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Cheryl Ciecko, AIA, ALA, LEED AP is a licensed architect who improves the health of people by helping them avoid toxin exposure in their buildings.  Cheryl also shares information on a variety of other potential toxin impacts affecting health, including food, products, water quality, and air quality.  Individual consulting is available upon request.


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Toxins in Structural Wood Products

June 18, 2016


There's lots of toxins in our environment...and lots of misinformation on the internet and elsewhere, about them...especially the ones found in building materials. Air quality can be affected by VOCs (Volitile Organic Compounds).


"Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects."…/volatile-organic-compounds-impact-ind…


In manufactured wood products, the biggest concern is urea formaldehyde. This is often found in highly processed, interior wood products. It is NOT usually found in engineered structural wood building materials, despite common misinformation to the contrary.


This table, published in the APA Technical Note: Formaldehyde and Engineered Wood Products ‪#‎J330‬ summarizes North American engineered wood products. Note Urea Formaldehyde is not found in these structural wood products.


This document is also relevant on the topic of Formaldehyde.  Note the emphasis on interior and hardwood engineered wood products containing Urea Formaldehyde.

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