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Mold Shuts Down Apartment Complex in Santa Rosa
Mold Shuts Down Apartment Complex in Santa Rosa
2/27/2015 5:32:00 PM
Last month, The Press Democrat reported that city code enforcement officers from Santa Rosa, California ordered all residents of an apartment complex to vacate the property.  According to the article, this all occurred after high levels of mold were found in the air.  In addition to the mold problems, there were also reports of leaking roofs, plumbing and windows; unsafe …
EMSL Announces Mold, IAQ & Industrial Hygiene Sampling Workshop in South Carolina
EMSL Announces Mold, IAQ & Industrial Hygiene Sampling Workshop in South Carolina
2/25/2015 5:39:21 PM
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is hosting a Mold, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Industrial Hygiene (IH) Sampling Workshop on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Charleston Marriott located at 170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29403. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. for attendees. Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology …
Marijuana Smoke Residue Test Kit Helps Property Managers & Future Tenants Identify Contaminants
Marijuana Smoke Residue Test Kit Helps Property Managers & Future Tenants Identify Contaminants
2/24/2015 4:15:43 PM
Today, in twenty-three states and the District of Columbia there are laws that legalize marijuana in one form or another, often for medical purposes. Several states have even legalized the use of marijuana for recreational use. In addition, marijuana is one of the most commonly used illegal drugs in the nation.   According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “In …
New Jersey Fire Causes Widespread Destruction & Smoke Damage Concerns in Nearby Buildings
New Jersey Fire Causes Widespread Destruction & Smoke Damage Concerns in Nearby Buildings
2/23/2015 4:24:35 PM
Last month, CNN reported on a massive apartment fire that consumed 240 apartments and reportedly displaced 500 residents.  Another 520 residents in adjacent buildings were also impacted.  The fire, in a midrise building in Edgewater, took more than 200 firefighters to stop.   Reports indicate the fire caused millions of dollars in damages and was accidently started by …
MasterTop floors by BASF first to be granted the DGNB Navigator Label
2/23/2015 10:47:29 AM
Following their registration on the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) Navigator platform, BASF’s MasterTop products have now been granted the DGNB Navigator Label. This label allows the manufacturer to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability and gives customers the necessary guidance and transparency when selecting products. Only products that offer, for example, …
Is New Flooring or Carpets Creating Indoor Air Quality Problems in Your Home?
2/23/2015 10:30:25 AM
Recently, the Daily Mail published an article about a study conducted by the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research about the health of 450 new mothers and their babies.  The study also examined whether new furniture, PVC sheeting, flooring or carpets had been installed in the participants’ homes and air samples were collected to determine if volatile organic compounds …
Trichloroethylene Still a Contamination Concern across Puerto Rico
Trichloroethylene Still a Contamination Concern across Puerto Rico
2/23/2015 9:29:44 AM
Just last June, the U.S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA) released their Final Risk Assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE) to address potential human health risks associated with exposure to this volatile organic compound (VOC).  TCE has been used in Puerto Rico in the past and is now a concern at some of Puerto Rico’s Superfund sites, hazardous waste locations and other …
Tips for Preventing Ice Dams and Property Damage Offered by Nation’s Leading Public Adjusters
Tips for Preventing Ice Dams and Property Damage Offered by Nation’s Leading Public Adjusters
2/23/2015 8:01:05 AM
Many parts of the country have experienced record snowfall amounts and extreme cold temperatures this winter.  It is during this time of year that freezing temperatures can allow a ridge of ice to form on the edge of a roof.  This is known as an ice dam and when they occur they can allow water to back up behind it and leak into a home or building.  The end result is water …
Managing Mold & Moisture in the Work Environment
2/20/2015 11:08:30 AM
Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace for all of their employees. One area of concern for those who work in buildings that have high humidity levels or that have suffered water damage is the potential presence of mold. With moisture, mold can begin to grow on many building materials, furnishings and contents in less than 48 hours.   People that are exposed …
2015 Northeast IAQ & Energy Conference Announces Seminar Day Schedule
2015 Northeast IAQ & Energy Conference Announces Seminar Day Schedule
2/19/2015 8:38:48 AM
In just under two months from today, a day full of exceptional seminars will be offered at the 2015 Northeast IAQ & Energy Conference. On April 15th, the first day of the two day conference, Seminar Day takes place and includes a comprehensive program presented by some of the most recognized names in the industry.   Seminar Day includes the following four …
Mother Fearful that Mold in Apartment is making her Son Sick
Mother Fearful that Mold in Apartment is making her Son Sick
2/18/2015 5:44:27 PM
Last month, KBOI broadcasted a story about an Idaho woman and her concerns over the presence of mold in her apartment.  According to the report, a leak caused the growth of mold in her only bathroom and she claims that it was never properly remediated.  The woman’s young son has had a series of colds and respiratory issues that she feels is due to his exposure to mold in their …
Five Manhattan Libraries Receive $130K in Improvements
2/18/2015 9:17:11 AM
Five Manhattan branches of The New York Public Library are receiving upgrades to improve accessibility and comfort for neighborhood users.  The library branches span from the Financial District to northern Harlem. Macomb’s Bridge Library and George Bruce Library on the east and west boundaries of Harlem are in the process of receiving new resilient flooring to better …
Burst Pipe in Beverly Hills Causes Water Damage & Microbial Concerns
Burst Pipe in Beverly Hills Causes Water Damage & Microbial Concerns
2/17/2015 5:23:54 PM
Last month, the local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles broadcasted a report about a water main break on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. According to the article, water gushed onto nearby streets and some residents woke up to find no water in their faucets while several businesses experienced flooding.   Los Angeles is no stranger to water main breaks as pipes in some areas …
Puerto Rico’s Zimmetry Environmental Provides Tips on Managing Mold & Moisture Complaints at Work
Puerto Rico’s Zimmetry Environmental Provides Tips on Managing Mold & Moisture Complaints at Work
2/17/2015 10:25:43 AM
Providing a safe workplace for all employees is a major responsibility for all employers in both the public and private sectors. For workers in building that have high humidity levels or that have suffered water damage, one area of concern is the potential presence of elevated levels of mold.   Mold can begin to grow on many building materials and contents in less than 48 …
Unicel louvers with fire-rated glazing enhance patient safety and privacy in new Abu Dhabi Hospital
2/17/2015 6:00:00 AM
MONTREAL, Canada – February 17, 2015 – Unicel Architectural, manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced the completion of its Vision Control® louvered glazing project at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Hospital (CCAD) - a multi-specialty academic medical center located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Al Maryah Island. Approximately 250 …
Arizona’s Property Damage Experts explain how Public Adjusters help those in Need
Arizona’s Property Damage Experts explain how Public Adjusters help those in Need
2/16/2015 10:59:04 AM
Anyone who has ever had to file a claim for damage to their personal or business property knows the challenges and difficulties they may encounter.  In the chaos and turmoil that typically follows a fire, flood or other damaging event, the policyholder quickly realizes it is just ‘me’ going up against a multibillion dollar insurance provider with teams of legal …
Leading Denver Based Architectural Firm, Godden|Sudik Architects, Wins Two National Gold Awards for New Home Architectural Design
Leading Denver Based Architectural Firm, Godden|Sudik Architects, Wins Two National Gold Awards for New Home Architectural Design
2/16/2015 10:00:00 AM
Englewood, CO - Godden|Sudik Architects recently garnered two prestigious Gold Awards at this year’s “The Nationals” awards gala , which was held at the Palace Ballroom at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Put on each year during the International Builders Show, The Nationals is the home building industry’s largest international gathering of sales, marketing and design …
The road goes online: Bosch makes parking easier and more convenient
The road goes online: Bosch makes parking easier and more convenient
2/13/2015 8:34:44 AM
Today, looking for a place to park is often a time-consuming and frustrating process. In the future, Bosch sensors – installed on the road’s surface and in passing cars – will automatically identify and report available spaces. With the help of a real-time online parking map, drivers will be able to find an available parking space conveniently and without any hassle. The …
Pipeline Restoration Project Protects Native Plants and Animals, Weather or Not!
Pipeline Restoration Project Protects Native Plants and Animals, Weather or Not!
2/12/2015 6:31:20 PM
R-Value Foam has announced completion of a New Jersey pipeline project that included the restoration of sensitive wetland areas critical to protecting native plant and animal species. The company utilized its proprietary tracked equipment and process to install foam trench pads and breakers along the pipeline right-of-way with a hydro-seeded bonded fiber matrix to provide …
Canister Sampling Techniques for Indoor and Ambient Air Quality Testing Shown in New Video
2/12/2015 5:55:58 PM
Environmental professionals are often called upon to investigate commercial and residential properties when there are unpleasant odors or people are complaining of various health concerns.  During these situations, many may include a general volatile organic compound (VOC) scan as a part of their air sampling strategy.   VOCs are known to emanate from many building materials …