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How Building Materials Can Aggravate Asthma

How Building Materials Can Aggravate Asthma

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, people spend 90% of their time indoors, where air pollution levels can be 2 to 5 times more polluted, and in some cases 100 times more polluted, than outdoor air. Most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs by breathing the air indoors. These pollutants can trigger allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems in many people and they come from activities, products, and materials we use every day. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a significant…

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Air Quality: Can it Impact Your Child’s Ability to Learn?

Air Quality: Can it Impact Your Child’s Ability to Learn?

Smog: a combination of the words smoke and fog. While fog is mostly moisture, smog typically refers to dense air pollution caused by motor vehicle exhaust fumes. Smog is compounded in areas with higher populations where individuals drive cars on long commutes to and from work everyday. The ride may include passing by factories and industrial plants with smoke stacks pumping out thick clouds of smoke. This kind of pollution can saturate the atmosphere with all sorts of toxic dangers…

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What is Space Certification?

What is Space Certification?

Since its inception in March 1983, The Space Foundation has been doing exactly what it set out to do: “foster, develop and promote a greater understanding and awareness of the practical and theoretical utilization of space for the benefit of civilization and the fostering of a peaceful and prosperous world.”[1] It is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, major industry events, and research. The Space Certification program…

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Does Your Home or Office Have “Sick Building Syndrome”?

Does Your Home or Office Have “Sick Building Syndrome”?

If you’ve ever walked into a building and quickly found yourself experiencing a headache, or watery eyes, a runny nose or even an asthma attack, you might have just walked into a building that, according to the EPA, is actually…sick. The EPA Fact Sheet on “Sick Building Syndrome” (SBS) states the term is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but when…

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