SOURCE: IndoorDoctor


November 22, 2011 11:50 ET

IndoorDoctor Advises Builders on Preventing Depreciation in Homes by Avoiding Environmental Consequences

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Nov 22, 2011) - IndoorDoctor, an independent New England based environmental testing firm, has seen a significant increase with prospective homebuyers investing in advanced environmental testing prior to the purchase of a home. The reason is simple: homebuyers do not want to risk their biggest purchase depreciating due to a flawed design that might lead to environmental consequences such as mold, hidden asbestos materials, radon, ice damming, or mal odors.

Following are the top five precautions that IndoorDoctor believes builders should take to promote a healthier home:

5) Use Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Free Paints: Often a new coat of paint is the least expensive way to turn over a home. Unfortunately the known carcinogens may off gas for several months after the initial application, leading to compromised breathing conditions. To promote a safer environment, builders can feature their paints as VOC and odor free.

4) Non-Toxic Spray Foam Insulation: Traditional batted fiberglass absorbs moisture from excess humidity or through direct moisture intrusions. IndoorDoctor often detects elevated fiberglass counts as the particles fall through cracks in recess lighting or bypasses filtration in the HVAC system. This becomes dangerous air to breathe, especially for children, who are especially prone to eye, nose and throat irritation from the excess airborne fiberglass.

3) Avoid Carpeting: Carpets are breeding grounds for molds, dust mites and odors.

2) Increase Airflow: Basements in particular lack overall cross-flow ventilation. Improving the number of air exchanges with specialty heat recovery ventilators or stand along units such as the E-Z Breathe ventilation system ( will improve airflow and air quality.

1) Use Paperless Wallboard: Paper-based wallboard carries a host of environmental concerns when used in areas that risk moisture intrusion and subsequently harvest mold growth. Using a more synthetic wall system or paperless wallboard such as Dens Armor.

Jeffrey J. Bradley is the President of IndoorDoctor LLC. IndoorDoctor offers a number of specialty services including environmental engineering and consulting. Mr. Bradley holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from West Point and a Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from Southern Methodist University. He received his CMRI certifications from the Environmental Solutions Association and Micro Consulting, leading authority on Environmental Assessment, Mold Inspection and Remediation. Mr. Bradley has been certified as an Indoor Air Quality Technician, Accredited Asbestos Inspector, and Water Damage Assessment Technician.

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