30 Oct '17, 12pm

Old house w/ clapboards. What's a green builder to do? Save the siding? But it's got lead paint & lots of air leaks.

Old house w/ clapboards. What's a green builder to do? Save the siding? But it's got lead paint & lots of air leaks.

Lead-based paint dates to colonial times, and asbestos Mineral fiber once commonly used in many building materials, including insulation, fireproof siding, and resilient flooring. Inhalation of invisible asbestos fibers can lead to chest and abdominal cancers as well as scarring of the lungs. The use of asbestos in some products has been banned by the EPA and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission; manufacturers also have adopted voluntary limitations on its use. When found in older buildings (most commonly in floor tiles, pipe and furnace insulation, or asbestos shingles), the product's friability is a major determinant in how it must be handled during renovations. More information: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/asbestos.html was first mined for use in insulation in 1858, he says. Steve Knapp adds that asbestos shingles and siding were introduced to the U.S. in 1907, while...

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