05/10/2010

Are Green Buildings Always Healthy?

Indoor air pollution still a problem in some sustainable built environments

 
Are Green Buildings Always Healthy

As the demand for energy-efficient, tightly sealed buildings grows, so does the risk for trapping indoor air pollutants inside from interior products and materials.

Believe it or not, not all green buildings are as healthy and sustainable as they appear. In fact, many of them could be inadvertently harming the health of their occupants through the products and materials used in their construction and design.

“Now more than ever, indoor air pollution from product emissions is a huge concern,” says Dr. Marilyn Black, world-renowned scientist, indoor air quality expert, and founder of the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI). “As the demand for more energy-efficient, tightly sealed buildings grows, so does the risk for trapping indoor air pollutants inside. We end up inhaling countless chemicals that off-gas from interior products and materials – chemicals that are known to make us sick.”

Along with indoor air affecting human health (exposure to polluted indoor air is known to cause nosebleeds, headaches, nausea, asthma, and even cancer), financial and legal backlash often accompanies “sick buildings.” Simple, proactive measures can minimize indoor air pollution in commercial, healthcare, and educational environments.

“It’s important to remember that, while green products, materials, and practices can be good for the outdoor environment, they may not always be the best for our indoor environments,” Black says. “Our indoor environments are where we spend 90-percent of our time. We have to make sure the products we surround ourselves with are low-emitting.”

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Yaskawa drives offer quality performance for air handlers and cooling towers on the roof to secondary chilled water pumps in the basement

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
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