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The New Dorm Norm: Residence Halls Get Healthier

Posted by Javier Esteban, Guest Columnist

Aug 5, 2019 10:19:48 AM

As architects rethink college constructs, residence halls are getting healthier.

In 1984, the World Health Organization suggested that up to 30 percent of new and renovated buildings had excessive complaints related to indoor air quality, which was directly related to Sick Building Syndrome. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this “disorder” describes situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.

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An Air Affair

Posted by Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Jun 10, 2019 2:32:31 PM

Here’s how to protect your team from hazardous material during construction.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that thousands of builders each year suffer from work-related skin or lung issues. One in every 20 were poisoned, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. And this doesn’t include all the thousands of employees who didn’t report anything. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that nearly 70 percent of injuries and illnesses never make it onto paper.

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The Summer Winds Bring Allergy Season Into Full Swing

Posted by Jay Ayers, Ingersoll Rand

May 28, 2019 12:29:29 PM

With the weather turning warmer and plants and grasses in bloom, allergy season is in full misery mode.

While many consumers rush to their medicine cabinets looking for allergy medications to fight teary eyes and stuffy noses, there are ways to prevent these symptoms before they begin.

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Revealed: 1.6m Americans live near the most polluting incinerators in the US

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 28, 2019 10:40:43 AM

Report finds that minority and lower-income communities are exposed to majority of the pollution coming from waste-burning plants.

The Guardian reports on the harmful chemicals that are polluting the air around mostly minority and low income neighborhoods.

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Air pollution may be damaging ‘every organ in the body’

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 24, 2019 1:24:42 PM

Comprehensive analysis finds harm from head to toe, including dementia, heart and lung disease, fertility problems and reduced intelligence.

According to A Review by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies’ Environmental Committee covered in The Guardian, damage to the human body from air pollution is worse than previously thought.

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