Just Encase They Think You’re Stupid is a fictional easy read on the real time hot environmental topic of green coatings solutions. It answers how and why potentially hazardous materials such as Asbestos, Lead Based Painted surfaces and other questionable building stock can benefit from the use of high performance, low VOC green coatings. The credible characters in this book explain the historic and present uses of the hazardous materials and discuss the complications associated with their removal. Common misconceptions are corrected revealing a simple method that can safely and cost effectively manage them in-place. Studies show that 42% of the CO2 emissions causing green house gases are coming from landfills filled with unwanted waste, much of it from roof tear offs. Simply said, green coatings can be used to recycle and renovate existing buildings and roofs, extending their life cycle and avoiding expensive demolition, tear offs, transportation and disposal.
REVIEWS FOR THIS BOOK
George, the book is great and I’ve finished it. It raises more questions about how much lead poisoning is happening country by country. By the way, I can’t stress how good the book was. Being straight up, I wasn’t enthused about reading it, but it’s a great read.
This book, Just Encase They Think You’re Stupid, is really worth reading. The author managed to be informative, stating important facts about asbestos and lead- based paint, while being amusing.
You won’t be able to just put the book down because the contrasting personalities of the characters is very interesting. Different individuals with different views in life are brought together by the great mind of Chief to educate people and lay out solutions for the hazards that those chemicals and minerals cause.
When I look at roofs, paints, and buildings now, I feel the need to educate people as well because so much trouble can be avoided if we’re just well-informed, and saves us a lot of money too.
As the book implies, we are our children’s future. We need to start now with our homes then our local community. As others say, “one step at a time,” and we can all minimize these serious threats and preserve our environment for the future generations. I hope the encasement method, that the book discusses, will be taken seriously and used.
Still being schooled!!
As a Federal Government contractor who has been in the architectural coatings business for over 25 years I thought I had seen and known it all. “Just Encase They Think You’re Stupid” is an extremely entertaining and tremendously insightful read. I learned more in the time it took me to read this book about lead and asbestos abatement vs. encapsulation than I have learned in the past 10 years. Great job and thanks for the laughs along the way.
I don’t think many people understand the dangers of many of the substance we deal with in our daily life. Most of us have grown up with these items lying around that we have never questioned it or though about the risk these substance pose to our daily life. This is especially true for lead based paints and asbestos.
“Just Encase They Think You’re Stupid” was an eye opener, it gave me a new perspective into what the dangers are that is around us, that many a times goes unnoticed or we take for granted. It also gave me a better perspective of how these can be contained or abated to ensure the safety of our community and family.
George outlined the dangers and also benefits of abatement so simply in this book that it is a must read for anyone who want to understand what they are up against and what the best way is to ensure a safe environment for our future generation.
Excellent book – most interesting and a pleasure to read. Some useful general concepts on how to approach an issue – and we have a few.
This book is a history of the asbestos and lead abatement industry. George Keefe accurately describes the players involved and presents them in an entertaining way. He should know, he was there. The industry had and still has many contractors and consultants who have little or no ethical standards. He also points out that misinformation and scare tactics are used to promote work that is unnecessarily expensive and the lesser expensive options are not given to the clients. My company was fortunate to have George as an employee and now as a supplier of green products. He has always had the highest ethical standards.This book will assist the reader to be able to ask the right questions for practical solutions to abatement needs.
JUST ENCASE…… is one of the most informative and educational books I have read. It is certainly one of the few that I have read a second time. I feel that the double meaning of “Encase” is a clever one. The author has done a good deal of research and skilfully combined his findings with his own experience. Rather than frightens, the book enlightens one to the dangers and advantages of the use of Asbestos. It echoes the message in Silent Spring.. I met the author and was impressed with his style of humour which he incorporates well into the body of the novel.
It would be folly to ignore the message that the author of “Just Encase They Think You’re Stupid” presents in clear and easy to read style.
I Read the book and refer to it at times it is very informative and well written I should advertise it more and I will.
Very informative book! I’m not an expert on green products but this book really made me to think /realize how important that green products are to SAVE the world including humans of course. It is easy to read for everyone. I would like to thank to the Author, Mr. Keefe for publishing such an educational book for us - sharing all the informative information and what is going on in reality within society.
“Tick Tock” depicts time, energy and money wasted on trying to solve a problem that is virtually unsolvable. There is not enough money in the world to remove all the Asbestos and lead-based paint from every building. The author has an interesting way to introduce a discussion on the control or management of hazardous materials such as Asbestos and lead-based paint. The opening chapter begins with the stage set in an intense atmosphere only to level with a gathering of minds to discuss all the options concerning the prevention of spreading contaminants in our environment. The book emphasizes the need to step back and look at the safest method to avoid full removal of hazardous materials which can create problems such as, transportation, disposal, storage and replacement of building materials. Better to safely manage these hazardous materials in-place than exacerbate an already liable problem. It was a good read and I reread several sections if you can believe it. It is a great reference for any novice or professional who is looking for quick and concise comparative information. I teach EPA lead-based paint classes and as a Historic Preservation contractor for 20 years believe encasement is more economical and logical when it comes to preserving historical structures. Many studies have shown that preservation is more cost-effective in saving energy and the environment than new construction. There is a great truth in the philosophy of economist Donovan Rypkema, who specializes in the economic revitalization of city centers and the development of historic preservation, “The Greenest Building is the One still Standing”. I will suggest it to all my classes.