A catalyst for homes, public facilities, schools and businesses, achieving environmental sustainability is being driven by a common goal to move cities and states to a green form of living. While human beings use energy to drive daily chores and activities, many take eco-friendly methods of construction and living for granted.
For a large part of the 20th century, corrosive and hazardous forms of insulation were used in homes, buildings and military applications. An older prominent building material that has plagued homeowners is asbestos. The use of this fibrous mineral became widespread due to the variety of industries stationed in Bellingham. Industries such as chemical plants, paper mills, shipyards and oil refiners used the material because of its fire resistant and ultra durable qualities.
Environmental awareness for citizens of Bellingham is on rise partially due to the rise in technology and green methods that will not only produce a healthier home, but can save homeowners on annual energy costs.
Tax breaks are being offered through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009. This package extends energy efficiency tax incentives first enacted in 2005 and even creates some new ones for those who remodel their homes using eco-friendly materials.
This is good news for people looking to remodel their homes. Some of the measures eligible for tax credits include: Replacement windows and skylights which are equal or below a 0.30 U factor, window films certified by the manufacturer that the product meets the requirements of a green insulation system, pigmented metal or asphalt roofs that meet Energy Star requirements and added insulation to walls or any part of a structure that meets the 2009 IECC specifications.
It is important to remember that any home built before 1980 could likely contain asbestos. When undisturbed, asbestos is fine. Most experts suggest leaving it un-disturbed, as this can allow its fibers to become airborne. Consistent exposure to asbestos can lead to many illnesses, such as pleural mesothelioma. Due to the fact many mesothelioma symptoms are similar to less serious ailments, diagnosis of this asbestos ailment is one of the more difficult tasks mesothelioma doctors encounter.
Citizens and organizations in Washington are doing their part in nurturing and prospering their mountains, natural springs and fresh air. The Washington Foundation for the Environment is a nonprofit corporation striving to provide projects and education focusing on environmental awareness. It also provides detailed information to citizens, schools and public facilities about the health hazards of asbestos.
Replacing the asbestos with healthy forms of insulation such as cotton fiber, lycnene foam or cellulose is more energy efficient and reduces the risk of asbestos exposure. Many locations throughout the United States are swiftly.
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