Green Buildings And Mold

Green Buildings And Mold

Air Cleaning Plants

air cleaning plantsAir cleaning plants to purify indoor air

Air cleaning plants are not only pleasant in homes and buildings, they are also helpful in cleaning indoor air of carbon dioxide and various air pollutants.

One of the earlier pioneers in using plants to remove chemicals from the air is Dr. Wolverton. While working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Dr. Wolverton, conducted many experiments involving the use of indoor plants to help remove

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Green Building Construction And Mold – Part 1

green building construction and moldThe point we are trying to make with this picture is that the meaning of green can sometimes be confusing or even misleading. Obviously green ferns growing out of a cracked chimney spells trouble. Don’t be fooled by advertising.  Many products on the market today use the word “green” in their labels without possessing any attributes related to green building construction. A second point we want to make is that not all green products are created equal because some products are better or “greener” than others. Finally, there are “green” materials that could be disastrous if used in the wrong place, as far as mold growth is concerned.

In this 4-part series on green building construction, we will explore the intrinsic properties of green products and how various components in a building can affect each other.

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Green Building Construction And Mold – Part 2

green building construction and moldBuilders involved in green building construction tend to believe that using mold-resistant materials will ensure that their building will be free from mold.   Not necessarily! In this segment, we will evaluate materials sold as “mold resistant” used by builders specializing in green building construction.  Many  builders and homeowners with green building objectives tend to equate the mold-resistant material an an insurance against mold.  Let us share with you the results of a casual outing to an outdoor green building festival.

We stopped at two separate booths that advertised bio-based insulation and listened to the company’s representatives.  Along with documentation, we took home two samples of soy-based insulation that according to the manufacturers were “green” and “mold-resistant.” 

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Green Building Construction And Mold – Part 3

green building construction and moldThis segment is a continuation of “Green Building Construction And Mold – Part 2,” where we found that two soya-based types of insulation were mold-resistant.  As you remember, we also found that sample A insulation was compact, while sample B was spongy.

We live in Florida where every year we brace for hurricanes.  We have investigated countless homes that suffered hurricane damage. To evaluate which of the two soya-based insulation are best, let us suggest a hurricane scenario where the roof has been compromised by a couple of shingles being blown away, and water gets into the wall cavity of a room.

Let us imagine two wall assemblies built using green building construction materials. 

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Green Building Construction And Mold – Part 4

green building construction and mold Green building construction calls for more organic and biodegradable materials than traditional homes. For this reason, builders must be vigilant because adding more organic materials, which is mold food, will increase the incidence of mold.

Because of a lack of knowledge, or because things do not always behave in the real world as they do in a laboratory, mistakes will be made. We live in an imperfect world and many variables come into play in the building construction. Experts in various fields must share their knowledge so that adjustments and compromises are made to optimize green buildings without creating problems.

In our previous segments on green building construction, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3,

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