● Include a requirement in specifications that contractors and subs review HomeFree.
● Ask for and prefer products that have a Health Product Declaration (HPD).
● Avoid products marketed as antimicrobial and claiming or implying a health benefit.
● Prefer non-vinyl flooring products.
● When vinyl is used: Specify phthalate-free; avoid post-consumer recycled content.
● For rubber flooring: Avoid post-consumer recycled content (crumb rubber).
● For carpets: Look for products that don’t use fluorinated stain-repellent treatments; specify backings that are vinyl-free and polyurethane-free and do not contain fly ash.
● For ceramic tiles, prefer those made in the USA where most manufacturers have eliminated toxic lead compounds from ceramic tile glazes. Avoid post-consumer recycled content from CRTs (cathode ray tubes) which contain high concentrations of lead.
● Prefer paints that meet the Green Seal-11 (GS-11) standard from 2010 or later whenever possible or specify paints known to be free of alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs).
● Specify bases with 10 g/L of VOCs or less and colorants that do not increase the overall VOC content.
● At a minimum, specify paint bases and colorants with a VOC content of 50g/L or less.
● Look for paints that have VOC emission testing and meet the requirements of the CDPH (California Department of Public Health) Standard Method for Testing VOC Emissions (01350).
● Specify boards made with natural gypsum.
● If possible, avoid pre-consumer recycled content (also known as synthetic gypsum or FGD) to avoid the release of mercury in manufacture.
● Specify residential fiber glass batt insulation — it has been reformulated to be free of formaldehyde — or formaldehyde-free mineral wool batts. Unfaced batts are most preferable.
● For blown insulation, prefer cellulose or un-bonded fiber glass.
● Consider alternatives to rigid board insulation whenever possible. If board insulation is required, specify mineral wool boards and look for those that meet the requirements of CDPH Standard Method for Testing VOC Emissions (01350) for residential scenarios. If plastic foam insulation is used, look for those that are halogen-free. Consider upgrading to expanded cork insulation.
● Avoid spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation whenever possible.
● For sealing applications, prefer caulking or sealant tapes to spray foams.
● Think of countertops as a system of products: the surface itself, an adhesive, and potentially a surface treatment, which may need to be re-applied regularly. Each of these elements have different health concerns.
● Sealant products can introduce hazardous chemicals. Specify countertops that do not need to be sealed after installation, such as engineered stone, cultured marble, or solid surfacing.
● Plastic laminate is not a top countertop choice, but if used, specify that the substrate be made with NAF (No Added Formaldehyde) or ULEF (Ultra Low Emitting Formaldehyde) resins. © Healthy Building Network [June 2018]
CABINETRY & MILLWORK + DOORS
● Prefer solid wood products over composite.
● When using composite wood, specify materials that are NAF (No Added Formaldehyde) or ULEF (Ultra Low Emitting Formaldehyde) whenever possible.
● Prefer products that are factory-finished.
● For edge-banding, specify products with veneer rather than vinyl.
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FC3 Architecture + Design LLC was brought on board as the design professional to address the damage to this existing home due to plumbing failures. This large four-bedroom suburban home located in Northern NJ (approximately 5,690 square feet) is in the process of being completely restored — just about every square inch of the home was damaged, repaired, and restored. This presentation chronicles the “before” and “during construction” photographs. We hope to upload the photos of the final project in the near future.
QUALITY CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN, LLC
17 New Hampshire Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Frank Cunha III, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc.
Principal / CEO / Registered Architect
Licensed in CT, DE, FL, NJ, NY, PA
FC3 ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN, LLC
P.O. Box 335
Hamburg, NJ 07419
Tel. (973) 718.4640
Fax. (973) 718.4641
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A well documented set of construction drawings NOW decreases additional “hidden” construction costs LATER! by @WJMArchitectPosted: August 22, 2012
By Bill Martin
A well documented project drawing set has a big impact on construction cost.
Less detail in the plan means more extra cost during the construction.
A well documented project gives the client maximum negotiating leverage with contractors during competitive bidding, this saves much more than the cost of the architects fee, reducing the total construction cost by thousands.
Listing out all of the fees and expenses and pushing to minimize each expense will not result in the lowest possible total cost.
There is an inverse relationship between construction cost and architects fee.
A well documented project drawing set may require more for an architects fee, but has a big impact on reducing total construction cost.
Learn more by clicking Bill’s website: WJM Architect
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- Architects Vs. “Sculptor” Architects based on a conversation btw @WJMArchitect and @FrankCunhaIII
- The Cooper Union Photomontage with @WJMArchitect
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