Archive | Occupant Health

Green Spotlight on Mold

Cornerstone speaks to Evelyn Majoris What is mold and how does it affect indoor air quality and occupant health? Molds are microscopic fungi that are part of our natural environment and serve a vital role outdoors by participating in the return of nutrients to the earth via the natural cycle of decay.  When they’re allowed to […]

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Speaking out on Indoor Air Quality

There is no denying that mold assessment and remediation is the current “golden child” of the growing indoor air quality (IAQ) industry.  The Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recently published S-520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. S-520 cites the following reasons for the “sharp rise in awareness about mold growth […]

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Green Spotlight on Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Cornerstone speaks with Kevin Kampschroer What is Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE)?  Post-Occupancy Evaluation is the means by which we discover what works well and what doesn’t in a new or renovated building.  There have been different approaches to POEs over the years, and most have been in-depth analyses of specific buildings.  For a variety of reasons, the […]

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Green Spotlight on Daylighting

Cornerstone speaks with Robert J. Osten, Jr., R.A., and Keith J. Yancey, AIA, P.E., of Lam Partners Inc. Q:  Although everyone seems to enjoy spaces that have great daylighting, please explain why their existence is rare. A:  The technology of HVAC and fluorescent lighting was already in place in the early 1940s and, since then, energy […]

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Fall Furnace Tune-Up: For Comfort, Efficiency, and Safety

Stories—some humorous, some sobering—abound among heating contractors about the causes and effects of heating problems.  Gary Bakalarski, an air conditioning technician for the City of Pittsburgh’s Housing Authority, recalls once clearing 13 pigeons out of someone’s chimney.  A customer of Bob Hillard’s (Hillard Plumbing & Heating) was in total disbelief when his new furnace’s heat […]

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Green Spotlight on Operations and Maintenance

Q:  What areas of the operations and maintenance of a building have the greatest environmental/health impacts? A:  Approximately eight billion pounds of chemicals are used just to clean the commercial and institutional buildings in the United States each year.  And, for every pound of finished product, there can be 10 times that amount used during the […]

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Green Spotlight on Home Remodeling

Cornerstone speaks with design contractor A.J. Stones. Q:  What are the most important factors to be considered when hiring a contractor? A:  Hiring a remodeling contractor is the same as hiring any other professional.  You need to look at background, education, training, how the business is run, who’s in charge, who you’d deal with on a […]

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