This course will review the limitations of employing a hazard-only materials selection decision-making process and describe how to evaluate materials and ingredients based on multiple attributes. The course includes an overview of the various tools, guidance and considerations available to help builders, architects and designers weigh options and understand the impacts and trade-offs associated with materials selection decisions.
This article will review basic concepts that could change how you look at materials and your materials specification processes. It begins with understanding the differences between hazard, exposure and risk or danger – the importance of considering product use and exposure and the limitations of using a hazard-only decision making process when selecting building materials. This article also will describe some tools, guidance and resources available for evaluating products and materials to help achieve both a high quality construction project, and one that is safe for building occupants. Finally, this article will provide information to help you use building materials safely.
This article highlights how chemistry enhances performance of key products in the building industry to meet the expectations of architects, designers, commercial builders and building occupants. This learning unit also addresses concerns around chemicals used in building and construction and reviews the distinct differences between risk, hazard and exposure when it comes to chemicals in building products. Finally, this article addresses the future of chemicals and building materials, along with the challenges of introducing new products, and how chemistry will continue to provide enhanced products in the building industry.
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