Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Building Projects
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Although there are potentially toxic substances all around us in nature, it is the ones we can control--human-made toxic chemicals as well as molds and other toxins that can breed in poorly designed buildings--that are the particular focus of the sustainable design community. But the variety of perspectives on health hazards among industry associations, watchdog groups, and regulatory agencies causes great confusion, and the data on which substances warrant greatest concern and how best to address these concerns is changing rapidly. Toxicity is one of the trickiest design issues to take on in your practice. This course divides the issue into easily digestible parts: Part One provides a category-by-category snapshot of what to watch for and where; Parts Two and Three present a deeper look at a broad range of issues relating to toxicity in building materials throughout their life cycle; and Part Four offers fourcase studies of a variety of projects.
-understand the common hazards associated with all types of building materials
-understand the risks of volatile organic compounds and persistent toxic substances
-recognize the shortcomings of available alternatives
-make decisions about toxic substances
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