Browsing the "indoor air quality" Tag

First LEED Certified Bowling Alley: Brooklyn Bowl

April 7th, 2011 | by Jennifer Shockley

Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY, it is the first LEED Certified bowling alley in the world. While you are Consider its staggering construction statistics of 16 lanes, 600-person venue, two bars and its offering of live rock-n-roll music performances seven nights a week, not to mention the LEED certification. This equation of parts gives you the reason Brooklyn Bowl truly is an original.

Loblolly House on Stilts Stands Up To Traditional Architecture Processes

March 18th, 2011 | by Jennifer Shockley

Kieran Timberlake Architects have been fighting for architecture to improve throughout the years. They have questioned why architecture is still done the same way that it has been done for years when professions such as ship building, automotives, and airplane engineering have bounded ahead with technological breakthroughs

Green Building 101: Selecting Building Materials from Nature

March 2nd, 2011 | by Dawn Killough

Selecting materials for your green building project can be daunting, to say the least. Every product says it is "green" or "environmentally friendly." In addition, there are different certifications and labels, each supposedly better than the others. One seemingly obvious alternative is to buy products taken directly from nature. Wood, linoleum, bamboo, wool carpets, cork, and wheatboard are a few that come to mind.

The Ark: Hotel Concept of the Future

January 27th, 2011 | by Jennifer Shockley

A futuristic hotel that can survive natural disasters and provide a healthy environment for its inhabitants is the idea behind Alexander Remizov’s “The Ark.”

Two Steps Towards A VOC Free, Green Nursery

November 22nd, 2010 | by Chris Keenan

My wife and I are expecting our first child in March. As new parents-to-be we are beyond excited. But we’re also nervous. We want to make sure we bring our child into a clean and safe environment, one free of toxins and pollutants. So we've set to work on making the baby's room an eco and pollutant free nursery. Whether you are expecting or just want to make your rooms a little more green, there are two big things you want to keep in mind

Is Your Garage Green?

September 17th, 2010 | by Chris Keenan

The garage is so much more than just a place to store our cars. With all this extra usage, it's more important than ever to make sure your garage is green and free of potentially harmful pollutants

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

New Home Makes Family Sick

February 27th, 2009 | by Linda Kincaid, MPH, CIH

The Wilson family moved into a new home last summer. Within days, they were feeling ill. Their eyes were burning, they had sore throats, and they were chronically tired

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.

Granite Counters: Uranium Ore In Disguise?

January 24th, 2009 | by Linda Kincaid, MPH, CIH

Cathy Woods' new granite counters were radioactive. They contained as much uranium as commercial uranium ore. The showroom that sold Cathy her Jupurana Bordeaux granite did not warn her that some granite is radioactive. When I contacted the salesman, posing as a customer, he assured me their granite "is no more radioactive than soil or water". However, Cathy's granite emitted gamma radiation at many times background. The radon gas emitted by the stone tripled the radon concentration in her kitchen.

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