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Are Chemicals Poisoning Your Perfect Designs? Test Your Knowledge of Building Product Hazards

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jul 10, 2012 09:42 PM
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by Paula Melton last modified Jul 07, 2012

Author name:  Paula Melton Blog Category:  GreenSpec Insights Take our quiz to find out how much you really know about VOCs , lead, toxic flame retardants, and other common hazards in building materials. Sometimes you feel like you should wear a hazmat suit to the office—but it can be difficult to find a tie to match. Photo Credit: Reena Rose Sibayan, Food, toys, furniture, building products—just about everything around us—can contain chemicals that will make us very sick or even kill us if we are exposed at a certain level over a long period of time. Sometimes it seems like there’s some new killer substance in our homes, schools, and offices almost every day of the week. Information overload But news stories about these products usually provide little or no context to help people understand when they may truly be in danger. A lot of people, overwhelmed by the constant scares and unclear on which products are actually hazardous, give up on keeping track of everything that might poison them. Building industry professionals don’t have that luxury. Also Read Chemical Industry Attacks LEED; BuildingGreen Checks the Facts Video: Why We Need “Nutrition Labels” for Building Products New Concern about Pesticides in Exterior Paints New Flame Retardant for Polystyrene—Too Much Like the Old? Clients are paying attention, but they need your help Knowing which building materials and products are likely to contain which toxic substances—and knowing when to minimize use of those materials or find less-toxic alternatives—comes with the territory. And the need for this knowledge is not just confined to the green building world anymore. read more






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