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Improve a Building’s Air Quality To Prevent Serious Illnesses
Improving a residential or commercial building’s air quality is essential to have better overall health, including preventing serious medical problems. Poor air quality can lead to several health problems such as allergies, asthma attacks or lung cancer. The best way to determine if a building has poor air quality is to contact a company that provides professional radon testing from trained technicians to learn if there is any dangerous gas present.
Some Dangerous Gases Can Cause Cancer of the Lungs
Radon is a tasteless, odorless and colorless gas that has radioactive properties that can lead to serious illnesses. Research reveals that this gas is responsible for numerous cases of cancer of the lungs each year. Approximately 20,000 individuals in the United States die from cancer of the lungs on a yearly basis, and about 3,000 of these individuals have never smoked cigarettes.
A Colorless and Odorless Gas Can Contain Radioactive Elements
In addition, this colorless gas creates other radioactive elements, including solid dust particles that can contaminate the surfaces in a home or business. These radioactive substances can detach from the surfaces before entering the building’s airstream, and you can breathe these contaminants into your lungs, leading to cancer.
Mitigation For Dangerous Gases Is Essential To Protect Your Health
Mitigation of this dangerous gas is vital for your health, and there are kits available for testing in local hardware stores. However, it is better to contact a professional inspector who has the correct equipment to determine if this potentially lethal gas is present in your business or home. While testing for this odorless gas, a knowledgeable technician can determine if there are other contaminants in the air, including mold.
Air Quality Testing Requires Several Days To Complete
Testing a building’s air quality can take up to a week, and the samples are typically sent to a laboratory for an analysis. It is possible to test the air around a construction site before building a business or home, but in most cases, the testing for dangerous substances is completed in older structures.
How Dangerous Gases Are Mitigated To Protect Your Health
If a dangerous gas is found inside a building, then there are several ways to reduce the danger, including:
• Installing a positive supply ventilation device
• Installing a specialized sump pump in a building’s basement
• Installing a positive pressurization system
• Improving a building’s ventilation
• Increasing ventilation under a building’s foundation with soil-suctioning methods
The primary way to improve the ventilation in a building to remove the dangerous gases is to install a vent pipe system and fan. The major goal of this type of mitigation is to keep the carcinogenic gases outside of a building.
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Promoting Sustainable Homes Across Europe
Sustainable homes are nothing new. Some of the earliest examples of environmentally friendly dwellings include sod huts, dugout homes and igloos. These primitive dwellings were all made of sustainable building materials.
Modern sustainable homes are generally not made of grass or ice, but the materials we have today can be every bit as friendly to the planet while saving energy and sometimes even building costs. In this article we will look at several of these green materials.
Nearly all hemp used for any purpose in America is necessarily imported because production of this plant is, with few exceptions, still illegal here. But as more states begin to seriously consider the benefits of the hemp industry, we may begin to see legal domestic production of this fibrous plant. This would be a boon for farmers, builders and homeowners who want a strong and efficient building material from a renewable source.
Hempcrete is made from the woody pulp of the hemp plant. It is mixed with minerals and emulsified into a concrete-like substance that can be formed into nearly any imaginable shape. The easy moldability and amazing insulating properties of hempcrete make it ideal for wall construction and subflooring.
You can't get more green than brown. The same brown dirt that lies beneath your lawn can be used as an innovative construction material. The manufacturing process is simple. Soil of the proper consistency is compressed into molds of the desired shapes. The finished product is used as bricks, slabs and wall segments. Rebar can be used to add strength.
Mycelium is the root structure of fungi. While mushrooms pop up here and there in meadows and forests, mycelium can cover many acres of land just below the surface. But how can this be used as a building material? The mycelium is innoculated into other organic substances, like hay or rice hulls, and grown in molds. Once the mycelium consumes the organic material and fills the mold, the dense mycelium is dried into a super strong and totally renewable building material.
Bamboo is a very prolific and strong plant in the grass family. It has been used as a construction material for centuries. It can be used for framing, lathing, roof thatching and as rebar for adding strength to other sustainable building material, like rammed earth. Bamboo also has a natural beauty that is unrivaled when a natural feel is desired.
Concrete is not in short supply, but it can be unattractive, and it's manufacture creates quite a bit of carbon dioxide. A material called ferrock, which is made of pulverized rock and steel dust that has been reclaimed from manufacturing processes, is currently being developed, and it has already been proven to be stronger than concrete. It has also been shown to actually absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Be on the lookout for more information about ferrock in the very near future.