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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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Report: Polluted Air in the U.S. Worsens Thanks to Wildfires and Wood Stoves

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 24, 2019 8:38:16 AM

Various factors related to Climate Change, including wildfires, linked to worsening air quality in many states. But wood burning stoves also get a mention.

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UL and the Center for Active Design Launch a Revolutionary Partnership, Bringing Together Industry Leading Building and Product Health Certifications

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 20, 2018 12:01:19 PM

Certification programs provide evidence-based standards that address all aspects of design, fit-out, and operations within a building.

UL, a global safety science leader, and the Center for Active Design (CfAD), operator of Fitwel, the world's leading building certification system for health, today announced a partnership that will expand the market for healthier, more sustainable products and buildings globally. This alignment represents the first time two leading certification bodies are uniting to provide comprehensive resources on healthy buildings and products for the design and real estate industries. The initial focus is to increase the adoption of the Fitwel Certification System in China, while also providing architects, designers, and developers with more access to products with reduced risks to human health.

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6 Troubling IAQ Facts

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 3, 2018 11:11:18 AM

According to the EPA, each year, more than 7 million people across the globe die because of exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution. Of those 7 million premature deaths, 3.8 million are caused by exposure to indoor air pollution.

While exterior pollutants such as smog and carbon monoxide may receive more attention, IAQ within a home can have serious effects on our physical and mental health, as well. Unsettling as it may sound, your home could actually be making you sick, leaving builders and manufacturers vulnerable to damaging and costly reputational harm and possible litigation. Here are common unresolved issues that lead to IAQ problems and "sick homes."

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