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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...
October 30, 2019
Wildfires cause such immediate damage destroying property and lives we sometimes overlook the fact that the destruction continues long after the fire is out. The ash and debris that lingers long after the fires have passed can be extremely toxic containing hazardous materials that can cause irreversible health damage from drifting airborne contaminants also known as particulate pollution. With wildfires raging out of control across the US...
October 22, 2019
Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan two weeks ago. It left some people homeless, others missing and destroyed homes. 5589 miles away in North Dakota, heavy snow and strong winds are affecting people and their properties. Will weatherproofing our homes and buildings make sure we’re safe despite the weather? Strengthening the First Line of Defense Protecting people inside a building is best done first by shielding the building’s exterior. The...
October 17, 2019
“No One is too small to make a difference.” This is the personal motto of the teen activist Greta Thunberg who is outspoken in demanding immediate action taking climate change seriously. Her message brings to mind the expression “out of the mouths of babes. I’ll add that no one, young or old should be allowed to unnecessarily damage our planet. Greta has become a figurehead for the growing worldwide movement to bring awareness to the...
September 24, 2019
One of the people I have great respect for is Mavis Nye, the founder of Mavis Nye Foundation. She does wonderful work with her foundation and speaking engagements. With boundless energy, she has a strong commitment to educate others on the dangers of asbestos exposure. She is also a tireless advocate for Mesothelioma patients and works with associated support groups. Mavis recently asked me, “Would GLOBAL Encasement, Inc.’s green coatings be...