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Time to Breathe Easy

Posted by Terry Beaubois, Guest Columnist

May 9, 2019 12:25:08 PM

NAHB-IBS 2019 offered key lessons in healthy home design and construction. Are you listening?

During the 2019 NAHB-International Builders Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, one key discussion addressed the issue of the health of home occupants, and the related residential design and construction. Human health in homes is becoming a major concern globally as more people discover that the source of an illness may be in their home.

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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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Breathing Room

Posted by Terry Beaubois, Guest Columnist

Oct 8, 2018 3:13:14 PM

Knowing about air quality is an important part of green building.

As an architect, I’ve always been aware of air management in buildings. This includes heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC). It also includes humidity, fresh air ventilation and air quality. Some of my recent experiences have significantly increased my awareness of how critical this issue is becoming for every building.

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Healthy Homes, Healthy Buildings

Posted by Terry Beaubois, Guest Columnist

Aug 23, 2018 9:15:29 AM

What we can’t see and don’t know can hurt us—and our clients.

The topic of healthy homes and buildings has been around for a while, but the awareness of the problem and what to do about it is being raised to a higher level with recent findings.

Having a healthy home environment is a core element for every member of the building industry—architects designing homes for people; builders building homes; and family members concerned about their family’s health. This is an area that has been a career-long interest of mine. In the past, it was more of a background issue, but over time, research shows this to be increasingly important as we gain a better understanding and additional knowledge of the issues related to air quality.

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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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