Excerpt: "The primary aim of this report was to develop a list of substances in our environment that are linked to asthma in an effort to improve awareness of the causes of the disease and inform decision-making in the design and construction of buildings and the specification of building products. The list was compiled by analysis of eight lists published by government agencies, academic sources, and third-party regulatory agencies, which this report will herein refer to simply as our sources. From this compilation we concluded that a wide variety of substances - 374 total- have been linked to asthma. A subset of these are commonly used in the design and construction of buildings, and thus alternatives should be sought when possible. As there are no known thresholds for safe levels of exposure to asthmagens, precaution is necessary to prevent asthma caused or triggered by these substances."
Healthy Environments: A Compilation of Substances Linked to Asthma, Perkins+Will, for National Institutes of Health, Office of Research Facilities, Division of Environmental Protection, June 2011, released 2012
RBc: No matter what part of the building industry you are from; as an occupant, a carpenter or manufacturer, this report is for you and your health. As we have said for well over a decade, environments can be healing or harmful – it can be your choice.
Current State of the Science: Health Effects and Indoor Environmental Quality, Environ Health Perspect. 2007 June; 115(6): 958–964. Published online 2007 January 25. doi: 10.1289/ehp.8987