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Get the Facts on Formaldehyde in Bamboo Flooring

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.


Formaldehyde-Free Laminate from Columbia Forest Products

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.


Engineered Materials Take Center Stage in Building Trade

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


Formaldehyde in New Home Is 10 Times the Safe Level

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


Easy Ways to Reduce Formaldehyde from Building Materials

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


Open Windows for A Healthier Home

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


Formaldehyde from Citrus Cleaning Products

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


Dream Kitchen or Health Hazard: Formaldehyde and Indoor Air Quality

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.


Formaldehyde and Indoor Air Quality

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



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