By Dr. Alice Delia — When most of us think about formaldehyde in products around us, engineered or pressed wood products come to mind. These are the big hitters because the resins used to hold the wood pieces together contain formaldehyde. There are three types of resins commonly used in these products – urea-formaldehyde, phenol-formaldehyde
by Henry Slack — When we run through the list of IAQ problems, most of us in the field probably think like this: Mold VOCs Asthma triggers CO/combustion gases When pressed, we might add secondhand smoke to this list, although that’s usually not why anyone calls an IAQ professional (Instead, they scream in frustration at
By Dr. Alice Delia — We’re surrounded by so many things it’s easy to lose track of the everyday hazards these items can pose. For example, I love the smell of freshly cut grass – it reminds me of my childhood home and makes me feel at ease (which bring up the topic of smells
Mold –Taking a Closer Look — You’ve likely heard a bunch about indoor mold over the past several years–from deadly toxic hysteria to total dismissal by purported experts. Both camps appear to have vested interests in promoting their positions, and commercial or residential consumers are often left to sort out the subsequent messes on their
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Water taps at three San Francisco schools have been turned off after samples were found to contain lead levels above federal safety standards, according to school district officials. The San Francisco Chronicle identified the three schools as West Portal and Malcolm X elementary schools and San Francisco International High School.
by Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) Treehugger.com – October 12, 2017 (Photo – Screen capture Neo in his cubicle in the Matrix. The air quality isn’t too good here, either) That’s where the air quality is so bad that it affects your ability to think properly or effectively. In his recent Wall Street Journal article Why Office
by Jack Springston– Healthy Indoors Magazine September 2017 Cover Story — It sometimes amazes me how people go about doing testing for indoor air quality surveys and then interpreting the data that they collect. Often, individuals will approach a problem with their own preconceived notions on what is causing the issue, and then go
by Joseph G. Allen — Harvard Business Review How often do you consider the air quality in your office and how it affects employees and their productivity? Chances are it’s not often. There is a tendency to assume that, as long as commonly used standards for air quality are met, it won’t be an issue.
by Jeffrey May—Healthy Indoors Magazine Unfortunately, in modern life, many (if not most) people in our country spend up to 90% of their lives indoors: in their homes, their work spaces, and even cars, trains and planes (these are still “indoor” spaces). Many people also exercise indoors – whether in health clubs or in basement
The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard by Sophie Knight for The Guardian They call it “pave, pipe, and