Healthy Homes in a Toxic World: Preventing, Identifying, and Eliminating Hidden Health Hazards in Your Home

Healthy Homes in a Toxic World: Preventing, Identifying, and Eliminating Hidden Health Hazards in Your Home

Healthy Homes in a Toxic World: Preventing, Identifying, and Eliminating Hidden Health Hazards in Your HomeAuthor(s): Maury M. Breecher, Shirley Linde

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471540242

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Synopsis:
Carcinogens and toxic fumes don’t just pollute the environment, they hit us where we live. While you can’t always see, smell, or taste these insidious health hazards, you can successfully combat them. This book provides a comprehensive look at the invisible killers in almost every home–and an essential guide to disposing of them.

Booknews, Inc. , 02/01/93:
Provides current information on lead, radon, asbestos, carbon monoxide, pesticides, and potentially toxic household products; alerts readers to the many symptoms of a sick house; and provides a directory of federal and local experts and agencies that can help. An excellent household reference and safety guide. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

The author, Maury M. Breecher , 11/26/96:
Your home may be terribly hazardous to your health. My thanks to individuals who have purchased this book and given me feedback about how it has helped them improve and enhance their health and the health of their families. I’ve accomplished what I set out to do: help people. This book can perhaps help you too. Although published in 1992 it remains up-to-date since the issues this book addresses–pesticide use, toxic household products, contaminated air and water, dangerous noise levels etc.–keep reappearing on the front pages of our nation’s newspapers. Do you want to build a new, or buy an already built, healthy house? This book tells you how. It identifies problems that make houses–and the people residing within–sick, and tells what to do about those problems. Extensively researched and documented. Based on interviews with experts and documents from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registery, Centers for Disease Control, Consumer Product Safety Commission, EPA, U.S. Dept. of Energy, and HUD. Provides information on lead, radon, asbestos, carbon monoxide and other indoor air pollution problems. Identifies commonly used toxic household products and dangerous household pesticides. Gives easy-to-understand and implement techniques to reduce risks and insure health. Be informed. May your home always be happy and healthy. Maury M. Breecher, M.P.H., Ph.D. (Master’s Degree in Public Health and doctorate in Mass Communication).

Table of Contents
Ch. 1. Warning: Your Home May Be Hazardous to Your Health
The Culprits
A Major Worldwide Health Problem
The Sick Building Syndrome Moves Home
A Sick House Can Be Cured
The Safe-at-Home Health Inventory
Ch. 2. Radon Gas: A Deadly Threat to Millions
Radon Can Be Deadly
Radon and Where It Comes From
How to Test for Radon in Your Home
When to Take Action
Simple Solutions
Four Permanent and Cost-Effective Radon Solutions
Finding and Hiring a Professional
Quick Summary
Ch. 3. Indoor Air Pollution: The Enemy Within
Indoor Air Pollutants Can Harm Your Health
How to Find Air Pollution in Your Home
Environmental Tobacco Smoke Pollution
Dangers of Hazardous Combustion Product Pollution
The Ubiquitous Problem of Formaldehyde Pollution
Biological Contaminants
Quick Summary
Ch. 4. Revitalizing Indoor Air: Ventilation and Air Cleaning
Ventilation Ins and Outs
Evaluating Air Movement within Your Home
Improving Your Home’s Ventilation
The Heat Recovery Ventilator Advantage
Advice for Whatever You Choose
Combatting Indoor Air Pollution with Air-Cleaning Devices
Looking at What the Future May Bring
Quick Summary
Ch. 5. Asbestos: A Hidden Killer in Your Home?
Health Dangers of Asbestos
Identifying Materials That Contain Asbestos
Help from Asbestos Professionals
Corrective Action
Quick Summary
Ch. 6. Things You Breathe, Eat, and Touch: How to Allergy-Proof Your House
Symptoms
Tracking Down the Clues
If You Are Allergic to Pollen
Dust Allergy
Mold Allergy
Your Pet May Be the Source of Your Problem
You May Be Allergic to a Food
You May Be Allergic to a Medicine
You May Be Allergic to Things You Touch
Rules for Allergy-Proofing Your Home
Things to Consider if You Are Remodeling or Building a Home
Quick Summary
Ch. 7. Pesticides and Lawn Care Chemicals: Long-Term Health Dangers
Chlordane May Still Pose a Risk
Other Pestiddes That May Pose a Risk
Five Home Pesticides That Concern Americans the Most
Personal Bug Repellents May Cause Adverse Health Effects
Keeping Insects and Other Pests Away from Your Home
If You Must Use Chemical Pesticides, Do It Safely
How to Choose a Pest Control Company
Storing and Disposing Pesticides Safely
Quick Summary
Ch. 8. Risky Waters: Is Your Water Safe?
Are You Getting Sick Because of Contaminated Water?
Is Your Tap Water Safe? Here’s How to Find Out
Serious Health Threat to Your Family: Lead-Contaminated Water
Protect against Chloroform
Well Water Pollution
Devices to Clean Your Water
Is Bottled Water Better?
The Safe Drinking Water Act’s Failed Promise
Quick Summary
Ch. 9. Perilous Paint: The Hidden Hazard Posed by Paint
Mercury Pollution
Lead Pollution
Another Danger from Indoor Exposure to Paint – Bis(Tributyltin) Oxide
Quick Summary
Ch. 10. Toxic Threats: Potentially Dangerous Products and Hazardous Wastes in the Home
Defining Poisonous, Toxic, and Hazardous
The Air You Breathe May Be Hazardous to Your Health
Health Dangers of Volatile Organic Chemicals
How to Protect Your Family from Household Chemicals
How to Choose Nontoxic, Environmentally Safe Home Products
Disposal of Hazardous Wastes from the Home
Quick Summary
Ch. 11. Electromagnetism: Should We Be Worried?
Electromagnenc Fields Defined
Possible Dangers from EM Radiation
Microwave Radiation
How to Protect Your Family
Points to Remember When Considering a Move
Quick Summary
Ch. 12. Hazardous Noise: Sound Advice
Health Effects of Excessive Noise Levels
Our Homes Are No Longer a Haven from Noise
How to Protect Your Family
Quick Summary
Ch. 13. An Ounce of Prevention: Healthy Cocooning
Factors to Consider When Building a New Home
Buying an Older Home
Maintaining Your Home for Health and Safety
Room-by-Room Health and Safety Tips
The Trend toward Cocooning
Appendix: Resource Directories
Directory A: State Contacts for Healthy Home Issues
Directory B: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Office Indoor Air, Radon, and Asbestos Contacts
Directory C: National Hotlines and Clearing Houses
Directory D: Resource List of Private Sector and Nonprofit Organizations
Index

Building with Lime

Cover, Building with Lime

Author(s): Stafford Holmes and Michael Wingate

ISBN: 1853393843

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Lime has been used in building for thousands of years and, used well, it continues to be the best and most versatile binder in the world. The special characteristics that make lime particularly appropriate for certain types of building include its porosity and permeability (the ability to “breathe”) and exceptional smoothness of texture. Lime can be used in every building element from the foundation and floor to the walls and roof. Lime can bind sand or other aggregates to form mortar. A similar mix with slightly different aggregate makes plasters to cover interior walls or renders for external applications. Lime can be molded into decorative elements or used as paint. It can be added to soil blocks for greater strength and stability. Before Portland cement, lime was used extensively for building construction and civil engineering. When making repairs or renovating historic structures, it is often more effective to use lime instead of more “modern” materials. Every type of lime has its own particular virtues and limitations and the successful use of lime in construction requires knowledge and skill. The author’s considerable experience with lime in building is brought together into one volume to provide an invaluable source of practical advice. This book is a starting point for those considering lime as a building material, and as a general reference to the broad range of uses for lime in construction. The information will assist manufacturers, investors, suppliers, as well as builders and owners of the buildings themselves to understand its value. Many examples are presented that illustrate the practical and aesthetic advantages of lime along with its commercial potential.

More Other Homes and Garbage: Designs for Self-Sufficient Living, Complete Revised, Expanded, and Updated

More Other Homes and Garbage: Designs for Self-Sufficient LivingAuthor(s): Jim Leckie

Publisher: Sierra Club Books

ISBN: 087156274X

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“daphage” (Ithaca, NY)

While ageless classics exist, I must deduct one star per 25 year for technical manuals. This however is a library of practical knowledge in one book. This book from ’75 found the perfect balance between techno-engineering texts that no one could read and the books that told you to conserve energy without any real direction or practicality. This book gives practical design tips and easy to use formulas for everything from designing passive solar collectors to generating your own electricity to methane digesters and other waste handling techniques. Water supplies, photovoltaics, house insulation and even placing windbreaks around your house to both cool in the summer and protect in the winter are covered!

I used this book as a text in my Renewable Energy Systems course and learned more practical knowledge from it than I think I have in my 4 years at Cornell! Highly recommended and I hope people will buy it so we can get it back in print!

Insulating Concrete Forms Construction Manual

Cover, Insulating Concrete Forms Construction Manual Author(s): Pieter A. Vanderwerf, W. Keith Munsell

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 0070670323

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Insulating Concrete Forms Construction Manual

Paperback
Publication date: January 1996
136 pages.

Alternatives to wood-frame construction have received growing interest over the last several years. The most popular alternative has been insulating concrete forms. These rigid plastic forms stay in place to provide exceptional thermal insulation. This book by the Portland Cement Association is the first construction manual for building with insulating concrete form systems. Based on the lessons of successful builders, the manual offers step-by-step instructions to guide you through every phase: design, site preparation, setting forms, placing concrete, connecting to roof and floors, installing utilities, interior construction and installing fixtures and finishes. This book is packed with helpful photographs, diagrams, tables and charts.

Clean House, Clean Planet: Manual to Free Your Home of 14 Common Hazard Household Products

Cover, Clean House, Clean Planet : Manual to Free Your Home of  14 Common Hazard Household Products

Clean House, Clean Planet : Manual to Free Your Home of 14 Common Hazard Household Products

Author(s): Karen Noonan Logan

Publisher: Pocket Books

ISBN: 0671535951

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Clean House, Clean Planet : Manual to Free Your Home of 14 Common Hazard Household Products Paperback, 288 pages Publication date: April 1997 Synopsis: This easy-to-use guide for everyone who is concerned about the toxic chemicals in cleaning products includes remarkably simple recipes for natural, non-toxic household cleaners that really work–the secrets the cleaning industry doesn’t want consumers to know.

Your Health and Your House: A Resource Guide

Your Health and Your House: A Resource GuideAuthor(s): Nina Anderson, Albert Benoist

Publisher: Keats Pub

ISBN: 087983630X

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Your Health and Your House: A Resource Guide

Paperback, 159 pages
Publication date: January 1995

Midwest Book Review:
How can homeowners diagnose their homes for environmental problems? Anderson and Benoist, environmental and building consultants, discuss seventy symptoms and pollutants which can aggravate health conditions, telling how to reduce or eliminate them and how to test for lead, radon, and carpet hazards.

The author , 10/09/97:
DIAGNOSE YOUR IN-HOME ILLNESS A pertinent book that depicts lists of common health symptoms and the corresponding indoor pollutant that could be causing them. A great way to diagnose if your sick buillding is causing you to be sick too!

The Healthy House: How to Buy One How to Build One How to Cure a Sick One

Cover, The Healthy House : How to Buy One How to Build One  How to Cure a Sick One (4th Ed)

(4th Ed)

Author(s): John Bower

Publisher: Healthy House Inst

ISBN: 0963715690

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The Healthy House: How to Buy One, How to Build One, How to Cure a Sick One

4th Edition
Paperback, 672 pages

Booknews, Inc., 10/01/89:
Information on subjects that include airtightness and ventilation, mold and moisture, wood and wood products, and their noxious and toxic potentials. Includes source listings of manufacturers and suppliers. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Keeping Buildings Healthy

Keeping Buildings HealthyAuthor(s): James T. O’Reilly, Philip Hagan, Ronald Gots

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471292281

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Product Description

A complete prevention and planning guide for professionals concerned with building-related illnessThe dramatic increase in claims of illness related to building conditions has created an urgent need for information and advice on all aspects of this complicated topic. Keeping Buildings Healthy tells professionals what they must know in order to identify, evaluate, and resolve the complex issues presented by building-related illness effectively. Suitable for both manufacturing and clerical environments, it offers legal, medical, behavioral, industrial hygiene, and engineering expertise found in no other single publication.

Supplemented with case studies, plus extensive reference materials on indoor environmental health standards, organizations, publications, and an indoor environmental quality evaluation checklist, this practical resource will be valued by anyone with a stake in the good health and safety of the indoor environment.

Coverage includes:
* A review of common indoor environmental quality problems, such as HVAC systems, noise, lighting, and water
* Health complaint investigations, from triage and diagnosis to choosing consultants and handling the media
* Practical and legal concerns related to government inspections
* Indoor health litigation, legal options of different parties, liability risks, insurance implications, and more

From the Publisher

Each year, thousands of people experiencing flu-like symptoms due to poor air quality and ventilation in the workplace. Other indoor environment dangers that can affect the health of workers range from exposed asbestos insulation to subtle psychological dangers such as limited sunlight. This work is designed to help readers resolve existing indoor air problems and prevent air quality issues from occurring in the future. Suitable for both manufacturing and clerical environments, this book offers legal, medical, industrial hygiene, and engineering expertise found in no other single publication.

The Natural House Book: Creating a Healthy, Harmonious, and Ecologically-Sound Home Environment

Cover, The Natural House Book : Creating a Healthy, Harmonious,  and Ecologically-Sound Home Environment Author(s): David Pearson, Malcolm Wells

Publisher: Fireside

ISBN: 0671666355

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The Natural House Book: Creating a Healthy, Harmonious, and Ecologically-Sound Home Environment

Paperback, 287 pages
Publication date: October 1989

Synopsis:
Here is the first guide to redecorating any house or apartment to create a sanctuary that enhances physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. 105 four-color photographs. 10 four-color charts. 80 one-color illustrations.

Booknews, Inc., 02/01/90:
Numerous illustrations and informative text give decorating and designing guidance. A thorough, useful work at a low price. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.