Healthy House Building : A Design and Construction Guide

Healthy House Building: A Design and Construction Guide

Healthy House Building : A Design and Construction Guide

Author(s): John Bower

Publisher: Healthy House Inst

ISBN: 0963715623

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How you put your house together is just as important as the materials you choose. Healthy House Building takes you step-by-step through the construction of a Model Healthy House. With over 200 photos and illustrations, as well as a complete set of detailed construction drawings, Healthy House Building shows you everything you need to know to build a healthy house. While your house probably won’t look like the one in this book, the important how-to information necessary to build or remodel in a healthy manner can be applied to all houses. This second edition contains updated addresses for the suppliers of materials used in the Model Healthy House

Healthy House Building is a heavily illustrated book that walks the reader through every phase of construction. In building the Model Healthy House, Bower promotes a concept he calls “Eliminate, Separate, Ventilate”… Bower recognizes that economic realities often necessitate tradeoffs, and he suggests where compromises can be made with the least impact on the environment… Full of useful information. — Fine Homebuilding, August/September 1994

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Of course, having comprehensive text on healthy housing is important. But Healthy House Building (Second Edition) by John Bower takes this information further–by actually showing readers how to build a healthy house from the ground up. Want to see how to lay a ceramic tile floor using a self-made, no-additive grout; how to install a metal roof; or how the air-tight drywall approach should be done? These and all the other steps required to build a “model healthy house” are explained in text–but also with over 250 photographs, and 25 pages of detailed house plans. This is the type of information you’ll be able to apply to your next building or remodeling project.

384 pages

Publication date: November 1997

Healthy by Design Revised: Building and Remodeling Solutions for Creating Healthy Homes

Healthy by Design Revised: Building and Remodeling Solutions for Creating Healthy Homes

Healthy by Design Revised: Building and Remodeling Solutions for Creating Healthy Homes

Author(s): David Rousseau, James Wasley

Paperback: 318 pages

Publisher: Hartley & Marks; 2 edition (July 1999)

ISBN: 0881791776

ISBN-13: 978-0881791778

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Is your house painted w/potentially irritating chemicals? are your heating and ventilation systems working for or against you? ‘Healthy by Design’ can show you how to make your home a toxin-free sanctuary…learn about the hidden risks posed by modern materials and construction techniques…how to test for pollutants …where to build…how to design the healthiest possible home that is also energy and resource efficient… Included are 79 healthy bldg solutions… comprehensive guide for the owner, designer and builder… 9 detailed case studies of new and remodeled homes…

Prescriptions for a Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders and Homeowners

Prescriptions for a Healthy House

Prescriptions for a Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders and HomeownersAuthor(s): Paula Baker, Erica Elliott, John Banta

Publisher: Inword Press

ISBN: 1566903556

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Published January 1998
246 pages

Reviewer comment Prescriptions for a Healthy House is distinguished in two respects. The material is laid out following the 16 point Master Format of construction specifications so that targeting specific topics of interest is easy. The second is that the authors’ approach the subject based on the precepts of baubiology.

‘[T]here is much interesting material here, including the many references to case studies from personal involvement illustrating a point they are making. Some refer to construction issues, others to examples of problems people encounter with pollutants in their environment’

The most valuable contribution [the authors] make is suggesting text that can be added to specifications to deal with the key issues related to each aspect of work. Product sources are also identified.–SOLPLAN REVIEW, March 1998.

The author, Paula Baker E-Mail: , 01/20/98:
Its not that complicated! The book is designed to make healthy home building easy. We walk homeowner, architect and builder step-by-step through the construction process. We explain why certain standard building practices are detrimental to your health, what to do instead and where to obtain products and expertise. We welcome your comments, experiences with using the book and knowledge so that we can best serve those who come to us for help.

Review comments Many good books have been written on healthy building, but until now there has not been a nitty-gritty reference manual that covers everything from theory to specification language in a way that can be applied to any construction type. Prescriptions for a Healthy House is introductory enough to be used by someone new to the field, yet detailed and practical enough to be a valuable referenced for the more experienced.

The best thing about this book is that it is laid out to be USED. The graphic design allows for easy perusal to find the charts, case studies, specification language, resources, details, or supporting text. In fact, I made use of Prescriptions the first day I got it: a client called with a question, and I went straight to the relevant page and read her a concise list of practical suggestions. I was relieved not to have to comb my mental or physical database!

The backgrounds of the authors–experienced architect, M.D., and healthy building consultant–combine to give the book a breadth and depth rarely found in one place. More than an admonition to go nontoxic or a list of materials, the book includes practical strategies and procedures, clearly gained from experience, to ensure that the finished home is a haven, not a nightmare. The case studies bring home the authors’ points. When you read that a cleanup product caused a nearly finished house to be uninhabitable, you know WHY you need to specify everything that is used on the site. In fact, it makes me want to specify that every contractor read this book! –Carol Venolia, publisher of Building with Nature newsletter and author of Healing Environments

I liked this book very much–it fills a real need. –Vincent A. Marinkovich, M.D., Immunologist, allergist, and pediatrician, Menlo Park, CA

I will definitely recommend this book to my patients. –William Shrader, M.D., Allergist, specialist in environmental medicine, Santa Fe, NM

Contents This book takes the mystery out of healthy house building by walking the owner/architect/builder team through the construction process. It explains where and why standard building practices are not healthful, what to do differently, and how to obtain alternative materials and expertise. Provides information on how to design interior and exterior space, and select construction materials that enhance and promote physical well-being.

Table of Contents

Warning and Disclaimer
About the Authors
Pt. I. Overview
Description of the Problem and Solutions
Pt. II. Specification
Division 1. General Requirements
Division 2. Site Work
Division 3. Concrete
Division 4. Masonry or Other Alternatives to Frame Construction
Division 5. Metals
Division 6. Wood and Plastics
Division 7. Thermal and Moisture Control
Division 8. Openings
Division 9. Finishes
Division 10. Specialties
Division 11. Equipment
Division 12. Furnishings
Division 13. Special Construction
Division 14. Conveying Systems
Division 15. Mechanical
Division 16. Electrical
Appendix A Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or Environmental Illness Author Testimonials on MCS
Appendix B: Page References to Brand Name Products and Services
Appendix C: Manufacturers, Service Providers, and Catalog Sources

The Authors
Paula Baker is an architect intimately familiar with the materials and methods of standard construction. As a baubiologist, she also knows where these practices are in conflict with human health and available alternatives. Erica Elliott is a physician trained in both family practice and environmental medicine. She has extensive clinical experience in the medical consequences of standard construction. John Banta has over a decade of experience in troubleshooting indoor environmental problems. His expertise covers many aspects of indoor air quality, including the detection and reduction of electromagnetic fields and the recognition and abatement of mold problems.

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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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
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

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

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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.
Indoor Air Quality and HVAC Systems

Indoor Air Quality and HVAC Systems

Indoor Air Quality and HVAC SystemsAuthor(s): David W. Bearg

Publisher: Lewis Publishers, Inc.

Hardcover: 240 pages

ISBN: 0873715748

ISBN-13: 978-0873715744

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Indoor Air Quality and HVAC Systems is a practical guide for understanding the relationship between the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of HVAC systems and achieving indoor air quality (IAQ). The book describes the individual components of HVAC systems and the role each plays in maintaining good indoor air quality. It also identifies the techniques available for evaluating the performance characteristics of ventilation systems (including the use of carbon dioxide monitors and sulfur hexafluoride tracer testing equipment).
Other topics discussed include the determination of pathways of air movement through buildings and understanding pressure relationships, ventilation effectiveness, and efficiency. The book concludes with an overview of sources of air contaminants to be concerned about when performing an IAQ evaluation.
Indoor Air Quality and HVAC Systems provides critical information for industrial hygienists, HVAC contractors and engineers, and building owners and managers.

The Electric Connection: Its Effects on Mind and Body

The Electric Connection: Its Effects on Mind and Body

The Electric Connection: Its Effects on Mind and BodyAuthor(s): Michael Shallis

Publisher: New Amsterdam Books

Hardcover: 287 pages

ISBN: 0941533581

ISBN-13: 978-0941533584

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In this controversial, wide-ranging book, Michael Shallis explores the nature of a form of energy that is a feature of the life force itself. Electricity can be found in every animate and inanimate thing on earth. The electric fields surrounding rocks, trees, ourselves, are measurable and can be monitored. And there are clear correspondences between the character of such fields and our moods and our state of health. Natural electricity is generally a beneficent force, controlled as it is by magnetism. But the electricity that now pulses through the cables in our homes, offices, and factories, beneath our feet and above our heads, has been unleashed from magnetic bonds; even the electrical industries acknowledge that prolonged exposure to it is harmful. In our everyday lives it can make us ill; we can develop severe allergies to it. And in its purest, strongest form, in the computer world, it can influence our minds, alter our characters, and markedly affect our health—already physicians have recognized a painful and dangerous physical syndrome that attends intense and protracted work with a computer. And as computer applications proliferate, and still greater numbers of people deal with computers at work and have recourse to them at home, computer syndrome may well become endemic. And something even more threatening may happen: a change in consciousness and character that has already been observed may come to affect an important segment of humanity.

Indoor Air Quality: Solutions and Strategies

Indoor Air Quality: Solutions and Strategies

Indoor Air Quality: Solutions and StrategiesAuthor(s): Steve M. Hays, Ronald V. Gobbell, Nicholas R. Ganick

Publisher: McGraw Hill Text

Hardcover: 417 pages

ISBN: 0070273731

ISBN-13: 978-0070273733

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The field of indoor air quality concerns architects, engineers, industrial hygienists and building operators. Bringing together all these disciplines, this expert guide offers vital information and practical guidance to assess and control indoor contaminants in all types of buildings. Featuring the latest investigative procedures, measurement and monitoring techniques and assessment protocols, this book demonstrates how to: conduct thorough occupant interviews, collect and analyze samples, diagnose and solve problems related to air movement and HVAC-systems, minimize pollution from VOC-emitting building materials and equipment, control contamination introduced by maintenance and construction activities and implement a building commissioning plan to minimize problems in new construction. Indoor Air Quality provides tested and proven solutions and strategies you need to design, operate and maintain buildings with good air quality.

Booknews, Inc. , 08/01/95:
An architect, an industrial engineer, and a mechanical engineer offer an overview of what’s known about managing indoor air quality for professionals in the building industry. They provide a foundation for analysis and control, show relationships among the various disciplines concerned with indoor air quality, and discuss practical applications of the disciplines. Includes five appendices and a 12-page glossary.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
The IAQ Problem
Diagnosis and Remediation of IAQ Problems
The Interdisciplinary Approach
Chapter 2. Industrial Hygiene and Its Application to IAQ
Industrial Hygiene Methodology
Indoor Air Quality and Industrial Hygiene
The Application of Industrial Hygiene Methodology to IAQ
Sampling, Analysis, and Interpretation
Chapter 3. Mechanical Engineering and IAQ
Classifications of HVAC Systems
IAQ Issues for HVAC
Existing Buildings: Investigation and Corrective Strategies
New Construction
HVAC System Maintenance
Chapter 4. Architecture, Construction, and Operations
Building Materials
Other Sources of Building Contamination
Building Functional and Occupant Loads
Other Factors That Influence IAQ Perception
Existing Buildings: Investigation and Corrective Strategies
New Construction
Chapter 5. Conclusion
IAQ Management
Status of IAQ
IAQ in Other Facilities
Appendix A. Core Checklist
Appendix B. Occupant Health and Comfort Questionnaire
Appendix C. HVAC IAQ Investigation Checklist
Appendix D. Architecture, Construction, and Operations Checklist
Appendix E. Resources
Symbols and Abbreviations

Healing Environments: Your Guide to Indoor Well Being

Healing Environments: Your Guide to Indoor Well Being

Healing Environments: Your Guide to Indoor Well BeingAuthor(s): Carol Venolia, Debra Lynn Dadd

Publisher: Celestial Arts

Paperback: 240 pages

ISBN: 0890874972

ISBN-13: 978-0890874974

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From The WomanSource Catalog & Review:

Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by SH, 02/01/97:
The physical environments we live, work and play in have a direct, but often unrecognized, effect on the harmony of our lives. Becoming aware of our interactions with these spaces and making changes to improve them can help create balance and emotional well-being. Healing Environments provides ways in which to reconfigure our lifestyles and surroundings that will enhance our lives and spiritual beings. For instance, adding accents of silver, the color of the moon, can aid creativity, soothe emotions and soften the ambience in our surroundings. An architect by profession, Carol Venolia guides us beyond the structural dimensions and into the sensorial realms of the spaces we inhabit. This book is presented as a way to get to know ourselves and evaluate our environments, as well as to teach us how the components of color, sound, temperature, light, arrangement and texture can be cultivated to create a healthier and more fufilling existence.

Excerpted from Healing Environments by Carol Venolia (as appears in The WomanSource Catalog & Review). Copyright(c) 1988. Reprinted by permission, all rights reserved:
A friend of mine found another way to change his environment via his perceptions. His heart was in the Sierras, but his work was in San Francisco. He made his peace with the city by knowing the origins of its parts: the granite veneer on his high-rise office building was quarried in the mountains; his drinking water came from the snowfall of the Sierra Nevada; his Victorian row-house was built from the redwood forests; the sun that shone on him also irritating, but necessary requirements for home-dwellers.