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Book review: Building Materials: Product Emission and Combustion Health Hazards, by Kathleen Hess-Kosa, available from CRC Press at the end of February 2017. ISBN 9781498714938

Major topic areas include: Polymers in Construction. Molded and Extruded Plastics. Foam. Rubber. Plasticizers. Plastic Stabilizers, Pigments, and Fire Retardants.

Functional Building Materials. Rough-in and Dry-in Construction Components. Interior Construction Components. Finish-out Construction Components. Surface Applications, Glues, and Mortar. Natural Materials. Engineered Composite Materials. Recycled Materials.

Product Emissions and Green Buildings. Product Emission Testing. Green Building Requirements. Glossary. Appendices. [Contents excerpted from publisher's website -Ed.]



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A New Guide to Building Material Emissions & Combustion Product Health Hazards

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In “The Graduate” McGuire says to Benjamin “I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics.

In the U.S. more than 85,000 industrial chemicals are assumed to be safe until proven dangerous - the opposite of E.U. policy, and a policy good for short term corporate health though bad for long term public health.

Few of these chemicals have been studied by independent experts. The U.S. EPA has banned the use of just 5 of these 85,000 chemicals. Companies and consumers wanting to know if the products they use are safe are on their own.

Hess-Kosa’s book provides a critical map to that wilderness, a searchlight of clear, expert information that guides the reader through natural and synthetic building materials, their uses, properties, emissions, and risks.

Consumers have recently worried about emissions from some building materials that include formaldehyde, off gassing Chinese drywall, laminate flooring, and vinyl window odors.

Not all smells are dangerous, and not all dangerous materials smell. Some building products look good, but fail early, or allow leaks exposing building occupants mold or sewage contamination. Others offer up, as Hess-Kosa notes, a brew of organic toxins, silent killers, toxic metals, or more subtle hazards.

For a sensitive organism such as a developing embryo, exposure to even a single molecule of a hormone-mimicking chemical can cause severe birth defects - androgynous ducks may be the least of it.

Toxins in plastics themselves or other toxins absorbed and concentrated by them are directly linked to cancers, birth defects, immune system defects, childhood development issues, hormone disruption: real and serious effects that point to a mismatch between the benefits of plastic products and human health.

Harmful in buildings and later in the landfill or dumped into the ocean, some apparently-innocent plastics and other materials are so persistent in the environment that they enter the food chain, passing up from tiny creatures into the food that we eat.

This book is heir to Rachel Carlson (Silent Spring) and Theo Colborn (Our Stolen Future) but with a new turn: from building foundation to chimney top the author describes hundreds of classes and specific building materials, explaining their potential hazards.

Everyone who builds, renovates, enters, works in or lives in buildings, as well as anyone who studies the safety of the building environment will find this work invaluable.

- Daniel Friedman, editor, InspectApedia.com

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20% discount on Building Material Hazads Book by Hess-Kosa at CRC PressThe author of the book I review here, Kathleen Hess-Kosa, has worked as certified industrial hygienist since 1983, and is the CEO of of Omega Environmental Consulting, Inc., a Texas environmental consulting firm. She is an admired personal acquaintance whom I met through our joint service on the Indoor Environment Committee of AIHA, the American Industrial Hygiene Association. We share a common interest in approaches to the testing, diagnosis, and remedy of indoor environment or indoor air quality problems that place a high value on the combination of sound science, good practices, common sense, and high ethical standards.

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The author of this review, Daniel Friedman, currently editor of InspectApedia.com, has worked as computer design engineer, builder, building inspector, and environmental inspection and test consultant in several countries. He researches and writes on the indoor environment, building failures and construction methods.

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