known for years – Indoor Air Quality and Brain Performance are directly connected. While small (24 real people), the double-blind study appears to have been well-crafted and executed under exacting controls. With much ado,






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Mold, Moisture and El Nino

Mold, Moisture and El Nino  Now that the days are shorter and a few rain storms have come through the region, we can’t help but feel that winter is officially here. With all this talk about the Godzilla El Nino some people are left wondering where is it? Mold, moisture and El Nino go together. Is






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Indoor Environmental Quality and Health

Indoor Environmental Quality, (IEQ) Work Performance, and Health A peer reviewed paper on quantitative relations between indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and work performance or health from the Helsinki University of Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory presents relationships between ventilation rates, temperature, and perceived air quality to short term sick leave, work performance, and






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5 Ways Property Managers Limit Risk From Environmental Claims A Property Manager is often stuck between a knife (tenants), a gun (owners), a judge and jury, and a hard place. Environmental claims are common pitfalls that cause even the best Property Managers to stumble into a dark alley, or wind up on the wrong side of the bench in






Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 by
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How effective is your Bathroom Exhaust Fan? For obvious reasons, bathrooms can be major sources of moisture in homes. And where there is moisture, there is the possibility of growing mold in the bathroom. A bathroom exhaust fan can be essential in removing excess moisture and keeping bathrooms ventilated, but how do we know if our






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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






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