Human Health

Many of the most fervent supporters of green building are people with acquired chemical sensitivities and other environmental illnesses. Modern buildings can make us sick. The mainstream press carries frequent stories of cancers and respiratory problems linked to formaldehyde-based glues, plastics, paints, asbestos, and fiberglass, to name a few culprits. The toxicity of these materials has an impact on everyone associated with them: the workers in the factories and warehouses, the builders on the construction site, and the inhabitants of the end products. [1d]

Natural materials such as stone, wood, straw, and earth, on the other hand, are not only non-toxic, they can be life-enhancing. Clay, one of the most useful natural building materials, is also prized for its ability to absorb toxins and restore health. [1d]