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News We Follow: Research: Stale Office Air Is Making You Less Productive

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From an article in Harvard Business Review

New reasearch from Harvard concludes that stale air could be making office workers less productive.

'Study after study has shown that the amount of ventilation, or fresh outdoor air brought inside, is a critical determinant of health. Good ventilation has been shown to reduce sick building syndrome symptoms, cut absenteeism, and even reduce infectious disease transmission.'

Read the full article here

Interested in improving the air quality in your office? Contact us today!

Space Invaders: Microbes

Posted in: IAQ, mold

Written by Lillie Reiter, IAQ Coordinator and Environmental Investigator

Mold can exist in the harshest of conditions but did you know if can exist in space? Yes, there is mold aboard the International Space Station (ISS). When NASA took humans and transported them into space in an enclosed area, the question of what to do about mold probably didn't cross anyone's mind. For 16 years, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the crew have been living (sweating, using the bathroom, getting sick) inside the ISS. The microbes they release stick around because the space station is essentially sealed - like living in an airplane that never gets opened. Today, it's filled with non-human life and has its own unique microbiome (a community of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses that inhabit a particular environment).

News We Follow: Understanding Stack Effect

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From an article in Pro Remodeler

Pro Remodeler has been putting out great articles that we can't help but share with you! This time we are sharing some key information from their article "Understanding Stack Effect". You can read the full article here.

News We Follow: Kitchen Exhaust Checklist

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From an article in Pro Remodeler

We've shared information from Pro Remodeler articles before and, today, we are doing it again. Subscribing to their magazine has brought us a lot of really great information. This particular article focused on some simple ways to make sure the Kitchen Exhaust you install is the right one. Below are some bits of key information from the article. To read the full story, go here!

News We Follow: A Balanced Approach to Roof Ventilation

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From an article in Pro Remodeler

An article in the latest issue of Pro Remodeler highlights the best way to ventilate an attic space. Often when we find mold and moisture issues in a homeowner's attic it can be attributed to not having proper ventilation. The full article can be read at the link above and below are some key points we wanted to highlight for you. 

A little more about ESG from CEO, Jinny Whittaker

A few questions about the start of ESG and where we are today, answered by CEO Jinny Whittaker. 

What was it that made Craig want to start ESG and what was it that kept him so passionate after many years?

Craig became interested in indoor air quality as he began learning of the links between indoor air toxins and health. We had a special interest in the quality of our household air because Craig had been diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2000 and we had two young children. The more he learned, the more he felt compelled to share information with others. This led to extensive hours of research and training to learn as much as he could about how to help individuals who were concerned about the indoor air quality of their home. 

Air Quality Tips for You Home

Written by: Alexandra Kirsten, Marketing Coordinator

Maintain Proper Ventilation

Its important to make sure that air is consistently moving in your living space. Some simple ways to do this include having your HVAC system serviced to ensure it is working properly, opening windows to allow fresh air in, and utilizing bath and kitchen exhaust fans. Particularly if you are having work done or cleaning with chemical products, its important to have proper ventilation to get chemicals out and fresh air in.

Make Your Home a Smoke-Free Zone

Light Switches Can Be Big Sources of Leaks

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Here's an interesting video from our friends at Energy Vanguard that shows how much air can leak through simple things like light switches.

The idea of some air leaking from one switch may not be concerning but when you multiply it by all of the switches and outlets in a home it can result in a fair amount of leakage. Due to the fact that most hardware stores sell insulated sealers for this issue, fixing it is fairly easy. You can typically find a pack of insulated sealers for less than $5.00 for packs with as many as 14 pieces.Once you purchase one of these kits, the steps for installation (also included with the packages) are very simple:

News We Follow: Flint Water Crisis Shines Light on Lead Pipes Across U.S.

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From an article in WSJ

A recent Wall Street Journal article discusses the water crisis in Flint and how it is making the rest of the country pay more attention to the water in their homes. You will need a Wall Street Journal subscription to read the full article here but we've highlighted some of the key points from the article below. 

News We Follow: Over 190,000 Homes in the U.S. Were RESNET HERS RATED in 2015

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From RESNET

'In 2015 there were 190,180 homes in the United States that were HERS rated by certified RESNET HERS Raters and issued a HERS Index score. According to data from the U.S.. Census Bureau this represents over 38% of all new homes sold in the nation. The homes that were HERS rated in 2015 represents a 30% increase over the number of homes rated in 2014.

The average HERS Index Score of the homes rated in 2015 was 62.

The six leading states in terms of homes receiving a HERS Index were: