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GreenBuild Air Quality Testing

San Francisco Air Quality Results from GreenBuild Hopefully those who were breathing at GreenBuild are still curious to what was in the air! Below are the air quality results from GreenBuild San Francisco – 2012. San Francisco air quality varies greatly from building to building. Would this building have met LEED standards? This is admittedly a

Green Festival VOC Pie Chart

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Air Quality Testing San Francisco – Green Festival For the two days we wore passive vapor monitor badges at the Green Festival-SF. This blog about Air Quality Testing San Francisco – Green Festival provides a summary of the air quality sampling methods, lab analysis,  and lab results. Air Quality Sampling Methods Vapor monitors offer an

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Toxic Building Materials in Residential Construction A reporter from Angie’s List Magazine just asked for my opinion on toxic building materials in residential construction… and while writing my response I realized there was some valuable information to share. Hopefully Angie’s List Magazine will decide to run the piece. Here is my response to some great

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Safer Foam Insulation Flame Retardants Doing More Harm than Good? Safer foam insulation is on its way to becoming a reality in the US construction industry. Momentum for eliminating unnecessary flame retardants from buildings is growing exponentially. The fire safety benefit isn’t adding up to the known hazards associated with halogenated flame retardants. Leading the

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Tips for a Healthy Home – Keep It Dry Keep Water Out Excess moisture is at the center of many problems relating to durability and indoor air quality. If we build structures that won’t rot or support mold growth, we will both increase the longevity of those buildings and reduce the health risks of living

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Tips for Building Healthy Home – Part 1: Minimize VOCs Minimize Exposure to Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is one of the most common industrial chemicals and is widely used as a component of building products, upholstery, carpeting, etc. and classified as a human carcinogen. Formaldehyde’s other health impacts include respiratory problems; eye, nose, and throat irritation; allergic

GreenBuild Air Quality Sampling

Healthy Building News from GreenBuild 2012 More than 30,000 attendees from across the world swarmed into San Francisco for this year’s international GreenBuild conference. The conference is hosted every year by the US Green Building Council, and it’s by far the largest green building conference in the US. GreenBuild is, by default, mostly LEED-centric, but

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Healthy Building Science Green Festival – San Francisco The Healthy Building Science Green Festival  booth two weekends ago was a total hit! After the Green Festival we all took a big breathe and dove right into festivities and events for GreenBuild 2012… now we await the air quality results. It’s been an amazing 10 days. The

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PART 1: Residential Wiring Problems Caused by Older or Mis-Wired Systems As a former carpenter and electrician, I have seen and worked with a lot of building wiring, both residential and commercial.  As an inspector I have seen many residential wiring errors and problems caused by older or improperly designed or installed electrical systems. Let

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