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July 2, 2020
Do you know about heat island effect? This occurs in urban areas and contributes to increasing warming of the environment and planet. Traveling internationally, I’ve been spending much of my time in countries with hotter climates, which these days is increasing due to undeniable global warming and heating climate change. Days with higher temperatures are increasing in frequency and duration. This has led me to expanded my efforts in...
May 12, 2020
Every year damaging winds accompany hurricanes, typhoons and other strong wind events that leave a trail of destruction. Building and home owners are left with devastating huge building repairs and replacement costs. Some of these buildings can be salvaged and made stronger, defending against the next storm. Others are a complete write-off. It’s not unusual in all the destruction to see a building or house left standing with its roof and...
April 22, 2020
The first time I heard about Earth Day was when I was in the eighth grade and my well admired and clever science teacher opened up a discussion on the cons of earth day stating it was some sort of liberal nonsense and a hoax. This agitated most of the class. He further stirred the pot by claiming that it didn’t matter how much pollution we caused, that the planet could take care of itself. He went on to say that the oceans were so vast and...
April 14, 2020
Sustainable architecture is all about making sure that the buildings we get to live and work in do not have a negative impact on the environment. It’s also about making sure that the process of putting up the buildings and maintaining them does not deplete resources for future generations. When protective green coatings are used on buildings that meet sustainable standards, it’s a win-win for all. Here’s how green coatings help achieve...
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...