Newly renovated ‘green’ buildings in Boston were tested for chemicals, and researchers tried to figure out which chemicals came from building materials and which chemicals came from occupants and their possessions.
People often think that green buildings are healthy, but this study shows that ‘green’ and ‘healthy’ aren’t always the same. Consumers need information about the differences. People also need more information about chemicals in consumer products. Almost half the chemicals found in the Boston homes came from occupant sources. If people knew about the chemicals in the products they buy, they would probably make different choices – and that would make a positive difference to their health and the environment.
Article: ‘Chemical exposures in recently renovated low-income housing: Influence of building materials and occupant activities’
Authors: Dodson, R. E., Odesky, J. O., Colton, M. D., McCauley, M., Camann, D. E., Yau, A. Y., Adamkiewicz, G., and Rudel, R. A.
Publication: Environment International
Date: Available online 12 September 2017
Open Access: Yes