Bob has been in the business of Sustainable Design/Build and Real Estate Development since 1981with 30 years of experience in the industry
He has built over 150 projects throughout Northern and Southern California
Since 1999 Bob has been C.E.O. of Healthy Buildings USA, the company he founded
Bob is a licensed California General Contractor and has a B.S. from Loyola University (Biology) and a Masters from U.C.L.A in Public Health
Here are the 4 Buildings that Changed Bob’s Life…
Loyola Marymount University 1970-1974 Bob learns about how the human body works, and how it responds to its environments. Major in Biology with a minor in BioChemistry.
UCLA Campus UCLA School of Public Health 1974-1975 Bob at U.C.L.A. – studies biology and public health… and how buildings effect people. Masters from U.C.L.A in Public Health
1983 “Mr Rock and Roll” Brian and CindeeBeirne hires Massaro to build their home. Mrs Rock and Roll has immune sensitivities. We build the first sustainable, healthy home in L.A. The green part is kept very low key. Madonna’s Former Villa – Hollywood Hills next door to “Mr Rock and Roll”
1999 Bob’s son Matthew has a scary trip to the E.R. with an Asthma attack – 3 months later Healthy Buildings is born 17 Griggs Lane Napa, CA
What is Asthma? Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic respiratory disease that affects the quality of life for almost 25 million Americans, including an estimated 7 million children. Although there is no cure for asthma yet, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental triggers. Asthma & Allergy Triggers: Any home can be full of triggers like mold, dust mites secondhand smoke, cockroaches, cats and dogs. Other asthma triggers may be air pollution (such as ozone, small particles, and pollen), foods, respiratory infections and exercise.
Where do these triggers come from? Mold grows on damp things such as wet walls, shower curtains, bath items, tubs, basins and tiles. Dust mites are tiny bugs you can’t see. They live in sheets, blankets, pillows, mattresses, soft furniture, carpets, and stuffed toys, such as stuffed animals. Secondhand Smoke is the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, or the smoke breathed out by a smoker. Choose not to smoke in your home or car, and don't allow others to do so either. Cockroach body parts and droppings may trigger asthma attacks. What you can do? Keep counters, sinks, tables, and floors clean. Clean dishes, crumbs, and spills. Store food in air tight containers. Cover trash cans. Cats and Dogs - A warm-blooded animal's urine and saliva may also trigger attacks. Chemical irritants found in some products in your house, such as scented or unscented products, including cleaners, paints, adhesives, pesticides, cosmetics, or air fresheners, may make your child's asthma worse. Air Pollution (such as ozone, small particles, and pollen), foods, respiratory infections and exercise (high rates of breathing increases contact of triggers with the lungs). Small Particles come from smoke, dust, and emissions from cars, factories and power plants. Nitrogen dioxide is an odorless gas. This gas can come from the use of appliances and motors that burn fuels, such as gas, wood, and kerosene. Indoor Air Quality is Important! Information comes from EPA’s No Attack Website http://www.noattacks.org/triggers.html
What do Buildings have to do with Indoor Air Quality, Feeling Healthy and Having a Better Life?
Water Intrusion & MoldHow Do You Deal With Moldy Walls? Wood Framing Gets Moldy When Wet Steel Framing Doesn’t Get Moldy When Wet & If the Interior Walls Get Moldy – You Can Easily and Economically Replace a Panelized Wall Unit System
Fiber Cement Siding – Also protects against water and mold
Remember That 70’s Shag Carpet? Shag…Yeah Baby
Dust mites Petri Dish = Carpet Dust Mites, Molds, Bacteria and everything you stepped in Outside stays in the carpet!
Actual 1950’s Cigarette Advertisements –Secondhand Smoke Anyone?
Goodbye 1970s and Take Your Fake Wood VINYL Paneling With You! What About Vinyl Asbestos Tiles from the 1940s? Great Idea… Asbestos…Can You Say Mesothelioma? PVC (plastic) takes hundreds of years to break down in our landfills.
And How Did they Stick those GREAT Vinyl Tiles & Siding Down? Volatile Organic Compounds Anyone??
Volatile Organic Compounds The Biochemical Equation: Your Health VOC’s =
Paints – Did you Ever Wonder Why the Romans Died at Age 25? This still didn’t teach us ANYTHING – we put Lead and VOCs in our paints to make it even more toxic!
Cabinetry & Woodwork And Who’s Smart Idea was it to make our Cabinets and Woodwork with a… GET THIS….Cancer Causing Agent!! Yes People, Formaldehyde is NOT friendly to your Health!
That’s not the only thing withFormaldehyde in It…
Small Particles, Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution comes from smoke, dust, and emissions from cars, factories and power plants How Do Buildings Solve This Problem?
Low Carbon Footprint Buildings – Build Energy Efficient Buildings to Reduce Carbon Emissions, Small Particles and Other Air Pollution produced from the Burning of Fossil Fuels Alternative Energy Power Solutions Completely Disconnect From the Utility Company Drive Electric Cars & Have Car Charging Stations at Your Home
Healthy Solutions Consistent Floor & counter materials Cork – Bamboo Concrete – Granite Zero VOC paints Low VOC Finishes Natural spectrum lighting Low VOC glues & adhesives Formaldehyde free insulation Little or no organic material Reduce water intrusion
But Even If you Make Your Home Super Duper Healthy…What You Do With it AFTER it’s Builtwill Effect Your Health and the natural habitat of the Earth Use Green Cleaning Products
PROVE IT - Where are your supportive research studies? Research has shown that, on average, Americans spend more than 90% of their time indoors (Robinson and Nelson, 1995) Consequently, exposure to air pollutants is often greater indoors than outdoors, even when outdoor concentrations are higher, as is typically the case with ozone. References: Robinson, J., Nelson, W.C., 1995. National human activity pattern survey data base. US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC.
Overview of the Children's Health Study From the California Air Resource Board Children were selected for study because they are especially vulnerable to air pollution; their respiratory and immune systems are still developing and they tend to have higher exposures to pollutants because they breathe faster than adults and generally spend more active time outdoors. Access the study at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/chs/over.htm
Results and Conclusions for the Study Air pollution harms children's lungs for life. Children that were exposed to current levels of air pollution had significantly reduced lung growth and development. Children living in high ozone communities who actively participated in several sports were more likely to develop asthma than children in these communities not participating in sports. Access the study at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/chs/over.htm
Results and Conclusions for the Study Children living in communities with pollution had lungs that both developed and grew more slowly and may have permanent adverse effects in adulthood. Children who moved away from study communities had increased lung development if the new communities had lower pollution and had decreased lung development if the new communities had higher pollution. Days with higher ozone levels resulted in significantly higher school absences due to respiratory illness. Children with asthma who were exposed to higher concentrations of particulate matter were much more likely to develop bronchitis. Access the study at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/chs/over.htm
Study Links Ozone and Asthma This study produced the strongest evidence to date that ozone, commonly know as smog, can cause asthma in children. Previous evidence has shown that ozone, one of the most health-damaging air pollutants, can aggravate existing cases of asthma. The new ARB-USC study, however, points strongly to ozone as a cause in the development of asthma in young people who did not previously have the disease. Access the study at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr013102.htm
Let’s Recap:We’ve Hit All The Other Asthma Triggers...But What About Ozone? Ozone O3 Filters These are available for all different types of applications -attaching to Residential HVAC systems and more. For More Info Go To: http://www.camfilfarr.com
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Study says natural light boosts learningFrom the Boston Globe on 11/26/99 Study done by the HeschongMahone Group In the 1970s - eliminating classroom windows so that students would not be distracted was the design for schools. Students who took their lessons in classrooms with more natural light scored up to 25 percent higher on standardized tests than other students in the same school district. In the Capistrano district in Orange County results were the strongest. ''We found that students with the most day lighting in their classrooms progressed 20 percent faster on math tests and 26 percent [faster] on reading tests in one year than those with the least,'' the researchers concluded. ''Similarly, students in classrooms with the largest window areas were found to progress 15 percent faster in math and 23 percent faster in reading.’’ Access the Study at: http://architecture.mit.edu/house_n/web/resources/articles/education/Boston%20Globe%20Online%20-%20Nation%20%20World%20-%20Study%20says%20natural%20light%20boosts%20learning.htm
Ceiling Height Can Affect How A Person Thinks, Feels And ActsFrom Science Daily (Apr. 25, 2007) Research by Joan Meyers-Levy, a professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, suggests that the way people think and act is affected by ceiling height. “When a person is in a space with a 10-foot ceiling, they will tend to think more freely, more abstractly,” said Meyers-Levy. “They might process more abstract connections between objects in a room, whereas a person in a room with an 8-foot ceiling will be more likely to focus on specifics.” Access the Study at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070424155539.htm
Noise Stress and Brain Function-Study A Yale University study looked at the effects of noise stress on brain function in monkeys. Results indicate that stress impairs PFC cognitive function. Reference: Arch. General Psychiatry, April 1998 Low-Level Noise and Stress-Research Noise at home or school can affect children's ability to learn. Compared to kids from quieter neighborhoods, children living near airports or busy highways tend to have lower reading scores and develop language skills more slowly Reference: Family Circle, November 1991 Access these Studies at: http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/references.html#stress5
Color Can Affect How People Think and ActAvoidance behavior, imagination and moretake cues from hues, study findsFrom Feb 5, 2009 (Health Day News) Study done by Canadian researchers at the University of British Columbia Color me detail-oriented? Wear red. Want to be more creative at work? Paint your office blue. The participants scored higher on detail-oriented assignments, such as memory tasks or proofreading, when completing them on a red background. They did better on tasks that called for imagination and creativity with blue. Access the Study at: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2009/02/05/color-can-affect-how-people-think-and-act
State of the Air From the American Lung Association How Bad Is Our Air? Ozone is C grade & We don’t test for anything else in Napa Find Your Local Report Card at: www.stateoftheair.org
So, Now You Know…It’s Not Just The Building Itself It’s Also The Way It’s Built: