Blown-in-Cellulose Insulation

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 by
blown-in-cellulose insulation

Blown-in-Cellulose Insulation Test Results On a recent project, we recommended a homeowner try Blown-in-Cellulose insulation as a healthy alternative to other insulation choices. Blown-in-cellulose is known in the healthy materials world as a pretty safe insulation choice. But just to be sure the product was safe, we sent a wet sample to a lab for






Mold in the Home – What to do?

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 by
mold in the home

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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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






CO2 in the air

CO2 in the Air – Why is My Air Stale and Stuffy? Carbon Dioxide and Its Relation to Your Interior Air Quality. CO2 in the Air. Why is my air “Stale?” Many of my clients often complain of either specific symptoms, general malaise, or “just not feeling right” when in a building they spend a






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






HVAC and filtration best practices

HVAC and Filtration Best Practices for Healthy Home This blog expands on an earlier post about the 25 Principles of Building Biology and the Healthy Home Standard Checklist. Here we’ll dive deeper into the Indoor Air Quality Checklist, and focus on best practices for Heating, Cooling and Ventilating a healthy building. “HVAC and Filtration Best Practices for Healthy






Structural Best Practices for Healthy Home

This blog expands on an early post about the 25 Principles of Building Biology and the Healthy Home Standard Checklist. Here we’ll start diving into the Indoor Air Quality Checklist, and focus on structural best practices for healthy home. Like so many things… a solid foundation is so important… and following these best practices for






Carbon Monoxide Facts

Friday, 22 February 2013 by
Carbon Monoxide Facts - CO Kills

Carbon Monoxide Facts Too often we get calls and hear mistruths about carbon monoxide (CO). Here are some carbon monoxide facts and common myths broken down. Carbon Monoxide Myth I can smell carbon monoxide when the furnace is on. Fact CO is actually colorless, tasteless, AND odorless. Because it cannot be noticed without a detector






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Healthy Building Checklists

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 by
Healthy Building Checklists

This is the second in a series of blogs diving deeper into the Healthy Building Rating System’s Healthy Home Standard. There are four healthy building checklists within the Healthy Home Standard: Qualification Checklist, Indoor Air Quality Checklist, Electromagnetic Radiation Checklist, and Water Quality Checklist. This blog reviews the first and perhaps most important  of the






Mold Testing Petri Dish Impactor

Mold Testing Air Quality Lab Interpretation People with asthma and mold allergies are the first to ask about mold testing. Since their symptoms are primarily respiratory, it is only logical they ask for “air quality testing.” Other individuals looking for peace of mind or suffering much more severe symptoms sometimes also ask for mold testing air






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