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  • Designing and building healthy places for children

    The design and construction of the built environment have broad implications for the health of children. Healthy places should protect children from injury, pollutants and disease, provide children with a place to be physically active, play and experience nature, and promote a sustainable future. Health promotion can occur at all scales of the built environment, including buildings, communities ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 5 Tips for Building Your Company EHS Culture in a Low-Risk Environment

    Environment, health and safety (EHS) programs can do more for your company than simply checking off compliance boxes. EHS can also be an integral part of your company’s culture, demonstrating to employees that their happiness, health and safety is a priority—leading to more productivity and a more proactive approach to minimizing risk. Even in low risk environments, like offices or ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • 100 Simple Ways To Save Water

    To improve water conservation install a rain sensor, it turns off your irrigation when it rains. Use a weather-based controller. The use of smart controllers can reduce water usage 24% a year on average. Learn about available rebate programs ...


    By Jain Irrigation, Inc

  • An ambient indoor air environment is vital to ensure a safe and healthy workplace

    Indoor air quality (IAQ) relates to a number of environmental factors inside a building that can impinge on the health, comfort, or work performance of the building’s occupants. Monitoring IAQ is vital because it is estimated that the average person spends 90% of their time breathing “indoor air”. Poor IAQ is a contributing factor to both short and long-term health issues, these ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Sick-building syndrome and building-related illness

    Significant health problems linked to very poor indoor air qualityIndoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide, radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor are more prevalent than anyone could have predicted. ...

  • What makes a building green?

    The terms "sustainable architecture", "green building" and "ecological design" have emerged, along with a host of similar permutations, in recent practice as environmentally friendly modes of design, construction and operation geared towards producing healthy enduring communities. However, the terms are still vague and lead to much ambiguity in their implementation. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Building the new environmentalism

    We must build a new economy. And to do that, we must build a new politics. Forty-four years after the first Earth Day, we must ask a basic question: What is an environmental issue? Air and water pollution, yes. But what if the right answer is that an environmental issue is anything that determines environmental outcomes? Then the definition becomes something much broader, rooted in ...


    By Ensia

  • Mold, Mold Growth and Buildings

    Concern about mold exposures in buildings continues to be a significant issue. The bottom line is that mold has been around for eons and is not going away.  It will grow whenever and wherever buildings get wet and materials suitable for mold growth are present.  The following paragraphs are meant to shed light on mold issues related to microbiology, health and safety, moisture control, ...

  • Green Technology for Healthy Air and Energy Conservation: New Technology for Continuous, Indoor Air Quality Monitoring

    Continuous monitoring for indoor, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) has been carried out by VOC Technologies (VOCTEC) during and after construction of Epler Hall, a newly-built green building on the PSU campus. Epler is a 6-story building devoted largely to student apartment residences, with classroom and office space on the first floor. Epler has no central heating/ventilation system. Epler’s ...


    By VOC Technologies

  • Building green when times are lean

    In an article entitled “Actions Speak Louder than Greenwash” last December we looked at how some unscrupulous property developers in Thailand preferred to market “greenwash” rather than embrace the concept of sustainable building design and construction. Indeed, it seemed as if the property developers were suddenly falling over themselves in their rush to surf the green wave, with project ...

  • Best soil management practices for Washington building sites

    The Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC), which started the Soils for Salmon project in 1999, launched a new website, and a “Building Soil” outreach campaign to change standard building practices. The mission is to help builders and developers preserve and restore native soil on building sites, using compost. These soil “best management practices” (BMPs) will soon be required by local ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Building with Nature Indonesia - reaching scale for coastal resilience

    Through “Building with Nature” we envision a safe delta coastline in Northern Java which enables vulnerable communities and economic sectors to prosper, be more self-reliant and resilient against hazards. Java’s coastline suff ers from severe erosion. Millions of people at risk of flooding. Northern Java’s deltaic shorelines suff er from land subsidence and ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Compost integral in new website in building soil

    A website called “BuildingSoil” has been launched by the Washington Organic Recycling Council to help builders preserve healthy soil on building sites. It's the latest Soils for Salmon project which aims to change standard site development practices. These new “soil best management practices” will soon be required by local governments around western Washington, as they update local codes to ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Why Workplace Fairness is Critical to Building Safety Culture

    Many workplace leaders underline the importance of having a “safety culture”, but beyond the statements, policies and procedures, what are the key elements that make a workplace culture truly safe? A prerequisite to creating a safety culture is to establish a culture of fairness characterized by respect and dignity for each workplace participant. This is because a culture of safety ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Building soils for storm water compliance and successful landscapes

    THE SOILS for Salmon project - initiated in 1999 by the Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC) - has been building momentum through collaboration with the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), regulators at the state Department of Ecology, local governments, scientists, and green leaders in the building, landscape and development industries. Over the years, the Soils for Salmon ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Application of computational fluid dynamics in building design: aspects and trends

    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), as the most sophisticated airflow modelling method, can simultaneously predict airflow, heat transfer and contaminant transportation in and around buildings. This paper introduces the roles of CFD in building design, demonstrating its typical application in designing a thermallyconformable, healthy and energy-efficient building.  The paper discusses the primary ...


    By SAGE Publications

  • Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Market Growth Research 2013-2019

    Building Integrated Solar photovoltaic (BIPV) systems utilize building integrated solar panels to generate electricity, by transforming solar radiations into electrical energy. The energy generated has wide applications in several sectors including residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The major advantage of the BIPV is decentralization from grid power. View Full ...


  • Noise in the Animal Shelter Environment: Building Design and the Effects of Daily Noise Exposure

    Sound levels in animal shelters regularly exceed 100 dB. Noise is a physical stressor on animals that can lead to behavioral, physiological and anatomical responses. There are currently no policies regulating noise levels in dog kennels. The objective of this study was to evaluate the noise levels dogs are exposed to in an animal shelter on a continuous basis and to determine the need, if any. ...


    By Troy Acoustics Corporation

  • Bye Bye Birdie - Protecting your Building and Employees from Pest Birds

    It seems that not a day goes by without a news story about avian flu and the possible pandemic it may cause. Concerns about the potential threat are on the forefront of Americas mind, and it has taught us to be more conscious about the way disease is transmitted. “Indeed Avian Flu is a recent concern” says Bruce Donoho owner of Bird-B-Gone, Inc, “however I believe that there is a wide range of ...


    By Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

  • Office building renovation Ashrae headquarters Atlanta, Georgia - Case Study

    Key Parameters Type of Facility - Existing (EB) Function - Office Building Area - 33,570sf 2-story offices Project Completed - 2008 LEED Platinum Challenge: Sustainable design demonstrating the very latest state-of-the-art heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technology. The first ...

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