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Mold Within City Buildings: A Common & Growing Issue

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2017 7:48:22 AM / by Morris Yarjovski, CCPM, CCI

Part one of a three part series

If one was to do a random inspection for mold in a large city, like New York City, the likelihood of encountering it would be relatively high.

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Handle with Care: Asbestos Contamination and Clean-Up

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Robert Pfeifer, AIA

 

Your insureds are scared of asbestos in their building!  Who can blame them.  Asbestos in homes and businesses should be no surprise to construction professionals.

 

Warnings regarding the dangerous nature of asbestos have been around since the 1960s.

As all construction professionals know, asbestos exposure is something that always needs to be taken seriously. According to OSHA, "there is no 'safe' level of asbestos exposure for any type of asbestos fiber. Asbestos exposures as short in duration as a few days have caused mesothelioma in humans. Every occupational or incidental exposure to asbestos can cause injury or disease and contributes to the risk of getting an asbestos related disease."

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College students study sustainable architecture overseas

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 12, 2015 11:48:42 AM / by Clark Griffith, AIA

In the current landscape, sustainability and green architecture and building are key. Just as important is learning from others across the globe who are facing similar challenges to those we have in the United States. 

Reported by The Argonaut, University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture students went overseas to study sustainable architecture in Scotland, Glasgow, Wales and London, learning about how to integrate sustainable living practices with architectural design.

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Ice Arenas: Indoor Air Quality

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2015 9:10:33 AM / by Martin Barry, PhD, PE, CIH, CSP

In December 2014, 81 spectators and players suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning after attending a minor league hockey game between the Dells Ducks and the Ice Hawks. They were hospitalized and treated for a range of symptoms including dizziness, nausea, headaches, vomiting and fainting. The cause? Local fire department officials linked the leak to the rink’s ice resurfacing machine.

 

The importance of proper ventilation

The situation in Wisconsin is not the first time that ice resurfacing vehicles were to blame for  illnesses. In 2011, a number of New Hampshire hockey players at an indoor hockey rink were showing signs of acute respiratory symptoms. These included cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain and tightness – all symptoms that are consistent with exposure to nitrogen dioxide gas (NO2). Of the 43 people exposed, 31 had symptoms consistent with NO2 exposure.

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Algae-Harvesting Technology Turns Frack California Water Into Irrigation Water

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 7, 2015 7:05:44 AM / by Mark McGivern, CSI, Aff. M. ASCE

On July 22nd, Engineering News-Record reported that OriginClear Inc. "has repurposed its machines to tackle flow-back water from the oil-and-gas industry." 

"The technology uses a filtration system called electro water separation (EWS), which employs electrochemistry to separate the flow-back water from the oil and chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. In the same way, EWS can treat produced water from conventional oil and gas wells"

Read more about the technology and its possible uses here: http://enr.construction.com/technology/construction_technology/2015/0722-algae-harvesting-technology-turns-frac-californian-water-into-irrigation-water.asp

 

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When do you need a facility condition assessment?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2015 10:30:00 AM / by Robert Pfeifer, AIA

Facility condition assessments provide invaluable data for making critical decisions about property and infrastructure.

Simply put, a facility condition assessment evaluates the status of buildings and infrastructure to determine whether they are doing what they need to do and how much longer they can do it. Facility condition assessments can also determine whether repairs, maintenance or improvements are necessary and how much it will cost to complete them. Property condition assessments are similar but are focused on the commercial real estate market. Facility condition assessments are more comprehensive and wide reaching in scope and content.   

So, when do you need a facility condition assessment?

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