Call the Doctor – My Building Is Sick

From JPCL, May 2017

By ALLEN ZIELNIK, ATLAS MATERIAL TESTING TECHNOLOGY LLC

“Sick building syndrome” and “building-related illness” are terms that describe the negative health and comfort effects related to indoor air quality (IAQ). As buildings become more tightly sealed for improved energy efficiency, more attention must be paid to sources of contaminants such as VOCs and formaldehyde from paints, coatings and surface finishes, among others....


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Tagged categories: Air pollution control; Allen Zielnik; Building envelope; Building materials; Building owners; CHPS; Coating chemistry; Coating Materials; Coatings Technology; Energy efficiency; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Hazardous air pollutants; Health and safety; Indoor air quality; Insulation; LEED; Low-VOC; Paint; Pigments; UL; VOC content; VOC emissions; VOC exempt; VOC-free; Zero-VOC

Comment from M. Halliwell, (6/2/2017, 10:55 AM)

Great article, Allen. I did post-grad work dealing with the apportionment of indoor air quality concerns (residential setting) and much of the same sorts of things apply to commercial buildings.


Comment from Michael Quaranta, (6/2/2017, 1:36 PM)

Sorry Allen but you're a little out of line with your short review of formaldehyde. Why are all of the reports eliminating the half-life of formaldehyde since you commented upon in laminate flooring? Keep your eye posted on the delayed expression from the EPA and my guess is that they willl utilize the false information from CARB. In addition to your very well informed position on VOC's it appears you omitted MVE from your article, perhaps due to the need for more quantum particle physics to attend to true and scientific (physics) building health matters.


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