28 Mar '12, 12pm

Verdantix offers a blueprint for green office buildings

Verdantix offers a blueprint for green office buildings

Echoing an earlier posting, the author missed several key points, but it's understandable because it happens all the time. In the context of this article "green" is really used to mean energy efficient for the most part, but that is only one part of the whole story, and the part that is missing is critical. No building is "green" unless it addresses the toxicity of the materials used in the building, both for their impacts on the workers who are exposed during construction, and for the potential long-term exposure to the people who work in the building. Chemicals are found, often in large percentages, in paints, varnishes, carpeting, electronics, furniture, insulating foam, and many others. These materials are frequently laden with chemicals with effects such as endocrine disruption, cancer risks, respiratory risks, and other undesirable endpoints. The most frequently hear...

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