Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month. The excerpt below was originally published in the January 2011 newsletter.
In efforts to green your home or your clients’ homes, you will inevitably ponder some tough questions. Fortunately, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) maintains a great website called, “Green Home Guide.” A little known section on their site called “Ask a Pro” is a wealth of information.
The questions submitted by the public are on topics ranging from indoor air quality to solar panel installation. You’ll find a surprising number of the questions relate to indoor air quality and building science.
Here are some select questions that are answered on the site:
- How can I clean up my air quality in the 1975 home I just bought? The old owner was a smoker.
- We’re expecting twins soon. How can we refinish our floors now with the least harm to air quality?
- Does priming and painting OSB help prevent offgassing?
- I am having my breakfast room remodeled. I know that premixed joint compound is toxic, but is dry mix mixed onsite OK?
- Does insulation containing formaldehyde continue to offgas into the home after the walls are sheetrocked and painted?
The questions are answered by people labeling themselves as experts in the field. I will caution you that I have seen inaccuracies in some of the replies. Check the comments section of each Q&A and hopefully others have corrected any mistakes.
If you know a thing or two about IAQ and green buildings, join the website, get involved, and improve on the answers given. If, on the other hand, you don’t know a thing or two, feel free to submit some questions!
To visit this month’s featured website, visit: USGBC Green Home Guide’s Ask a Pro.
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