building science terminology

Building Science Terminology This blog shares some recommended terminology from the US DOE. We are only looking at terminology and frequently used words and phrases in this blog, and not definitions of building science terms. I admit that Building Science Terminology is sophisticated and can be confusing, but I’m not sure that the DOE’s recent efforts

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

Materials Air Quality Testing

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 by
CARB Formaldehyde Chamber Materials Air Quality Test

Materials Air Quality Testing Since news broke that Lumber Liquidators may have distributed composite wood flooring in California that did not meet California Air Resource Board (CARB) formaldehyde emission standards, we’ve been getting lots of questions about materials air quality testing. Questions are coming from all angles. Some folks are interested in joining the class action

Low Prices often equal Low Quality - You get what you pay for?

Lumber Liquidators Formaldehyde Testing A recent investigative journalist story exposed Lumber Liquidators formaldehyde testing and revealed a rather unfortunate tale that may affect hundreds of thousands of homes across the US. During active Federal investigations for suspicion of using illegally harvested lumber from Russia, it turns out one of the largest flooring distributors in the US

EMF in Schools, CHPS Takes a Stand

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 by
CHPS Adopts EMF Credits

EMF in Schools – Collaboration for High Performance Schools For many years CHPS has been a leader in identifying sustainable and healthy building trends for school buildings. Long before LEED for Schools, there was the Collaboration for High Performance Schools Criterion and scorecard. This Rating System has been tested and proven effective, and just recently has taken

Even Your Kids Prefer Chesterfields

What is the Next Cigarette? When people learn of the similar legislative history of tobacco, lead, and asbestos… the astute audience often asks, “What is the next cigarette?” The road to law in the US is covered in pot holes and more curvy than Lombard Street. A quick look at the history of cigarette laws will

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

Visualize Electric Fields

EMF Electric Fields EMF design consulting for human-generated electrosmog should involve Radio Frequency (RF) radiation, dirty electricity (high-voltage transients), low-frequency magnetic fields, and low-frequency electric fields. These four elements can be wrapped under the umbrella term, “electromagnetic radiation,” or “EMR.” This blog focuses on basic practices to minimize low-frequency EMF electric fields during design and construction. This

Company Culture

Monday, 29 September 2014 by
company culture

Company Culture = We’ve all got one, right? Does every business have a company culture? Even a person without a personality has a personality, right?  As an entrepreneur I’ve never really thought about the “culture” of our company. Client satisfaction, service options, managing liability, marketing strategy, and profit margins are the de-facto language of business.

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Eichler Remodel

Thursday, 18 September 2014 by
Eichler MC-674 Street View

Eichler Remodel – Healthy & Efficient Home Why write about an Eichler remodel? Because my family is lucky enough to call this our first home, and remodeling has almost completely absorbed me for the past 3 months! This isn’t just a remodel, it’s a green Eichler remodel. What is an Eichler? Joseph Eichler was a