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Construction that kills the environment


If you are thinking of home refurbishing, pay attention to the products you use. The law could forbid them! From July 2013, according to new European legislation, a labeling procedure will be mandatory for i hazardous building materials.

The current legislation does not 100% protect the safety of citizens who may unwittingly purchase and use a product that is highly toxic to their health and that of the environment.

The new standard provides that the dangerous substances are explicitly reported, as per the 2006 REACH regulation. It will be the responsibility of the Commission to provide information on substances, including recycling or reuse practices hazardous materials for man and the environment.

Thanks to this provision, greater protection of the environment and health will result, increasing the safety not only of workers in the construction sector, but also of those who will use the structures built.
L'"International Living Future Institute" has compiled a list of harmful materials to be disposed of due to their environmental hazard or negative health effects: it can be a useful guide for anyone interested in home refurbishing in an ecological way.

Unfortunately, there are still products on the market that are harmful to humans and the environment. For these products, the current legislation has prohibited their use (PVC is an example), but their sale has not been prohibited, in fact these products are still widely used both directly and indirectly - because perhaps a harmful substance is found in a seemingly harmless product -.

If you are thinking of home refurbishing, carefully avoid using one or more toxic materials for the environment. Our editorial team has compiled a list for you. Rather, favor environmentally friendly building materials.

Carcinogenic products and harmful to humans and the environment:
Actinolite, present in white asbestos.
Distillates (petroleum) light and heavy naphthenic fractions.
Distillates (petroleum) light and heavy paraffinic fractions.
Wood powders.
Radon and its decay products.
Distillates (petroleum) light and heavy naphthenic fractions.
Distillates (petroleum) light and heavy paraffinic fractions.
Crystalline silica.
Actinolite.
Asbestos: used as an insulator and outlawed in Italy since 1992. Unfortunately, Eternity is still widespread, responsible bodies and every single citizen should launch campaigns for the remediation of asbestos.
Lead chromate.
Erionite.
Soot produced by the combustion of diesel fuel such as those emitted by the combustion of kerosene, wood, coal and fuel oil.
Acrylamide.
Vinyl fluoride.
Fiberglass.
Carbon black.
Arc welding with electrode.
Welding fumes: during electric arc welding or with oxyacetylene flame in metal carpentry work: dangerous for inhalation of toxic substances (CO, O3, NOx, Fe, Ni and Cr).
Polyurethane resins: used as polyurethane foams in the insulation of foundations, walls, roof cavities, floors, etc.
Adhesive products (containing emulsions of acetate, bitumen or synthetic rubber, epoxy resins, polyurethane resins, polyester resins) which are commonly used by those who install carpets, ceramic floors, wood or panels for walls and ceilings.
Paints and varnishes for sealing, painting and grouting which contain benzene, styrene, xylol formaldehyde, lead, cadmium, zinc and phthalates.
The resins which contain epoxy, polyurethane substances.
Bitumen, tar and pitch used in hot waterproofing and asphalting operations
with the presence of IPA ( polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). The Light IPAs they are ubiquitous pollutants which, due to their solubility in water, can lead to polluting groundwater.
PVC, which in addition to being already toxic, turns into dioxin when burned with waste

Others harmful materials for the environment are those used in treatments for wood based on Creosotes, arsenic orpentachlorophenol.

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