Arizona Green Movement Leading to Healthier Homes


When remodeling or purchasing a new home, there are many things to consider. It is an exciting time for you and your family, but it is also one that will bring additional responsibilities in your life. Moving to a green eco-friendly paradigm has become an important part of Arizona’s Real Estate market. Insuring buildings, homes and apartments are up to date is vital to the success of companies and their investments.

Commonly used to insulate pipes, roofs, floors and walls, homes built after 1980 could still harvest asbestos or other environmental defected insulation techniques. Asbestos is a form of insulation which is swiftly becoming obsolete because of environmental awareness and new protocols.

Improper insulation was used throughout the 20th century and while it is safe when enclosed or in good condition, deteriorated and disturbed asbestos can cause a slew of health problems, such as malignant mesothelioma. With a latency period that lasts 20 to 50 years, it isn’t until the later stages of progression when physicians usually are able to accurately diagnose this disease. Mesothelioma prognosis from physicians varies from patient to patient, but is usually poor.

Energy and sustainability fuel many facets of life in Tucson. A catalyst for homes, schools, industries, universities and businesses, the diversity of enterprises is driven by a common bound to move to a greener, more sustainable form of living. Not only will these methods produce a healthier lifestyle, it will save you money!

Green insulation alternatives are quickly being implemented as viable replacements to asbestos. Building green with proper insulation will save you on bills. Rather than expensive and mal-treated wood, interior walls can be made from steel and concrete, avoiding many of the problems associated with asbestos and other insulation methods. Environmentally sustainable insulations are made from recycled materials including cellulose, polyurethane foam and cotton fiber. Statistics show that the lcynene foam, for example, can cut energy costs by about 25 percent annually.

Organizations in the southwest such as Environment Arizona have been important in removal methods of asbestos and other toxic materials which serve as a threat to many people’s health.  The organization is trying to attain tax credits for people and families who generate renewable energy.