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December 19, 2018
Last week Greta Thunberg stood in front of 190 countries represented at the United Nations COP24 conference in Poland and spoke clearly with a sense of urgency about what irresponsible adults aren’t doing to protect people and the environment. She rightly points out how immature adults are leaving the burden of fixing the problem to their children.  Her speech below is an inspiration and shows how even children can read the indisputable...
November 27, 2018
All fires burning through homes and buildings leave behind toxic ash. Once the flames are extinguished, the immediate danger of the fire is replaced by the potential release of the remaining toxic ash and debris, caused by wind and cleanup procedures.  Smokey filled sky from Wolsely fire The week before last, I was standing on the Ventura CA pier horrified with the amount of smoke quickly filling the sky from the Wolseley fire that...
November 16, 2018
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month including asbestos education, so this is a good time to raise awareness about preventing unnecessary exposure to asbestos that can cause lung cancer as well as contribute to other possible health concerns. As I continue to globe trot, I deal with asbestos in many situations. Internationally, asbestos is found in over 2,000 uses and remains in service making up the content in many building components...
October 31, 2018
Every week there are unusual, destructive weather events throughout the world. These are becoming stronger and more frequent bringing with them record breaking winds and downpours that cause catastrophic flooding and devastating building damage. Buildings and homes are now more susceptible to damage from these powerful storms. The response is to require stronger weatherproofing and tougher building defense, which will protect against these...
October 24, 2018
I’ve spent most of my adult life traveling and working to protect people from the exposure of solid hazardous materials such as Lead-Based Paint, Asbestos, PCBs, etc. by teaching them how to take simple steps to prevent that toxic exposure. I’m horrified as to how much lead-based paint is still manufactured and used throughout the world and happy to know and point to the fact that we here in the United States have an awareness and...
October 10, 2018
Short of moving your building or raising it up above flooding, the best approach to take to reduce storm, flooding and natural disaster losses is to simply use a proven coating to wind and waterproofthe surfaces in the path of destruction. In my last blog, I mentioned where FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) recommended waterproofing the ground floor of buildings that are in the path of natural disasters. This is taking defensive...
October 2, 2018
Two buildings standing side by side on the seashore, then a recent mega storm hits. One building has the roof shredded and takes on significant damage as driving winds cause severe water penetration through both the roof and walls, while the second building, with roof and walls completely sealed, holds up and sustains no damage.  The biggest difference is the second building was completely sealed with a protective coating that is...
September 18, 2018
https://www.newsday.com/long-island/politics/spin-cycle/ny-court-gives-9... We recently passed the anniversary of 9-11-2001 tragedy of the attack on the Twin Towers in New York. I wanted to remind everyone that the effects of that fateful day are still being felt and especially by some of the heroes that were affected by the initial exposure and then the secondary exposure that took place during the cleanup. Some of those exposed were...
September 6, 2018
I’m heartened as I globe trot meeting with more and more people that are becoming aware of the harmful effects human activity on the environment and how people can change their behavior to protect the planet instead of continuing to damage it. I recently flew out of Jakarta, Indonesia where I had several important high-level meetings with some of the larger building contractors in the city. Our discussions kept drifting back to the current...
August 21, 2018
I discussed in a recent blog the importance of keeping the aesthetics of a historic building intact. Making sure that the look and overall presentation on a structure is preserved is very significant. This is especially true with landmark properties that have prominent and distinct features. Preservation can become very difficult when it entails obsolete building materials that contain hazardous materials that are typically removed and...