Buying or Remodeling A Home with Asbestos

3510618_blog1The following article is from Jesse Herman, Awareness Coordinator at the Mesothelioma Cancer Center.  It is a great article on the dangers of Asbestos.  Critical information for homeowners and buyers of homes built before 1980.

Abestos Removal and Greener Alternatives

There are many things to consider when remodeling or purchasing an older home. Homes built before 1980 have the strong likelihood of containing asbestos. Due to a steady progression of technology and green sustainable methods, there are many ways to ensure your home or property is asbestos free. If you are interested in saving money, remodeling and improving your carbon footprint, here is some information to get you on the right track.

Used in millions of homes throughout the last quarter of the 20th century, asbestos insulation can become a real dilemma for homeowners due to causing a variety of health problems, including Peritoneal
and Malignant Mesothelioma. These types of cancer take the lives of thousands each

Non-regulated asbestos material can be legally performed by homeowners, regular contractors, or licensed asbestos abatement contractors as long as the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants(NESHAP) are not violated.  Asbestos removal in public facilities, homes and workplaces must be undertaken
by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. Once the removal is complete, green insulation options should be given serious consideration, such as:  Cellulose, Cotton Fiber and Lcynene.

The United StatesGreen Building Council(USGBC), in a study conducted in 2003, estimated a savings of $50-$65 per square foot for well-constructed green buildings in the U.S. (see table below) during that year. The numbers continue to improve as more eco-friendly options become available, and those kinds of figures have finally begun to attract those who thought eco-friendly construction was just a bunch of hogwash.

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