GBlist: Web site for new book
Fri, 28 Mar 1997 10:26:20 -0500 (EST)

Green building list members,

This is to inform you of a new web site that provides excerpts and background
data from the new book, Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry
Manipulates Science, Bends the Law, and Endangers Your Health.

On Feb. 17 in The New York Times, columnist Bob Herbert described the book as
"the story of the triumph of a special interest over the public interest."
The reason I thought green building list members might be interested is the
book traces the lobbying and regulatory history of the chemical,
formaldehyde--discussion of this chemical and the search for alternatives is
certainly a recurring theme on the list. The book also cites the work of John
and Linda Bower and Nadav Malin at Environmental Building News was one of the
excellent sources I interviewed.

My co-author, Dan Fagin of Newsday, and I would love to hear your comments,
questions, criticisms or suggestions on our book and (still evolving) web

Marianne Lavelle, co-author
Toxic Deception

for those who need html coding to make the jump:

Forwarded message:
From: (Loren Abraham)
To: (Greenbuilding List)
Date: 97-03-05 13:53:12 EST

The question posed:
> There are a variety of parameters to control ventilation: CFM
per person,
> Air Changes, CO2, and RH. If you had to pick one, which one
would you pick
> and why?
> Greg Thomas

CFM per person at high occupancy (assembly) and air changes at
lower occupancy levels is probably the most logical choice because
many indoor air pollutants can accumulate with little or no effect
on CO2 levels. RH can be probably be controlled by other means
more efficiently. What is really needed is a "smart" ventilation
system which monitors occupancy (but not by measuring CO2 because
of the time lag) and maintains higher levels of ventilation during
those times. A VOC monitor might provide a baseline for minimum
air exchange rates during unoccupied times. Since there are many
different sources and many different pollutants, a minimum should
err on the conservative side (higher rate of exchange). "This is
just "Pie in the Sky" thinking but (AI) technology really can
provide the best solution to balancing energy efficiency and
indoor air quality in my mind.
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