March 28th, 2018 | by Sponsored Content
Bamboo is an excellent green building material. It’s fast growing, sustainable, and really beautiful. Bamboo floors are a wonderful choice when renovating or building new. But even these sustainable floors contain a bit of formaldehyde. Learn what standards to look for when purchasing and how to ensure you are not exposed to the chemical.
March 11th, 2015 | by Dawn Killough
In a story that gained national attention last week, it was revealed that certain low-cost Chinese-made laminate flooring products sold [&hellip
September 12th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough
This post is part of the green materials report series. GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them [&hellip
April 4th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers
I have received a number of queries from homeowners and homebuilders who are concerned about formaldehyde that has been used in laminates like plywood, particle board, and MDF. It’s nice to recognize a company like Columbia Forest Products, which uses formaldehyde-free technology to manufacture PureBond hardwood plywood.
March 8th, 2011 | by Glenn Meyers
Now the list of man-made, or engineered materials is huge, including structural materials, decking, siding and trim. The use of such materials hopefully represents a way to save the felling of old growth forests to feed product demand in the building trades
December 16th, 2009 | by Linda Kincaid, MPH, CIH
Inadequate ventilation causes formaldehyde to concentrate inside homes. All homes in the study had unsafe levels of formaldehyde
March 29th, 2009 | by Linda Kincaid, MPH, CIH
We recently tested several new homes for formaldehyde in the air. The newest home, advertised as a "green" home, had 300 ppb of formaldehyde. Children in homes with only 30 ppb can have decreased lung function. Between 60 ppb and 120 ppb, children are more likely to have asthma and chronic bronchitis. At 100 ppb, most adults experience eye, nose, and throat irritation
March 11th, 2009 | by Linda Kincaid, MPH, CIH
Opening windows is the easiest way to reduce formaldehyde concentrations in homes. The best option is to use only building products that emit little or no formaldehyde. However, when conventional building materials are already in place and emitting formaldehyde, the problem will remedy itself with time. Materials that are several years old emit far less formaldehyde than new products
March 7th, 2009 | by Linda Kincaid, MPH, CIH
Many of us think about green living and reducing our carbon footprints. But do we get enough fresh air into our homes? Energy efficient homes don't get much ventilation, unless windows are opened regualrly. Airborne contaminants in homes can build up to many times the outdoor concentrations
February 26th, 2009 | by Linda Kincaid, MPH, CIH
Cleaning products and air fresheners can produce formaldehyde. UC Berkeley researchers found that chemicals in pine oils and citrus oils react with ozone in the air, producing formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a strong eye, nose, throat, and lung irritant. Formaldehyde is also an asthma trigger and a carcinogen, according to the
January 30th, 2009 | by Linda Kincaid, MPH, CIH
Sharon and her family felt ill. They were coughing and wheezing. Their eyes were watery and red. They had headaches and rashes on their skin.
Sharon contacted an industrial hygienist about their problems. Just a few questions led to the culprit. Formaldehyde can cause precisely the symptoms Sharon and her family experienced. Formaldehyde is also a carcinogen.
August 21st, 2008 | by Joel Bittle
The air is going to get a little bit cleaner come January, 2009 – and that has nothing to do [&hellip
February 14th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock
Today’s news included the story that testing on FEMA-supplied temporary housing trailers in Mississippi and Louisiana has found extremely high [&hellip