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  • Vapor Intrusion Problems Risk Building Occupants’ Health

    EMSL Analytical offers vapor intrusion and volatile organic compound (VOC) testing services to protect building occupants from vapor intrusion exposure. Cinnaminson, NJ, October 8th, 2010 Vapor intrusion happens when a gaseous substance migrates into a building.  Radon, volatile organic compounds, water vapor and other gases can make there way through cracks in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Buildings with Vapor Intrusion Issues Risk Occupants’ Health

    Molecular filtration solutions from UVDI’s Sparks Technology can help remove dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to improve building indoor air quality (IAQ). Vapor intrusion is described by building envelop professionals as what happens when a gaseous substance migrates into a building.  Volatile organic compounds and other gases can make their way from contaminated soils and ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Meth Lab Dangers Risk Building Occupants’ Health

    The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide environmental sampling services for former clandestine methamphetamine laboratories to protect future building occupants from a toxic chemicals aftermath.   Just last week U.S. Border Patrol agents seized almost $700,000 in methamphetamines near Yuma Arizona.  Methamphetamine is also referred to as meth, crank, crystal, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Occupational safety and health issues associated with green building

    The e-fact “Occupational safety and health issues associated with green building” provides information on the work-related risk factors and the occupational safety and health (OSH) issues associated with the planning and construction of green buildings, their maintenance, renovation ...

  • US study finds health and environmental risk in building insulation

    Researchers in the United States are calling for a change to the US building codes, following a study showing that the mandatory flame retardants routinely added to foam insulation are not only harmful to human health and the environment, but also make no difference to the prevention of fire in buildings where a fire-safe thermal barrier already exists. Such a change would bring the US building ...


    By Taylor & Francis Group

  • Sewer Gases Create Health & Safety Hazards for Building Occupants

    Most people can recall having at one time or another entered a building and been overwhelmed by a strong odor.  For some unfortunate individuals, this scenario happens every time they enter their home.   Odors can come from many sources, but one of the most frequent is due to sewer gases infiltrating a building’s occupied space.  According to the Wisconsin Department of ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Deadly Chicago High-Rise Fire Causes Health Concerns for Building Residents

    Earlier this month, a fire at a Chicago high-rise killed one person and injured nine.  The fire broke out on the 12th floor of the building and parts of the structure quickly filled with thick smoke and scorching temperatures.   Structure fires can produce an enormous amount of smoke that infiltrates building.  This smoke is filled with combustion by-products that include ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Do LEED-certified green buildings protect human health?

    Do "green" buildings protect human health from environmental hazards? The answer is "not necessarily," according to a new report released by Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI), titled "LEED Certification: Where Energy Efficiency Collides With Human Health." EHHI is a non-profit organization composed of doctors, public health ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Vapor Intrusion Issues in Buildings Can Cause Dangerous Health Conditions

    Core, one of the most recognized providers of commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) services, utilizes advanced testing methods to determine if vapor intrusion is endangering building occupants.  The migration of volatile chemicals from below ground into buildings is known as vapor intrusion.  When these chemicals, which can be comprised of inorganic analytes, volatile organic compounds ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Hidden Mold & Health Concerns in Residential and Commercial Buildings in Puerto Rico

    If a person walks into a home or building and notices a strong musty odor, this telltale clue often indicates that microbial growth is occurring somewhere in the structure.  In some circumstances the building may have visible mold growth, but many times it may be growing completely out of sight.  In other cases, there may be little to no odor, but people are complaining of respiratory ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Do LEED-certified green buildings protect human health?

    Do “green” buildings protect human health from environmental hazards? The answer is “not ...

  • Airborne Fungal Pathogens a Health Threat in Moisture Damaged Buildings

    Water damage in a home, office or school, can result in property damage, structural damage and even create an indoor environment that can be dangerous to people’s health.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Molds are very common in buildings and homes and will grow anywhere indoors where there is moisture. The most common indoor molds are ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Improving air quality in buildings

    A new system to establish health-protective limits for the emission of hazardous chemicals from products used in our homes, schools and offices has been developed by the EU-LCI Working Group. Cranfield University scientists, as members of the EU-LCI Working ...


    By Cranfield University

  • North Carolina Area Health Education Center Building in Chapel Hill, N.C. Named a Top Finisher in Energy Star National Building Competition

    The North Carolina Area Health Education Center Building in Chapel Hill, N.C. was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a top finisher in the third-annual Energy Star National Building Competition. The plant was recognized for reducing their energy use by over a 34 percent. In its third year, the Energy Star National Building Competition featured teams from across the country ...

  • Sick Building Syndrome

    SCHUYLER FALLS, NY—July 31, 2007— James P. Hewitt with the publication of Sick Building Syndrome, educates the public how indoor air quality, noise pollution, lighting, and cleaning chemicals can harm their overall health and well being. Mr. Hewitt with the publication of Sick Building Syndrome educates the reader about a health niche that is poorly understood by the public at large. One ...


  • Health and safety entrepreneurs commended

    A team of youngsters who developed a safety culture in their start up business have been applauded for their work. The school pupils won the Best Health and Safety category of the East Midlands Young Enterprise Company of the Year. Backed by IOSH, the students, who called their company ‘Reflection’, produced a keepsake photo book of memories, designed to be ...

  • Green buildings on the rise

    Green building continues to gain momentum as it demonstrates numerous opportunities to improve the impacts of buildings on the environment and health. To acknowledge this growing trend and EPA's expanded role in it, EPA has released a new video on green buildings in its Green Scene series. The video features Dr. Bill Sanders, director of EPA's National Center for Environmental Research, talking ...

  • The costs of not building green

    Despite the narrowing gap in cost between green building and traditional 'to-code' building, most builders and home buyers still perceive the green option to be significantly more expensive.  The reality is that due to increased builder education and an influx of affordable green building products, a building can be built green within the same budget as a non-green building.  According ...

  • Is there a business case for building green?

    It's a question asked often in the building industry, Does green building pay off, and if it does, for whom? A new comprehensive report released from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) may have the answer to that question. The report, "The Business Case for Green Building: A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Momentum builds for ‘Mercury 2013’

    Mercury is moving towards the top of the agenda for regulatory bodies and interest from the public domain is growing. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) now defines mercury as “the pollutant of greatest concern”. In response to this, the organisers of the 11thInternational Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) are finalising plans for an event that will bring ...

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