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By: Mike Sat, 21 Mar 2009 04:44:19 +0000 Hello Ken,

In your exploration of indoor air quality issues, have you come across any data, or ever read any opinions on the affects of buffing and burnishing floors to maintain floor finish?

When it comes to indoor air quality it seems as though most of the focus is on VOC content in regards to chemicals and materials, which is good of course, but is it maybe short sighted?

Floors are rarely a truly clean surface. Even after a floor was just mopped in a hospital or school, would most people consider it to be clean? With all of the potential contaminants residing on floors, buffing and burnishing simply kicks that all up into the air only to be spread through the air handling systems and settle on multiple surfaces and touch points in a building.

The practice of buffing and burnishing is simply to temorarily restore the shine and remove fine scratches that occur in common floor finishes. People should look for finishes that do a better job of resisting scratches and maintaining their appearance.

Finishing floors with conventional finishes, even if they are “green”, is really just putting lipstick on a pig. Would be interested in reading your opinions from an EPA perspective.

By: Allisha Tue, 03 Feb 2009 02:22:33 +0000 we are planning on starting an energy auditing company. I am looking to find out about government programs, both federal and state level. I am hoping you can point me in the right direction. Currently I have done a lot of reading on energy star programs and know that I need a blower door to produce 50pa of negative pressure and a thermal imaging camera. Currently we are looking at the FLIR B60, FLIR B200 and FLIR B250.

Any opinions on equipment as well as federal and state programs would be of great appreciation.

By: Dan Tate Tue, 14 Oct 2008 23:55:17 +0000 Hi Ken,

You should do a post on concrete floors and indoor air quality. Seems like it is your expertise.

Nice idea for a blog I have enjoyed the resource.


By: Ken Sandler Fri, 05 Sep 2008 14:42:05 +0000 Thanks for a very good question. This brings up the issue of the overlap of two major issues, both covered by EPA programs: green building and smart growth. Our smart growth program is all about making our communities both greener and more livable, including the issues of neighborhood cohesion and aesthetics that you raised. Please check out EPA’s program at:

We are working to coordinate our approaches to green building and smart growth and I may well devote a future diary to this topic. Stay tuned!

By: N.J. SLABBERT Tue, 26 Aug 2008 15:57:17 +0000 Dear Mr Sandler
I think you have raised a very important question above, ie how far you need to go to be called green. This takes us to the issue of defining green. Since “green” in this context is generally taken to mean a building’s suitability to its environment, I would be interested to know whether you think suitability to social and historical environment should be regarded as part of its measure of environmental sensitivity. In other words, can a building be called environmentally effective if it is, for example, energy-efficient but is not widely considered to fit well into the established character of its neighborhood, perhaps even being perceived as a visually marring presence. An ultra-modern building in an historical enclave would be a good illustration.
Thank you for your thoughtful commentary.
Good wishes
N.J. Slabbert