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November 17, 2021
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 25, 2021
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...
July 2, 2021
With summer comes the hottest weather around the planet and this hot weather is increasing worldwide. In the USA alone more than a 150 million people were under extreme heat threat a-crossed 30 States. Last month’s statistics are now in and it is documented to be the hottest month on the planet ever put on record. The scientific community agrees and is continuing to warn that accelerated global warming contributing to the increased...
May 11, 2021
I’m fortunate to have a job that takes me all over the world. This time, I went to India for a huge project with the international pharmaceutical company, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline). Travelling through spectacular India allowed me to experience so many incredible sights and sensations, including the volatile weather. It often comes with oppressive heat and torrential downpours. Both of these can have a strong impact on people’s lives and...
April 20, 2021
The first time I heard about Earth Day was when I was in the eighth grade and my well admired and clever science teacher opened up a discussion on the cons of earth day stating it was some sort of liberal nonsense and a hoax. This agitated most of the class. He further stirred the pot by claiming that it didn’t matter how much pollution we caused, that the planet could take care of itself. He went on to say that the oceans were so vast and...
November 16, 2020
Restoration of surfaces and material is value engineering at its best especially when incorporated with best in class green products and system designs. It is the optimum solution to take the old and combine it with improved materials making for a better than new - restored surface. Better than new can take old worn out surfaces, obsolete building materials and restore them to being superior compared to when they were originally...
September 1, 2020
As weather becomes extremely unpredictable around the world, there is an urgent need to strengthen those places that protect us and our contents from harsh, rapidly changing climates. Our buildings are not just places to work from or live in. They are places that we shelter in when we want to stay safe and hide from the intense sun, strong winds and heavy rains. If they are in good condition and shielded, the weather will not easily...
July 30, 2020
Asbestos and lead-based paint – you know them well. They lurk in older schools, housing complexes, military installations and other buildings, waiting silently to inflict disease and sometimes death on their occupants. Today, asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are found in over 700,000 buildings in the United States, and loose, flaking, or peeling lead-based paint (LBP) is present in more than 72 million United States homes, schools, and...
July 2, 2020
Do you know about heat island effect? This occurs in urban areas and contributes to increasing warming of the environment and planet. Traveling internationally, I’ve been spending much of my time in countries with hotter climates, which these days is increasing due to undeniable global warming and heating climate change. Days with higher temperatures are increasing in frequency and duration. This has led me to expanded my efforts in...
May 12, 2020
Every year damaging winds accompany hurricanes, typhoons and other strong wind events that leave a trail of destruction. Building and home owners are left with devastating huge building repairs and replacement costs. Some of these buildings can be salvaged and made stronger, defending against the next storm. Others are a complete write-off. It’s not unusual in all the destruction to see a building or house left standing with its roof and...
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