How To Build A Construction Plan

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The housing industry has proceeded at a red-hot pace for several years running. An all-time record was set in 1998, when 886,000 new-site single family homes were sold. That represented a 10% gain from the robust total of 804,000 homes sold in 1997, and an 8.1% rise from the prior record of 819,000 units in 1977. Single-family housing construction accounted for $48 million of the total $125 million generated in the industry.

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Construction Honored with AGC Builders

Last night, Construction was honored to accept a Best Builders Award from the Associated General Contractors of Vermont for the construction of the $31.3 million Vermont Public Health Laboratory. There is so much to celebrate about this project – from both a construction and community perspective – and it was so gratifying to have that impact formally recognized in the contracting community.

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Dehumidifier Recall

Units

About 2.2 million in the United States and 52,500 in Canada

Description

This recall involves 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.  Recalled model numbers and date codes are listed below. The brand name and the pint capacity are printed on the front of the dehumidifier. The model number and date code are printed on a sticker on the back, front or side of the unit. The dehumidifiers are white, beige, gray or black plastic and measure between 19 and 24 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep.

 

Danby or Premiere
Model number Capacity Date code range   
DDR3011 30-pint All units
DDR30P 30-pint All units
DDR4511 45-pint All units
DDR45P 45-pint All units
DDR6511 65-pint All units
DDR65CHP 65-pint All units
De’Longhi or SuperClima
Model number           Capacity         Date code range
DDSE30  30-pint All units 
DDSE40 40-pint All units
DG50 50-pint All units
Fedders
Model number Capacity         Date code range
FEDH-MAH030-C15 30-pint All units
FEDH-MAH070-C15 70-pint All units
Fellini
Model number Capacity Date code range
13-06030 50-pint All units
13-06031 70-pint             All units
Frigidaire
Model number Pint capacity Date code range
FDB30R1 30-pint 01/07 through 09/08
FDB50R1 50-pint 01/07 through 09/08
FDB70R1 70-pint 01/07 through 09/08
FDD25S1 25-pint 01/07 through 09/08
FDF50S1 50-pint 01/07 through 09/08
FDF70S1 70-pint 01/07 through 09/08
FDL30R1 30-pint 01/07 through 09/08
FDL50R1 50-pint 01/07 through 09/08
FDL50S1 50-pint 01/07 through 09/08
FDL70R1 70-pint 01/07 through 09/08
FDL70S1 70-pint 01/07 through 09/08
FDM30R1 30-pint 01/07 through 09/08
FDR30S1 30-pint 01/07 through 09/08
Gree
Model number   Capacity         Date code range   
13-06090 30-pint All units
13-06091 45-pint All units
13-06092 50-pint All units
13-06093 70-pint All units
GDN20AH-K4EAB1A 20-pint All units
GDN20AH-K5EBB3A 20-pint All units
GDN30AE-A3EBA8A 30-pint All units
GDN30AH-A4EBB1A 30-pint All units
GDN40AH-A4EBB1A 40-pint All units
GDN45AH-A3EBB2A 45-pint All units
GDN50AF-A3EBA8A 50-pint All units
GDN50AF-A3EBA8B 50-pint All units
GDN70AF-A3EBA8A 70-pint All units
GDN70AF-A3EBB3A 70-pint All units
GDN70AI-A3EBB2A 70-pint All units
GDNE30AEBA1A8A 30-pint All units
GDNE40AEBA1A8A 40-Pint All units
GDNE50AFBA1A8A 50-pint All units
GDNE65AFBA1A8A 65-pint All units
Kenmore
Model number Capacity         Date code range        
407.52301210 30-pint 2012-04 through 2012-09
407.52501210 50-pint 2012-04 through 2012-09
407.52701210 70-pint 2012-04 through 2012-09
407.52702210 70-pint 2012-04 through 2012-08
Norpole
Model number Capacity         Date code range
NPDH30PG 30-pint All units
Seabreeze
Model number Capacity Date code range
DH450S 50-pint All units
DH470S 70-pint All units
SoleusAir
Model Number Capacity         Date code range
CFM-25E 25-pint All units
CFM-40E 40-pint All units
DPI-30-03 30-pint All units
DPI-40-03 40-pint All units
DPI-50-03 50-pint All units
DPI-50-30A 50-pint All units
DPI-70-03 70-pint All Units
GL-DEH-30-1 30-pint 1211 through 0612
GL-DEH-45-2 45-pint 1211 through 0612
GL-DEH-50-2L2 50-pint 1211 through 0612
GL-DEH-50-2Q2 50-pint 1211 through 0612
GL-DEH-70-2S2 70-pint 1211 through 0612
GL-DEH-70P-2S2 70-pint 0112 through 0612
GM-DEH-30M-1L2 30-pint 010512 through 061412
GM-DEH-30M-1R2 30-pint 010512 through 061412
GM-DEH-45-1 45-pint 122511 through 062112
GM-DEH-70-1S2 70-pint 010512 through 062112
SG-DEH-25-4 25-pint 032711 through 081712
SG-DEH-30-2 30-pint 032711 through 050712
SG-DEH-30B-1 30-pint 011210 through 041310
SG-DEH-30M-1 30-pint 010210 through 071512
SG-DEH-30M-1A 30-pint 121510 through 111011
SG-DEH-30M-1L2 30-pint 010510 through 071512
SG-DEH-30M-1R2 30-pint 010510 through 071512
SG-DEH-45-1 45-pint 010210 through 071512
SG-DEH-45-1A 45-pint 121510 through 111011
SG-DEH-45-2 45-pint 032711 through 050712
SG-DEH-50-2 50-pint 010712 through 010712
SG-DEH-70-1 70-pint 010210 through 071512
SG-DEH-70-1A 70-pint 121510 through 111011
SG-DEH-70-2 70-pint 032711 through 050712
SG-DEH-70-2S2 70-pint 032711 through 050712
Incidents/Injuries

The firms have received reports of 325 incidents, including 71 fires and $2,725,000 in property damage.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact Gree to receive a refund.

Sold at

AAFESHH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, Sears and other stores nationwide and in Canada, and online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com, from January 2005 through August 2013 for between $110 and $400.

Importer

Airwell of France; CNA of Wood Dale, Ill.; Danby of Ontario, Canada;  De’Longhi of Italy; Frigidaire, of Charlotte, N.C.; Gree USA Sales Ltd. of City of Industry, Calif.; IRP of Pineville, N.C.; MJC America Ltd. dba Soleus International Inc. of Walnut, Calif.; and Sunrise of Quebec, Canada.

Manufacturer

Gree Electric Appliances, of China

Manufactured in

China

 To learn more, visit  http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Gree-Recalls-12-Brands-of-Dehumidifiers/

Can I kill mold with bleach?

Can I kill mold with bleach?

Yes you can use bleach to kill mold, and lions and tigers and bears and humans and pets too. Bleach is poisonous and toxic. You can use bleach to kill any number of living organisms. However, it is not a good choice for killing mold.

Find out how EZ Breathe helps remove mold from your home.

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Does this mean that Mom was wrong about Bleach?

Mom taught us that the answer to mold problems has always been bleach. “Spray it on, cover your eyes, hold your breath and run away from the toxic fumes.” Mold and mildew have already compromised our Indoor Air Quality. Bleach, or more specifically chlorine bleach, is a respiratory irritant. Introducing bleach into an indoor environment that is already polluted from a mold infestation is not a good idea.

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Exposure to Chlorine Bleach can cause the following symptoms:

  • Airway irritation &Wheezing
  • Difficult breathing
  • Sore throat & Cough
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation & burning

The severity of health effects depends on the degree and length of exposure.

The Most Important Reason to not use Bleach to kill Mold

When you use bleach to kill mold, although the mold would disappear, it was only days or weeks before it was back again. The biggest reason you don’t want to use is after it kills the existing mold it creates new mold. How does the bleach do that?  Because it is diluted with water and water is one necessary component for creating mold growth.

What happens when you spray some chlorinated bleach on the wall is that the bleach kills the mold and the water that has diluted the bleach soaks into the wall. So the bleach has killed the mold but now you have a wet wall, just like the one that caused the mold growth in the first place. A few days to a few weeks later the mold returns.

With mold, what you can see is only the tip of the iceberg. 10% of Mold you see… 90% of Mold is microscopic. Most of the suspended airborne particles are too small to see; yet small enough to be respired (breathed into the lungs) which causes damage to your home, sickness and disease in people and pets. These invisible particles are a serious health risk concern.

How do you control mold?

Natural enemies to mold growth are sunlight and ventilation. While it may be impossible to bring direct sunlight to certain areas of your home like the basement, crawl space and attic you can increase ventilation.

When it comes to removing humidity and water vapor you need a ventilation system that works year round. The E-Z Breathe Ventilation System is a better than a dehumidifier because it works 12 months a year and not just in the warmest months. This whole house ventilation system is a device that expels the dampest, most humid & contaminated air from your home to the outside. It replaces the humid air with fresher air from the upper floors four to six times per day automatically with no bucket to empty or filter to replace.

Interested in how EZ Breathe can help you reduce mold in your home? Check out our mold page and learn more today!

EZ Breathe Recognized as an EPA Indoor airPLUS Partner!

EZ Breathe Recognized as an EPA Indoor airPLUS Partner!

We’re so excited to be a new partner in the EPA Indoor airPLUS program!

For information on the balanced air ventilation system, click here.

So, what is the airPLUS program?

EPA created Indoor airPLUS to help builders meet the growing consumer preference for homes with improved indoor air quality. Indoor airPLUS builds on the foundation of EPA’s ENERGY STAR requirements for new homes and provides additional construction specifications to provide comprehensive indoor air quality protections in new homes.

Indoor airPLUS is a companion label to ENERGY STAR. Together, these programs provide comprehensive health protections. Homes built to earn the Indoor airPLUS label include features to reduce contaminants that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including mold, moisture, radon, carbon monoxide, toxic chemicals and more.

What does that mean?

Simply put, it means that EZ Breathe will continue making the products that keep your home’s air healthy, ventilated, and safe for your family while improving comfort while at home and minimizing pollutants.

Want to learn more?

You can read about the EPA Indoor airPLUS program at the Official EPA Indoor airPLUS website.

April is National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

E●Z Breathe Offers a Breath of Fresh Air for Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

Home Ventilation System Provides Relief from Environmental Irritants

See how EZ Breathe can help provide clean air for those with asthma.

Asthma and allergies are at epidemic proportions this spring. Asthma, a serious life-threatening respiratory disease, affects over 20 million individuals while allergies affect as many as 40 million Americans. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the number of Americans with these two chronic conditions has at least doubled in the last twenty years. Currently, there are around 60 million people who suffer from either allergies or asthma and this number is on the rise. May is known as the peak time for seasonal allergies with pollen counts skyrocketing and sufferers seeking relief. Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month was put into effect to create awareness about these conditions and educate the public about ways minimize exposure. Understanding these health risks, the E●Z Home Ventilation System, (www.ezbreathe.com) seeks to help families improve the quality of air in the homes during the month of May.The development of asthma and allergies can be caused by several factors including genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors. Although there is no cure at this time, asthma and allergies can be controlled through medical treatment as well as management of environmental factors. Awareness and prevention are the best defense against asthma and allergies. It is important for people to become aware of the triggers that can lead to allergy and asthma attacks and to minimize exposure to them. The most common allergy triggers include pollen, dust mites, mildew and mold, pet dander, smoke, cleaning products, and fragrances. EZ Breathe combats all of these issues by exhausting harmful contaminants in the air and replacing it with fresh ventilated air from outside.

Studies have indicated that home intervention in the form of a ventilation system is an effective, preventative approach to asthma and allergy symptoms. The E●Z Breathe Home Ventilation System improves quality of air within the home significantly, making it a safer, healthier place for the entire family. EZ Breathe is designed to ridthe home of harmful moisture and humidity, not re-circulate polluted air. EZ Breathe ventilates by drawing moist, stale, contaminated air out of the home, replenishes by replacing moist air with fresh dry air and regulates airflow to reach and maintain a desired level of humidity.

In addition to the unpleasant effects of asthma and allergies, the costs involved are significant. According to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the annual cost for asthma treatment is estimated at nearly $5,000 per person. The E●Z Breathe Home Ventilation System offers families the option of making a onetime investment towards their family’s health.

“It is very important for people to become aware of what pollutants are in the air that they breathe every day since these contaminants can trigger allergic reactions and/or asthma attacks” states Erika Lacroix, President of E●Z Breathe. “EZ Breathe offers a simple solution to improve indoor air quality and reduce the risk of illness related to indoor air pollution.”

 

USA today, April 12, 2010

http://www.webmd.com/asthma/features/lowering-costs-asthma-treatment

Is Your Home A Moisture Trap?

Is Your Home A Moisture Trap?

As featured in the September 2008 issue of Southern Neighbor, EZ Breathe can help reduce moisture in your home and crawlspace and improve ventilation in your home.

Read the full article in the attached PDF – Is your home a moisture trap?

Check out our Crawlspace Conditioner Ventilation System, the best way to avoid turning your home into a moisture trap.

If you want to see how the EZ Breathe Ventilation System can help with moisture in your home, click here.