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March 25, 2020
I think we all agree that it’s so important to minimize the spread of germs. That is one of the most significant and preventative measures we can take. This entails being able to take contaminated surfaces and repeatedly scrub them down to clean and sanitize them. This needs to be accomplished without having those surfaces breakdown and need repair, or worse, need replacement. What we learn from experience is to protect ourselves from...
March 19, 2020
Do You Know Why the Right Protective Green Coating Resembles our Largest Organ? The right protective coating can protect all parts of a building just like the skin protects all parts of a body. Both are the first line of defense and without them both our bodies and buildings would be naked eventually causing a complete breakdown. Our largest organ, the skin on the outside of our bodies protects our muscles, organs, bones and brain from...
March 12, 2020
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gases emitted from certain solids and liquids. These are emitted even by typical household products, such as paint/coatings, paint strippers, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleansers and disinfectants, insect repellents, air fresheners, stored fuels. These are also released by automotive products, hobby supplies and even dry-cleaned clothing. VOC is emitted from several items we use regularly, so...
February 19, 2020
The true cost of a paint or coating is not just the price per gallon/liter. There are direct and indirect costs to consider. Direct cost is the price per gallon/liter. Indirect cost includes how much labor it takes to apply per square feet/meters and how much time each complete application will last. Time is the largest factor to take into account. How much time does it take to get the job done? And by done, that means properly applying...
February 3, 2020
As I travel and work internationally, I encounter different aspects and opinions on asbestos. It has a long background of use in all types of situations and still widely used in building materials. To date, it is still mined and incorporated into many products in several countries. It is controversial at best. My goal is always to try and enlighten and not frighten about some of its uses and misconceptions. The fact is that as much as it is...
January 3, 2020
As I’ve studied the issues of what building components are the main culprits of polluting our environment of both soil and water along with generating the most waste, I’ve found that roofing can be a leading offender. This also includes air pollution if the roofing contains asbestos. Asbestos is a large content of many roofs and wall surfaces worldwide and its microscopic fibers are continually released into the environment as it breaks...
December 12, 2019
As I travel internationally and educate many on how to simply deal with solid hazardous materials and safely contain them with green coatings I’m always amazed how differently countries look at situations with building products and how to handle them. Even though we have the internet with vast amounts information rapidly available it seems that it either doesn’t get accessed or payed attention to. It’s stunning how one country can have such...
November 29, 2019
Asbestos – The three options when addressing asbestos in building materials are: first, full blown removal; second, do nothing and leave it alone; and the third, in-place management. I’ve been involved with the asbestos industry for over 40 years. Started out being trained and certified as an Asbestos Supervisor, followed with being certified as a project designer for Asbestos and other hazardous materials. Later, I used all my experience...
November 19, 2019
Strong wind events, such as Nor'easter (sometimes also known as bomb cyclones), hurricanes, Santa Ana’s, typhoons and tornados, can all cause large scale damage in both the short and long term. Even the smallest holes can allow looming destruction to slip in and create devastation to surfaces they would otherwise be protecting. The best way to defend surfaces against damaging wind uplift is to make sure there are no gaps, holes, openings...
November 6, 2019
Make no mistake the ash that has been left behind from fires that burn through buildings and homes leave behind a toxic cocktail that can become airborne and travel great distances to harm anyone that comes into contact and breathes in the offending material. Don’t let others tell you this isn’t harmful. It’s not as if we don’t have any documented events of being told that similar conditions were safe when we now know better. The largest...