Category: Indoor Air Quality

Hurricane Harvey Environmental Cleanup Work

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Hurricane Harvey Environmental Cleanup Work This post is very similar to one I wrote about the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016, now called by some as “The Great Flood of 2016”.  I’m putting this back out because I want to share information about the obvious (and not so obvious) environmental cleanup problems Hurricane Harvey presents. Hurricane Harvey certainly left a mess in the aftermath. Mold problems as a result are…

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Matt Risinger Interviews Wynn White About Mold

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Matt Risinger Interviews Wynn White While attending this summer’s Building Science Corporation Summer Camp, Matt Risinger interviewed Wynn about mold. For those of you who don’t know Matt, he’s a custom builder from Austin, and his projects range from complex renovations to custom building. His project approach is simple – do it right, the first time, with the right materials. He’s fun to hang around with and has some terrific…

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Mold Certificates and the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016

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Mold Certificates and the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016 The Baton Rouge Flood of 2016, now called by some as “The Great Flood of 2016” certainly left a mess. Mold problems as a result are a hot topic – and rightly so. There are a lot of good contractors and consultants out there helping with projects. But there are some who are taking advantage of the situation. I’ve seen advertisements…

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Respecting Your Elders – Especially When it Comes to Building Science

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Respecting Your Elders – Especially When it Comes to Building Science How many times has someone (usually older than you) told you to respect your elders? Probably more than a few. And if you’re like me, you probably rolled your eyes plenty of times because you were a young know it all who didn’t need any help or the benefit of experience shared by an older person. This post got…

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Environmental Response Work and Baton Rouge Flood of 2016

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Environmental Response Work and Baton Rouge Flood of 2016 The Baton Rouge Flood of 2016, now called by some as “The Great Flood of 2016” certainly left a mess. Mold problems as a result are a hot topic – and rightly so. But there are plenty of other environmental problems awaiting homeowners, business owners, schools, and everyone else. Baton Rouge Flood recovery is going to take some time – response work,…

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Temporary Building Problems – A Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling?

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Temporary Building Problems – A Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling? The great musical sage Jimmy Buffet wrote a song called “Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling”, an expression many of us like to use from time to time. Although the song tells a different story than something facilities and maintenance related, temporary buildings have become just that – a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling. In many cases, an…

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Les Miles & Mechanical Engineers Deserve A Break

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Les Miles & Mechanical Engineers Deserve A Break I’d love to know what you thought when you read the title. There are some jokes I could make here, but I’ll only say that given how Les gives soundbites, I’d love to hear him explain the Second Law of Thermodynamics. I mean, who doesn’t think of Les Miles and mechanical engineers at the same time? Les Miles has had quite an interesting time…

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Legionella in Buildings is No Joke – Get Proactive

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Legionella in buildings Unless you’ve been on vacation all summer, or you’ve been watching my beloved Chicago Cubs have a great season, you’ve heard or read about the Legionnaire’s disease cases in New York City. The 2015 outbreak, traced back to a Bronx hotel cooling tower, has caused 12 deaths and sickened 120 people. Obviously, this story is newsworthy, but it turns out Legionnaire’s disease can occur anywhere if the…

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Hurricane Katrina Asbestos Damage – Katrina Hits the Casinos

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Hurricane Katrina Asbestos Damage – Katrina Hits the Casinos If you ever had any doubt about the intensity of Hurricane Katrina, all you had to do was travel along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Hurricane Katrina blasted that region, and upon seeing the destruction, you can understand the difficulties the region experienced in cleanup and recovery. Hurricane Katrina asbestos damage didn’t help. In early 2006, we were asked to perform an…

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Environmental Noise Measurement

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Environmental Noise Measurement If you read my post about indoor noise, you know we get into some environmental topics that differ from the traditional asbestos, lead, and mold only problems that plague building owners and occupants. Talking about indoor noise is one thing, but what about noise that most of the time is out of our control – environmental noise? And how do we measure environmental noise? Usually we may…

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