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Materials and Coatings in Schools:
Don’t Kids Have Enough to Worry About?

BY ROBERT J. KOBET, LEED FACULTY (RETIRED), AND
PAULA MCEVOY, FAIA, LEED FELLOW AND ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL, PERKINS+WILL

Interior finishes, furnishings and maintenance practices have a direct impact on the health and productivity of a building’s occupants. Nowhere is this more important than in our schools....
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Tagged categories: Building science; Coatings Technology; Collaborative for High-Performance Schools; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Green building; Green coatings; Green design; Green Globes; Indoor air quality; Interior coatings; LEED v4; Lifecycle analysis; Living Building Challenge; Low-VOC; Perkins+Will; Schools; Sustainability; United States Green Building Council (USGBC); Zero-VOC

Comment from Ujjval Vyas, (6/6/2016, 9:27 AM)

I wonder if many of the highly capable chemists, scientists, technical experts, and intellectually rigorous readers might not find this hymn of praise to the AIA and USGBC echo-chamber convincing?


Comment from Catherine Brooks of Eco-Strip, (6/7/2016, 3:56 PM)

While we spend all this time and money making new schools safe, we we are poisoning kids still in the old, neglected schools with horribly deteriorating lead paint, water pipes, and other toxins.


Comment from Robert Kobet, (6/7/2016, 4:32 PM)

Ujjival Vyas - Thank you for responding to our article. We welcome any input from the group of professionals you listed, or anyone else who has an interest in the application of green finishes and coatings. I believe the greatest value of any article is to precipitate good discussion, and we welcome it. As for us reinforcing the "AIA / USGBC echo-chamber" please note 1) my single reference to green building rating systems regarding materials includes all five of the current dominant green building standards, not just the USGBC. 2) My only specific reference to LEED V4 is regarding what constitutes a local material, with the suggestion the reader should start there if they are looking for a definition. The USGBC invites participation in its LEED committees if anyone would like to alter definitions. That is exactly what happened between LEED 2009 and LEED V4. 3) I made no reference to the AIA at all, although I agree with Paula's recognition of the AIA's quest for transparency. Generally, my contribution to the article is based on decades of work with physicians who specialize in treating the chemically sensitive. They were formulated beginning in 1981, long before any of the current green building organizations were founded, and have served me well for decades. I would be delighted to add health care professionals to your list of who might respond to what Paula and I wrote. If you would like to elaborate on what exactly is "echoing" I will be pleased to respond in kind. Regards Bob Kobet


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