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Rough Weather Preparation

Posted in: IAQ

Written by Lillie Reiter

It's hurricane season and the weather is throwing some major storms this way. With Texas still dealing with the damage from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma making its way towards the states, the effects are sure to have lasting impacts. Here are some tips to help minimize damage to the home whether you’re evacuated or able to stay.   

If you’ve evacuated*:

Please Welcome, ESG's New Director of Business Development, William (Bill) Janhonen

Environmental Solutions Group is pleased to announce the addition of William Janhonen to our staff. Bill is a national member of the U.S. Green Building Council and a member of the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham County. He is an advocate for promoting green education and is also a member of the International Code Council, RESNET, and is a national instructor for the National Association of Home Builders.

Proposed Indoor Air Quality Legislation: Rewarding Building Maintenance

Written by Lillie Reiter

Most people who have rented an apartment or house have encountered a building maintenance problem that wasn't immediately taken care of. The teamat Environmental Solutions Group have encountered many tenants who have unresolved or incorrectly addressed building maintenance issues. Besides being an annoyance, issues such as roaches, mice, and mold have been linked to asthma, mold sensitivities, and other health issues.

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

Posted in: news we follow

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