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Thursday, April 04, 2024

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In the difficulty of building management, asbestos has long been the shadow lurking in the corners, a silent threat with the potential to cause harm on health and finances alike.

However, amidst the uproar for removal and replacement, there exists a lesser-known gem—managing asbestos in place.

In this episode I'll bring to light how it's not just a solution; it's a new opportunity, offering many benefits that transcend the conventional wisdom of removal and replacement.

Understanding the Dilemma:

When faced with the threat of asbestos, the knee-jerk reaction is often to rid oneself of it entirely.

However, this approach can be like throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

Removal and replacement are not only disruptive but can also incur significant direct and indirect costs, both financial and environmental.

The Illusion of Hard Barriers:

One method often touted for managing asbestos is the use of hard barriers.

While theoretically sound, implementing such measures is a daunting task fraught with challenges.

Not only do hard barriers require meticulous installation, but they also pose practicality issues, especially in structures where accessibility is limited and flexibility is needed.

Because they are not directly applied to the asbestos and do not fully adhere to it, they can only create dead air space that may release asbestos fibers into that space.

Moreover, their effectiveness can diminish over time, leaving the asbestos menace still lurking beneath the surface.

Enter the Right Green Coatings:

In contrast to the cumbersome nature of hard barriers, managing asbestos in place with the right green coatings presents hope.

The right innovative green coatings not only encases asbestos fibers effectively by being fluid applied and directly adhering to the asbestos containing material but also offer a host of advantages that extend beyond containment.

The application process is simple, akin to painting a wall, making it accessible even to those without specialized expertise.

They make it possible to manage the asbestos in areas that a person cannot fit by using special spray wands and adjustable tips to gain access into tight, small areas.

Unveiling the Advantages:

The advantages of managing asbestos in place with the right green coatings are numerous.

Firstly, it's a cost-effective solution that eliminates the need for extensive removal and replacement procedures, saving both time and money.

Additionally, the simplicity of application reduces downtime, allowing for seamless integration into ongoing operations.

Moreover, by preserving and restoring existing structures, it contributes to sustainability efforts by minimizing waste generation and reducing the carbon footprint associated with removal, replacement and demolition.

Beyond the Balance Sheet:

While the direct cost savings are undeniable, the true value of managing asbestos in place transcends monetary metrics.

By avoiding the disruption of removal and replacement, it preserves the control of spaces and maintains continuity in daily activities—a priceless commodity in any setting.

Furthermore, it safeguards the health and well-being of occupants by preventing the release of asbestos fibers into the environment, ensuring peace of mind for all stakeholders involved.

To Sum It Up:

In the realm of asbestos management, the difference between removal and containment has long been debated.

However, the standard is shifting, with managing asbestos in place emerging as a viable and advantageous alternative.

By harnessing the power of the right green coatings, we can unlock a treasure trove of benefits—from cost savings to environmental stewardship—all while safeguarding our spaces and the health of our communities.

When dealing with asbestos, it's crucial to avoid creating additional hazards with the materials used for sealing and managing in-place.

Opting for the right long-term green coatings entails ensuring they possess the following qualities:

- Zero VOCs for a safer environment

- Absence of offensive odors

- No ODS to prevent ozone depletion

- Non-toxic composition

- Water-based for effortless cleanup

- Biodegradable for environmental friendliness

- Sustainable for both interior and exterior applications

- Renewable with simple recoating for extended service life

- Class A fire rating for enhanced safety

- Waterproof to provide reliable protection

- Breathable to allow moisture vapor to pass through without trapping it

- Resistant to impact, abuse, chemicals, and UV light for long-term performance

- Extremely flexible with superior elongation to accommodate surface movement –

- Easy application methods such as brushing, rolling, or spraying

- Compatibility with fire codes to maintain safety standards

- Compliance with building and environmental regulations

- Supported by extensive testing from accredited third-party laboratories

- Guaranteed for at least 20 years

The right green coatings form a seamless, waterproof membrane, ensuring toughness, durability, flexibility, and renewability.

They effectively address crossover issues, such as waterproofing roofs containing asbestos, while promoting safe long-term sustainability for both interior and exterior surfaces, including roofs.

It's time to embrace the change and seize the opportunities that managing asbestos in place affords us.

After all, hidden within the challenges lies the potential for transformation.

“Within every adversity is the seed of an equal or greater opportunity.” - Napoleon Hill -American Self-Help Author

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