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Mineral Wool Makers Dropping Formaldehyde Binders

Two manufacturers will begin making insulation with ‘no added formaldehyde’ later this year

Posted on May 4 2017 by Scott Gibson

Two manufacturers of mineral wool insulation have announced that they will stop using binders containing formaldehydeChemical found in many building products; most binders used for manufactured wood products are formaldehyde compounds. Reclassified by the United Nations International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2004 as a “known human carcinogen." in at least some of their products, a move aimed at addressing long-standing health concerns and meeting tougher green certification requirements.


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Health Risks of Tainted Flooring Were Underestimated

U.S. health authorities say that they miscalculated the risk of cancer from laminated flooring

Posted on Feb 25 2016 by Scott Gibson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the cancer risks from formaldehydeChemical found in many building products; most binders used for manufactured wood products are formaldehyde compounds. Reclassified by the United Nations International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2004 as a “known human carcinogen." in laminated flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators is three times higher than previously announced.


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Lumber Liquidators Store Goes for LEED Certification

As a federal investigation of its Chinese flooring continues, the company says it has opened its first retail outlet built to LEED standards

Posted on Jul 16 2015 by Scott Gibson

Lumber Liquidators, under investigation for selling Chinese-made laminate flooring with excessive levels of formaldehydeChemical found in many building products; most binders used for manufactured wood products are formaldehyde compounds. Reclassified by the United Nations International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2004 as a “known human carcinogen.", is busy buffing its environmental image.

The company announced that it has opened a retail outlet in Santa Barbara, California, that aims for LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. certification. The store is the first of the company's 360 outlets to do so. The U.S. Green Building Council, which administers LEED, says on its web site that thee store's certification is "in progress."


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Lowe’s Halts Sales of Some Laminate Flooring

The move follows claims that the retailer was selling flooring with formaldehyde levels that are too high to meet California standards

Posted on May 7 2015 by Scott Gibson

Lowe's has stopped selling a type of laminate flooring following claims that it contains levels of formaldehydeChemical found in many building products; most binders used for manufactured wood products are formaldehyde compounds. Reclassified by the United Nations International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2004 as a “known human carcinogen." that are too high, a published report said.


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More Bad News for Lumber Liquidators

The flooring retailer is offering consumers test kits to check formaldehyde exposure, but a lawsuit alleges that the kits are “inherently unreliable”

Posted on Apr 15 2015 by Scott Gibson

Accused of selling Chinese-made flooring that gives off dangerous levels of formaldehydeChemical found in many building products; most binders used for manufactured wood products are formaldehyde compounds. Reclassified by the United Nations International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2004 as a “known human carcinogen.", Lumber Liquidators offered free test kits to any consumer who requested one so homeowners could check for themselves whether the air inside their homes was safe to breathe.

But a lawsuit filed in California claims the test kits are provided by a third party paid by the retailer, do not use commonly accepted methods, and are basically faulty.


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Is Chinese-Made Laminate Flooring Safe?

Tests in California find high levels of formaldehyde in laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators, 60 Minutes reports

Posted on Mar 5 2015 by Scott Gibson

A report by the television news program 60 Minutes claims samples of Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators contained six or seven times as much formaldehydeChemical found in many building products; most binders used for manufactured wood products are formaldehyde compounds. Reclassified by the United Nations International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2004 as a “known human carcinogen." as permitted by California regulations and may pose a health threat to unsuspecting homeowners.

In a program that was broadcast on March 1, correspondent Anderson Cooper was told that the problem affected tens of thousands of households in California and hundreds of thousands around the country.


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A Vilified Insulation Material From the 1970s Returns

Even though urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI), a.k.a. amino foam, has been out of the spotlight, it’s been going into a lot of buildings

Posted on Oct 31 2013 by Alex Wilson

In working on a major revision to The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices (available bundled with a webcast), we’ve had an opportunity to dig into some of the lesser-known insulation materials on the market. Some of what we’re found has been surprising.


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Belgian Passivhaus is Rendered Uninhabitable by Bad Indoor Air

Inward solar vapor drive and damp earth tubes conspire to ruin an expensive new superinsulated home

Posted on Jun 1 2012 by Martin Holladay

The first single-family Passivhaus in the U.S. was completed by Katrin Klingenberg in 2004. Klingenberg’s superinsulated home in Urbana, Illinois includes two unusual features: a ventilation system that pulls fresh outdoor air through a buried earth tubeVentilation air intake tube, usually measuring 8 or more inches in diameter and buried 5 or more feet below grade. Earth tubes take advantage of relatively constant subterranean temperatures to pre-heat air in winter and pre-cool it in summer. In humid climates, some earth tubes develop significant amounts of condensation during the summer, potentially contributing to indoor air quality problems., and walls that include an interior layer of OSB. These details were not invented by Klingenberg; she adopted practices that were commonly used by European Passivhaus builders.


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Cabinet Manufacturers Group Supports Federal Formaldehyde Legislation

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association touts U.S. Senate bill that would adopt California Air Resources Board limitations on formaldehyde emissions from building products

Posted on Oct 5 2009 by Richard Defendorf

Formaldehyde’s usefulness as a building block for the resins that bind plywood, particleboard, medium density fiberboard, and other building materials is rivaled mainly by its toxicity.


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Product Verification – Are We SAVED?

Posted on Mar 25 2009 by Carl Seville

Following up on my comments on green product verification – One More Thing to Worry About– I recently learned about ICC ES-SAVE (Sustainable Attributes Verification and Evaluation), yet another program to verify the sustainability of products.


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