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The Health Impacts of Indoor Relative Humidity

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The Health Impacts of Indoor Relative Humidity

Originally published on October 1, 2018 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog.   In many parts of the U.S., homeowners with basements have to manage rising humidity levels for most of the cooling season. It is not uncommon for such individuals to have a dehumidifer running full-throttle in the basement from April through October. High indoor humidity levels has been associated with the growth of fungi, such as mold, among other irritants. The EPA suggests keeping indoor relative….

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Navigating the “Red Lists”

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Navigating the “Red Lists”

It has been 50 years since Rachel Carson published Silent Spring. I recently took the time to read Carson’s seminal work (available through iTunes here), which outlines the environmental and human health costs of using pesticides, insecticides, and other chemical applications, and was struck by the relevance of the message. The green building movement is approaching a crossroads with the building product industry. A vast range of materials ranging from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) based products, to mercury thermometers, lead solders and roofing materials, and certain….

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Using Plants to Naturally Improve Indoor Environmental Quality

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Using Plants to Naturally Improve Indoor Environmental Quality

Indoor environmental quality is typically the beginning and end of any holistic discussion about “green” building interiors. Human health is paramount and, generally speaking, both designers and clients understand that many building materials off-gas toxic compounds. Indeed, that “new building” smell we’ve all become conditioned to associate with a fresh, new facility is actually your body’s sensory response to the intake of toxic microscopic particulates. Common toxins found in building interiors include: Trichloroethylene – typically found in varnishes, paints, and….

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