Asbestos 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 Mesothelioma and Malignant Mesothelioma. These types of cancer take the lives of thousands each year.
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 States Green 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.
Last Updated on November 13, 2008 by Chuck Marunde
When you consider before the 1970’s asbestos could be found in well over 3000 construction products it makes a lot ofsense to get a survey and/or removal for everyones benefit.
Also remember, if you have those old speckaled tiles from the 50’s check to make sure none of them are broken, and if all checks out…cover them with carpet, and never mess with them, until you can afford to get them professionally removed by an expert.
Asbestos is a very real health threat. I know because of what good friends went through with their home when they purchased it and then it turned out to have asbestos in the ceilings. I read one of your other articles about finding a good Realtor. I would say every buyer should do their research before they hire a Realtor and make sure he does have the competence and experience as you say in one of your other articles. Otherwise the could end up like our friend with a nightmare.