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Invasion of the Mold Spores

Health Risks Caused by the Fungus Among Us Mold spores are all around us, even when we do not see them. They stealthily creep into homes and businesses, spreading their destruction and creating health problems— especially for anyone already experiencing breathing problems or a compromised immune system. Two Things that Promote the Spread of Mold Mold spores need only two things to flourish— an organic material to feed on and moisture. Organic building materials like wood and sheetrock create the… Read More

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Metal Buildings Promote Better Air Quality

The Inside Story on Indoor Air Quality Building a safe, healthy structure means limiting indoor air pollutants. Constructing metal buildings helps generate the freshest inside air possible. Why Is Indoor Air Quality So Important? Most Americans now spend 90% of each day indoors. The very young, the very old, and those with respiratory ailments— who are most susceptible the effects of indoor pollution— probably stay indoors even more. The facts are frightening: Inside air may be two to five times more… Read More

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Planting a Tree for Earth Day 2017

Saving Our Planet One Tree at a Time As part of the celebration for Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, organizers are encouraging people to plant a tree as part of the Trees for Earth Campaign.  The Earth Day Network hopes to inspire environmentally-conscious people to plant 7.8 billion trees by the year 2020— one for every person in the world. So What’s the Big Deal about Trees? Trees are the single greatest asset available for battling air pollution on… Read More

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Building Green for Our Children’s Future

Environmentally Responsible Building Starts with Steel Building green is one way we can help insure a better future for generations to come. Selecting sustainable construction materials like steel offers the most environmentally responsible choice for our children— and our planet. Green commercial and industrial builders today overwhelming choose steel framing for all their one to two-story construction projects. In fact, steel dominates all low-rise construction. Steel frames 65% of all new commercial construction and 95% of all new industrial building… Read More

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Safer Day Care Centers with Steel Buildings

The Strongest, Healthiest Childcare Centers Start with Steel Safety is the number one reason to construct day care centers with steel buildings. The health and well-being of the children and the staff must always be the first priority. Poor Indoor Air Quality Maintaining a healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) cannot be overstressed in any structure, but particularly in a childcare center. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) considers indoor air quality more critical to overall health than air pollution. Why? Because… Read More

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After the Storm: Environmental Impacts of Hurricanes

Three Ways Hurricanes Harm Ecosystems While the immediate effects of major cyclones dominate new stories, the environmental impacts of hurricanes can last for decades. As the media focuses on the human loss of life and property, the ecological devastation of natural habitat tends to get lost in the headlines. Hurricanes wreak death and property destruction on both people and wildlife. Man and animals can both suffer the ability to feed and house themselves and their families. Hurricanes inflict environmental damage… Read More

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A Healthier Vet Hospital Starts with Steel

Building Healthy Surroundings for Animal Patients Pre-engineered steel buildings create an atmosphere for improved health and healing in many ways for a vet hospital— as well as other medical or commercial structures. The same health benefits metal buildings afford people also benefit animals recuperating in veterinary hospitals. Indoor Air Quality Indoor air quality (IAQ) is of paramount concern. According to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. Yet an Environmental Protection Agency… Read More

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Maximizing Air Quality in an Elder Cottage

The Inside Story on Building Healthy Homes for Seniors Building a safe, healthy elder cottage for an aging senior includes restricting indoor air pollutants. In fact, any new construction project should strive to create the cleanest inside air possible. The average adult breathes in about 3,000 gallons of air every day. The more polluted the air— and the longer the exposure— the greater the risk of health consequences. Studies show Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. Elderly people—… Read More

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WOOD versus STEEL Buildings- Part 3

Which is Greener— Wood or Steel Buildings? When considering wood versus steel buildings, it is important not to overlook the environmental implications of the two systems. Which substance leaves a smaller environmental footprint? ENVIRONMENT WOOD framing proponents crow that wood is more sustainable than steel. Wipe out a forest harvesting trees for virgin lumber? No problem! Simply replant more trees, right? However, even the fastest growing softwood tree species need 30-40 years to mature. Stronger hardwood trees take even longer… Read More

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Building Green Healthcare Facilities

Choosing Eco-Friendly Materials for Medical Buildings There are two compelling reasons to build green healthcare facilities: saving our planet and saving money. Choosing sustainable, recycled structural materials for any new construction project conserves resources and promotes cleaner air quality. Building green is the responsible choice. Altruistic conservation ideals aside, building green healthcare facilities is also the practical choice. Green buildings last longer, consume less energy, and cost less to operate. Saving RESOURCES by Building Green with Steel The U.S. Green Building… Read More

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