Cleaning Products & Processes: Partnering for Healthier Indoor Environments

The cleaning industry has made significant strides in its commitment to create “green” or environmentally friendly cleaning products, but many are rated by their VOC content, not by their VOC emissions. Additionally, the concentrations of individual VOCs may be well...

Indoor Air Quality Hazards of New Cars

This white paper reviews the results of research that demonstrate that levels of VOCs, PBDEs and phthalates in new car interiors can be very high, the efforts by some automakers to lower levels in new cars, and what consumers can do to protect themselves.

Indoor Air Quality & Sensitive Population Groups

Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is a significant risk factor for serious and sometimes life threatening health conditions for certain segments of the population. Poor IAQ can cause cancer, infections, and respiratory, endocrine and developmental problems and has the greatest...

New Asthma Study Links VOCs and Allergens to an Increase in Childhood Asthma

The number of cases of asthma in children has increased dramatically in the past 30 years and poor indoor air quality (IAQ) appears to play a role in this increase. Studies indicate that most individual volatile organic compounds (VOCs) appear to be risk factors for asthma as well as the most common allergen, dust mites.

Meeting Green: The Office Equipment Industry’s Guide to Managing Product Emissions

Even if your definition of a home office is one computer and a printer, this document will benefit any homeowner who is interested in reducing exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), ozone, and particulate emissions.

Moisture in Buildings - A Practical Guide to Avoiding Moisture & Mold

Maintaining a dry building is the best way to ensure a safe environment and healthy occupants, but avoiding moisture in buildings is not as simple as it may seem. Experts agree that by far the most effective manner of avoiding problems associated with moisture such as mold, bacteria, and allergens, is to prevent the moisture in the first place.

Energy Conservation and Indoor Air Quality: Lessons From the Past Have Relevance for the Future

From the earliest of times humans have strived to balance the need for indoor air quality (IAQ) with adequate and efficent heating. What may be missing in today's strategies is that energy conservation methods in homes may put occupants at unnecessary health risks.

Cleaning Chemicals and Their Impact on Indoor Environments and Health

Cleaning products are designed to remove dust, viruses, bacteria, particulates, endotoxins, allergens and mold, but many also release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other particulates. All of these contaminants can make people sick.

Cleaning Procedures for Mold

Successful cleaning of mold requires an clear understanding of the locations of contamination and the reasons why fungal growth has occurred. Ultimately, the success of mold cleaning is dependent upon prevention of leaks and dampness that caused the original problem and which can lead to new growth.

Clearing the Air on Indoor Air Cleaners/Purifiers

Indoor air contains a myriad of visible and invisible contaminants, some of which can lead to health problems. This white paper reviews the common types of contaminants found in indoor air and examines the use of air cleaning as an effective IAQ strategy.

IAQ and Children's Health - Protecting Children's Health

Children are more vulnerable to exposure to indoor air pollutants than adults. This white paper seeks to raise awareness and address important issues about how poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can affect children's health.

Energy Conservation and Indoor Air Quality: Partnering to Protect Public Health

Pursuing energy conservation without considering the quality of indoor air poses unnecessary health risks on the occupants. Conversely, pursuing good indoor air quality (IAQ) without considering the efficient use of energy may increase energy consumption, costs, and outdoor air pollution....

Energy Conservation and Indoor Air Quality: Benefits of Achieving Both in Homes

Homeowners cite having a healthier place to live, energy savings, and environmental conservation as the top three reasons for buying green homes, but builders tend to focus more on the latter in their selection of green building features. Those involved...

Defining Green Products

While the general consensus is that "green" refers, in some way, to environmentally-preferable attributes of a product, service, or technology, there is no single, universal definition of the term. This white paper examines what constitutes a green product.

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