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  • SOIL Wins 2018 Lush Spring Prize Award for Social and Environmental Regeneration

    SOIL has won the 2018 Lush Spring Prize for Social and Environmental Regeneration! This award recognizes organizations that are working to revive damaged social and natural environments and that demonstrate a commitment to sharing what they are doing to inspire and inform others. SOIL was selected for the Lush Spring Prize in the Established Projects category – a category that honors ...


    By SOIL Haiti

  • New DoD Fact Sheets on Vapor Intrusion

    A series of fact sheets has been prepared by the Department of Defense (DoD) Tri-Service Environmental Risk Assessment Workgroup (TSERAWG) to update and supplement the DoD Vapor Intrusion Handbook. These six fact sheets cover sampling and assessment techniques that allow for an improved understanding of vapor intrusion given temporal variability and the potential for the presence of background ...


    By Khemia Software Inc

  • Vapor Intrusion Mitigation System for Brownfield Redevelopment

    The project goal was to redevelop a former factory building creating new retail, restaurant, and office space. A solution needed to be developed to keep any contaminated vapors in the soils from releasing into the occupied building spaces. Space was a premium, so the system needed to protect the building occupants with as small a footprint as possible. MAE2 worked with the consultant prior to the ...

  • Hurricane Harvey Delivers Catastrophic Property Damage and Indoor Environmental Quality Issues

    This past weekend, Hurricane Harvey brought powerful winds and an unprecedented amount of rain that has resulted in devastating floods across large areas of Texas. In addition to tragic deaths as a result of the historic storm, countless homes, schools and businesses have been heavily damaged or even destroyed in some cases.  One estimate from an insurance group has put the cost of ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Compulsive Hoarders in Puerto Rico Learn How the Condition Can Impact their Air Quality

    It is estimated that there are between 70,000 and 180,000 people living in Puerto Rico that are compulsive hoarders. These individuals display a pattern of behavior where the excessive acquisition of items and the inability to discard items can result in a person’s home being overrun with things.   Many compulsive hoarders keep the condition of their home a secret from ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Recognizing National Healthy Homes Month in Puerto Rico

    The month of June is recognized as National Healthy Homes Month in Puerto Rico and across the rest of the United States. The designation is acknowledged by such government agencies as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s theme for this year’s National Healthy Homes Month is Everyone Deserves a Safe ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Construction Projects in Occupied Buildings and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

    Virtually every residential, commercial and institutional property will undergo some type of remodeling, renovation or construction activity during their usable lifetime.  Frequently, property owners and managers do not have the ability, luxury or foresight to completely or partially vacate these buildings slated for disturbance. Construction activities in an occupied home, school or ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Tidy Planet Winners In Cummins Environmental Gateway

    Heat capturing equipment, food composting and algae tiles have been named amongst the innovations that could deliver costs savings of more than £640,000 while reducing key climate impacts for engine manufacturers Cummins. Figures released by Cummins suggest that the innovations have the potential to deliver the aforementioned cost savings alongside a two million kilowatt-hour reduction in ...


    By Tidy Planet Limited

  • New York Building Science Consultants Identify Indoor Pollutants that Impact People with COPD

    According to a Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey conducted in 2011, 5.9% of residents in New York had been told they have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by a health care professional.  That year, the percentage equated to over 1.15 million residents of the state being afflicted by a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. COPD ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • New York Building Science Consultants Identify and Mitigate Indoor Asthma Triggers

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 11 children have asthma and 1 in 12 adults have the condition. The chronic disease results in billions of dollars in annual medical costs, and approximately 25 million missed days of work and school. The CDC states that four thousand people die from asthma-related causes and it is a contributing factor in another 7,000 deaths ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Impact of the Trump Administration on the U.S. Cartridge Markets

    The market for cartridges in the U.S. is likely to be greater over the next few years with Trump as president than it would have been had Clinton been elected. In the weeks since the election, the stock markets are up and corporations are more optimistic about the near-term business outlook. The longer-term outlook is less certain as is the impact on world markets. The impact on the U.S. power ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

  • How collaborative funding builds new economic opportunities in Detroit

    The city of Detroit, Michigan, is interested in converting unused open space into a haven for residents, with new recreation opportunities, urban farms, sustainable stormwater infrastructure and natural reserves. CH2M Senior Economist and Planner Mike Matichich and Water Resources Engineer Mark Mittag elaborate on how collaborative funding can lead to economic opportunities. Open ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Eco Expo Asia & Building and Hardware Fair To Spotlight

    Eco Expo Asia to present international green industry leaders Eco Expo Asia is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. The expo is expected to welcome more than 320 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions. Among the 12 ...


    By Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd

  • Visit Brüel & Kjær at London Build Expo conference

    Visitors to this year’s London Build Expo will be able to see Brüel & Kjær’s innovative construction noise and vibration monitoring solutions in action. During the show, taking place 26th and 27th October at London’s Olympia, delegates can meet Brüel & Kjær’s experts, at stand E63 in the West hall, to learn how to efficiently and ...

  • Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification

    The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer. The recent developments reported here contribute to the implementation of a ...

  • Environmental Enginuity Welcomes Hamer Environmental

    Environmental Enginuity Acquires Hamer Environmental- Environmental Enginuity Group announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Hamer Environmental, LP (http://HamerEnvironmental.com) as its first acquisition in the Pacific Northwest. Hamer Environmental, founded in 1992 by Thomas and Chris Hamer, is one of the country's premiere environmental ...

  • Modulo for Vapor Intrusion

    The system creates an under slab void that works as a capillary barrier against moisture - yet uses less concrete than other standard slab equivalents but has, at the same time, a superior load bearing capacity. This is also a “green” building product that will lower future electrical costs and contribute to LEED points on sustainable building projects. Moreover, Geoplast’s ...


    By Geoplast US Corp.

  • PERC Exposure Risks Due to Vapor Intrusion and Other Pathways

    The San Gabriel Valley Tribune recently published an article about indoor air quality testing that is being conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Over 100 residential homes, commercial properties and recreational facilities have been tested so far for chemical contaminants in the El Monte and South El Monte areas. All of this is a result of concerns about chemicals ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • New York Firm Identifies Vapor Intrusion Issues across the Tri-State Area

    At a number of locations across the tri-state region near current and former industrial sites that once had hazardous chemicals dumped onto the ground or into the water, there are health and safety issues due to a process known as vapor intrusion. These issues can occur anywhere that buildings are constructed on a contaminated site or when contaminants migrate underground from one area to another ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Smoke Damage Concerns Following Building Fires in Puerto Rico

    Each year, building fires destroy or damage many homes and businesses across Puerto Rico.  While these fires may burn a structure down to the ground in some circumstances, many others are saved with varying degrees of damage.  These structure fires can be devastating and cause property damage even to neighboring buildings not directly touched by flames.  This is due to ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

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