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      When you remodel, for whatever reason, do you ever think about what impact your intended (room's) use will have on the environmental or air quality?  Many do not, and most remodeling contractors have no education of these things; consequently, many are injured each year by improper contract work and building use.

      I'll give you an example.  I was recently called by someone in Carmel, Indiana, who, after having some major remodeling performed to their new home, noticed strong odors and burning sensations in their upper respiratory tract.  Considering it was from the new building materials and paint, they ignored it at first; however, after three years these issues continued.

      The long story short is the remodeling was incomplete.  It didn't take into account humidity loads in an exercise room added to the basement; ... ventilation of the kitchen in relation to another room which was opened up (open concept) to the kitchen during remodeling; ... dilution systems for gases trapped in the building from the remodeling process; and, more.  Consequently, there were issues with carbon dioxide in some rooms; ... moisture and mold in other rooms; ... formaldehyde in other rooms; etc.

      When planning to buy or remodel a home (or office) consider the following:

      1.) What will you do with each room (e.g., exercise room, kitchen, bathroom, library, storage or an arts and crafts room)?  How might that impact the environment in that room or neighboring rooms?

      2.) Are your contractors confident and competent in handling those potential issues?  How so?

      3.) Are there guarantees in their work?  Are there limitations to those guarantees?  How will a claim be processed if you have to file one?

      4.) Will the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system need re-designed and cleaned?

      5.) Are there other issues that could compromise the new construction if not addressed (e.g., water seeping through the pores of the foundation into the basement or crawl space)?

      6.) Are you comfortable doing this work without the consultation of a building scientist?

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      Jason Yost, BS Occupational Safety & Health
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      Re: When Remodeling Consider the Room's Ability to Process Your Needs!
      « Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 11:56:37 AM »
          The same can be said of any type of restoration work on your property.
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          Re: When Remodeling Consider the Room's Ability to Process Your Needs!
          « Reply #2 on: December 08, 2017, 09:48:15 PM »
              My experience  of remodeling homes over the last 2 decades is make sure you count the cost.

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              Re: When Remodeling Consider the Room's Ability to Process Your Needs!
              « Reply #3 on: December 09, 2017, 10:06:06 AM »
                  And, as I exemplified in my original post, the cost is more than monetary.  It includes quality of life, health and practical use of space given the environmental condition; as well as the cost of remedial actions to correct oversights in the remodeling process or eliminate poor indoor air quality.
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                  Re: When Remodeling Consider the Room's Ability to Process Your Needs!
                  « Reply #3 on: December 09, 2017, 10:06:06 AM »