Particleboard – NE Forest Products http://neforestproducts.com/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 04:55:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://neforestproducts.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Particleboard – NE Forest Products http://neforestproducts.com/ 32 32 This Indian startup wants to sell computers as a subscription service https://neforestproducts.com/this-indian-startup-wants-to-sell-computers-as-a-subscription-service/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 04:55:04 +0000 https://neforestproducts.com/this-indian-startup-wants-to-sell-computers-as-a-subscription-service/ Early last year, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Selligion Technologies co-founders Naman Chakraborty, Yoshita Sengupta, Joby John and Puneet Raheja observed how smartphones that initially promised to Closing the Covid learning gap for kids was far from the computer replacement they thought it would be. This led to the idea of ​​developing “Praho”, […]]]>

Early last year, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Selligion Technologies co-founders Naman Chakraborty, Yoshita Sengupta, Joby John and Puneet Raheja observed how smartphones that initially promised to Closing the Covid learning gap for kids was far from the computer replacement they thought it would be. This led to the idea of ​​developing “Praho”, a child-friendly, cloud-based computer that will be available on a monthly subscription basis before the end of the year, lowering the barrier of entry for consumers by subsidizing the cost. equipment.

“Indians might not pay for app but they have been paying for cable tv since 90s then they changed and did it for Tata sky”, COO Sengupta explains the model’s rationale subscription for Praho and why it might work in India. “I don’t think the subscription model is a problem in India as long as a service or product offers good value for money,” she said. indianexpress.com in an interview.

Praho has a square base and triangular sides. (Image credit: Selligion Technologies)

The consumer PC market is crowded, but the Mumbai-based startup is betting on a unique sales pitch it hopes will become a trailblazer and expand PC penetration, among the lowest in the world. The company will charge Rs 399 per month to allow people to subscribe to a computer. However, they would have to pay Rs 3600 in one-time payment as a deposit.

In the consumer electronics space, the subscription model is still new and something that many companies don’t. GoPro has tried the model and initial reception has been encouraging. But Sengupta thinks they’re solving a larger problem of “mainstreaming” PCs that hasn’t happened in India despite promises made by PC brands and chipmakers in the past.

It is fair to say that for many Indians, a smartphone is the default computing device due to the accessibility afforded by affordable mobile data plans and the falling cost of hardware. “People who have smartphones don’t have computers because they can’t afford them. Not because they don’t want it,” adds John, adding that price is the main barrier preventing an average Indian consumer from buying a PC.

Praho, Cloud Computer Praho, Cloud Computer India, Subscription Based Computer, Windows Cloud Operating System, Selligion Technologies The hand-cut cardboard case of the Praho device at the start of the project. (Image credit: Selligion Technologies)

The question of why PCs haven’t taken off like smartphones in India has gone unanswered for a decade now. Sengupta says smartphone boom since 2017 is due to Reliance [Jio] understood the price treatment of an average Indian from a budgeting perspective. “The problem here may be that the entry barrier is Rs 20,000 which may not work for a parent who has to choose between a guardian, school fees, bus fare and a uniform “, Sengupta said.

She hopes a monthly model where the customer can pay a one-time fee and get access to the computer is what’s needed to bring computers to the masses. “All we are doing right now, to start with, is lowering the entry barrier and the exit barrier to Rs 399,” she added.

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Work on Praho began when Chakraborty created the first prototype of the device on cardboard after the second lockdown. The device’s current shape is triangular, and Sengupta says that might change when the PC begins to become commercially available. The computer measures 20 centimeters and weighs only 175 grams. Chakraborty wanted his first consumer computer to look different, which Jony Ive also did when designing the iMac G3, which was more of a statement with its translucent transparent plastic design. “We wanted to differentiate ourselves in terms of visibility; it’s literally like a shelf in a supermarket,” says Sengupta on why Praho has an unconventional design.

John says the experience of using Praho will be no different from that of a traditional computer. (Image credit: Selligion Technologies)

In the initial design phase, Chakraborty and his team worked on several prototypes and tried out different materials. “We drew the device by hand, cut it out of chipboard and made a version of it,” she says. But one parent’s comments were that the edges were too sharp for a child to handle the device and Sengupta admits not everyone liked it. The team was back on the drawing board, this time with the intention of making the device safe for children. The team then got a 3D printed prototype from Goregaon at a cost of Rs 4 lakh.

Sengupta and John are reluctant to disclose the processor that will power Praho due to the current shortage of semiconductors which has made it very difficult for companies to source chips at scale. Internally, the startup tested Praho with a Raspberry Pi, which is a great on-board computer board for education and prototyping. “Raspberry Pi had a supply chain issue, and they’re not very consistent with how much they make,” she explains, adding that the company is already testing the device with different manufacturers and vendors. single board computers (SBC).

The prototype version of Praho made from MDF parts. (Image credit: Selligion Technologies)

On the software side, things get really interesting. “We tested two versions of Praho, one has a custom Linux OS in the local machine, which can work without internet. Then we wanted to see the reaction to Windows Cloud OS,” Sengupta reveals

But what does a cloud-based computer really mean? “Put in your phone number, receive an OTP, and get access to a Windows Cloud device,” she explains in simple terms. But John admits there are challenges for a CloudOS, which is a dual version of the cloud that relies solely on the internet, which could be a problem in a market like India. “A cloud service operating system is not what India or we want to build, first we want to make sure the device works, is easy to use and is not expensive…

The true cost of using a cloud-based computer versus a completely offline PC for a day is completely different,” he adds.
Sengupta and other co-founders of Selligion Technologies took on the challenge of designing and building a computer from scratch when there were hardly any local PC brands left in India.

“Getting into hardware is a capital-intensive business,” admits Sengupta, adding that it can be difficult to win over VCs and secure funding if you’re manufacturing hardware in India. “Construction equipment is not sexy from an investment point of view; it’s not very fast, in terms of scale that’s what they [VCs] believe,” she said.

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Current and future analysis of the engineered wood market with new business strategies and forecasts by 2030 https://neforestproducts.com/current-and-future-analysis-of-the-engineered-wood-market-with-new-business-strategies-and-forecasts-by-2030/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 13:16:00 +0000 https://neforestproducts.com/current-and-future-analysis-of-the-engineered-wood-market-with-new-business-strategies-and-forecasts-by-2030/ engineered wood market The global engineered wood market size was valued at USD 321771.16 million in 2021 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.78% from 2022 to 2030. SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA, Nov. 18, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Global Engineered Wood Market Research Report provides key analysis on the state of the Engineered […]]]>

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The global engineered wood market size was valued at USD 321771.16 million in 2021 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.78% from 2022 to 2030.

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✤ Binderholz GmbH
✤ Wooded Waterfall
✤ Georgia-Pacific (Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC)
✤ HASSLACHER Holding GmbH
✤ Havewoods India Pvt Ltd
✤ Huber Engineered Woods LLC
✤ KLH Massivholz Wiesenau GmbH
✤ Kronoplus Limited
✤ Louisiana Pacific Corporation
✤ Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG
✤ Norbord Inc.
✤ NORDIC STRUCTURES
✤ Pacific Woodtech Corporation
✤ Resolute Forest Products
✤ Roseburg
✤ Stora Enso
✤ West Fraser
✤ Weyerhaeuser Company

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Appearance Charts Future Industry Market, Key Players and Trends Analysis Report 2022-2028 – The C-Drone Review https://neforestproducts.com/appearance-charts-future-industry-market-key-players-and-trends-analysis-report-2022-2028-the-c-drone-review/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 04:05:05 +0000 https://neforestproducts.com/appearance-charts-future-industry-market-key-players-and-trends-analysis-report-2022-2028-the-c-drone-review/ MarketandResearch.biz released a report titled Global billboard market from 2022 to 2028 which is filled with imperative market information, aimed at helping clients make accurate trading decisions. The report reviews the many aspects of the industry such as market size, market status, market trends and forecast (2022-2028). The report aims to arm the readers of […]]]>

MarketandResearch.biz released a report titled Global billboard market from 2022 to 2028 which is filled with imperative market information, aimed at helping clients make accurate trading decisions. The report reviews the many aspects of the industry such as market size, market status, market trends and forecast (2022-2028). The report aims to arm the readers of the report with a conclusive judgment on the potential of the mentioned factors that propel the growth of the Global Appearance Panels Market.

An analysis of the competitive landscape of the global Display Panels market is provided in the report. The research includes the products developed and the strategies they adopt. Organization-related data such as sales by manufacturers were also mentioned. The report offers data related to the company’s pricing patterns as well as gross margins.

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The Pros and Cons of Buying Home Decor from IKEA https://neforestproducts.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-buying-home-decor-from-ikea/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 17:53:00 +0000 https://neforestproducts.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-buying-home-decor-from-ikea/ While many people appreciate the convenience of e-commerce sites, IKEA is well known and still attracts countless in-person shoppers. The first half of each store is laid out like a maze, guiding you through different showrooms with displays of furniture and decorative items. As you progress, you will eventually find yourself in the warehouse, where […]]]>

While many people appreciate the convenience of e-commerce sites, IKEA is well known and still attracts countless in-person shoppers. The first half of each store is laid out like a maze, guiding you through different showrooms with displays of furniture and decorative items. As you progress, you will eventually find yourself in the warehouse, where all the items are stored. This makes in-person shopping somewhat time-consuming and possibly exhausting. However, it also allows you to see the products up close and personal in a functional setting.

Conversely, if you didn’t want to engage in person or just don’t want to deal with the labyrinthine furniture store, there is always the option of shopping online. In addition, you have the option of having products delivered to your home or picking them up directly nearby.

The big-box outlet also periodically offers discounts on online orders and delivery (via IKEA). Delivery is also ideal if you plan to buy a lot of items, as IKEA does not offer bags at checkout. Whether you prefer to shop the traditional way and in person, from the comfort of your home, or a mix of the two, IKEA has plenty of options for you.

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Risky Financing Harms Financial and Housing Stability of Manufactured Home Buyers https://neforestproducts.com/risky-financing-harms-financial-and-housing-stability-of-manufactured-home-buyers/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 17:45:00 +0000 https://neforestproducts.com/risky-financing-harms-financial-and-housing-stability-of-manufactured-home-buyers/ About 7 million home buyers in the United States currently use alternative real estate financing – in which buyers make payments directly to sellers, using instruments such as land deeds, seller-financed mortgages, deeds of lease-purchase and personal home loans. While these arrangements may work for some homebuyers, they are generally riskier and more expensive than […]]]>

About 7 million home buyers in the United States currently use alternative real estate financing – in which buyers make payments directly to sellers, using instruments such as land deeds, seller-financed mortgages, deeds of lease-purchase and personal home loans. While these arrangements may work for some homebuyers, they are generally riskier and more expensive than mortgages. In some cases, sellers do not release the deed or title to buyers until final payment is made. This means buyers may be treated as tenants instead of owners and may have difficulty demonstrating legal ownership of the property. Additionally, these arrangements can complicate important issues such as the buyer’s or seller’s responsibility for home maintenance and repairs.

This first in a series of interviews with alternative finance borrowers is with Martha, who, along with her brother and son, purchased a manufactured home in Gun Barrel City, Texas using a seller financing arrangement. . She asked that her last name not be used.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Q: How did you meet the seller and reach a seller financing agreement?

A: In 2018, I was living in Dallas and visiting my sister and her church on weekends in Gun Barrel City, about an hour away. I got really involved in the church, so I decided to move to Gun Barrel City and make it our home church. I needed to find a place that would offer seller financing because my credit was terrible. And I wanted to have a place to leave my son, because after I die he won’t have a place to go.

I found the house in a newspaper, advertised with “owner financing”. The house was on the seller’s land and he said he was going to sell the land with the house. The land was huge, with a fence, in a very nice area, and the idea was that one day we would own the land. I called the seller and he seemed to want to help me since I was a widow. I thought, “I like this guy.” Before I knew it, my son and I were moving in.

Q: What were the terms of the arrangement?

A: Honestly, I don’t know how we decided on the price. The seller was selling it for $60,000, but then changed the price to $68,000. Since I received no documentation from him, I never found out what the price was until later when I called him and asked him for the sale price.

The payment was $800 total per month, including insurance and property taxes, which the seller paid. The interest rate was two points something. And he asked that we pay him by taking money to the bank and putting it in his account.

Q: How was the house after you moved in?

A: The seller did not think an inspection was necessary. I didn’t ask any questions because I had never bought a house before and no one was there to help me; I thought, “I guess he knows since he’s the salesman.” I could only hope I was doing the right thing. I was rushed into everything, and it was a big mistake.

Six months after we moved in, the ground started to crumble. The salesman blamed us and said, “It’s because your brother is in a wheelchair in there. But my brother was not.

Then my bedroom roof started leaking and the rain started dripping through the ceiling fan. I couldn’t find anyone to fix it, so my son went up there and took the fan apart. He discovered that the insulation was moldy, which must have taken years. Later, I started having a lot of skin problems and coughing really, really hard. I think they just glued the cabinets to the wall and started falling off after about a year. Everything else started to fall apart over the next three to six months.

Q: Who made the repairs?

A: The seller kept blaming us even though we found out that he bought the cheapest particle board he could buy for the house. Since he was keeping the deed until we finished our payments, I thought he was still obligated to fix it, so I asked him to do so. Then his property manager visited us and said, “It’s up to the landlord to sort out any issues.” It made me feel really small.

Q: What happened?

A: At first, the seller tried to buy it back from us. We had then paid nearly $30,000, but he only offered us $8,000. I refused it. I thought, “No way. I don’t spend a lot to get very little. I told him I had some good offers. That’s when he offered me $10,000, but I still I wanted to sell the house for more and thought I might have another deal in place, but unfortunately that deal didn’t work out.

Then, in September 2021, the seller just sold the house under our orders to one of these “bought as is” companies and gave the house to the new buyer even without us having signed any papers. We only got $13,000 from the transaction, but the new buyer said the seller got a lot more money. In the end we were totally scammed and harassed.

Q: How are things going today?

A: We are renting now. It is a mistake but yet a savior because after the sale of our house, we lived in motels and did not know where we would live next or how to eat; we would go to a restaurant and go broke. Then my sister found this place, and I rented it just to have a roof over our heads. Of course, I bit off more than I could chew. We pay $700 a month; my brother and I share it. It’s a big chunk of our monthly income after car payments and all the insurance and lights and everything. I really prefer to buy; so I can fix things myself. And I don’t like the area where we live.

Q: Thinking back to your home financing situation, how would you describe it to others?

A: Once burned, never again. It’s a scam. It was only recently that I discovered that if we wanted to, we could have extended the sales process. We could have waited until we found a place, but my son and I were homeless for three months after leaving home in September. We didn’t have to leave the day the seller sold the house, but I didn’t know we could do that.

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What is thatch burning and what is its impact on the environment? https://neforestproducts.com/what-is-thatch-burning-and-what-is-its-impact-on-the-environment/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 08:05:00 +0000 https://neforestproducts.com/what-is-thatch-burning-and-what-is-its-impact-on-the-environment/ Stubble burning is a common agricultural practice around the world and a major cause of air pollution. Read on to find out what stubble burning means and its impact on the environment. Stubble burning is back in the headlines after reports of increased pollution in northern India. Stubble burning is an old and outdated practice […]]]>

Stubble burning is a common agricultural practice around the world and a major cause of air pollution. Read on to find out what stubble burning means and its impact on the environment.

Stubble burning is back in the headlines after reports of increased pollution in northern India. Stubble burning is an old and outdated practice prevalent in the rice and wheat belt states of India: Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. It is the main cause of air pollution in the region, especially in the capital, New Delhi.

State governments are actively working to reduce and eventually eliminate stubble burning, but there is a long way to go. On that note, we bring you this comprehensive guide to stubble burning, its meaning, environmental impact, and alternatives.

What is thatch and why is it burned?

Stubble is the straw residue left after harvesting paddy, wheat and some other grain crops. It stays on the ground and takes a long time to break down. Thatch makes it difficult to plant seeds for the next crop and disrupts the growth cycle.

Additionally, it is inedible to humans and a poor source of fodder for animals. Thatch also has other uses, but it is expensive and most farmers cannot afford it. Thus, stubble is a nuisance to farmers, and the only viable option left to them is to burn it.

Does stubble burning have any benefits?

Stubble burning has certain advantages for farmers. It helps eliminate weeds, pests and rodents in the field. It can also reduce nitrogen buildup. However, the biggest benefit and reason behind stubble burning is economics.

Collecting stubble, transporting it and selling it is simply not worth the time, effort or money for farmers. They are already struggling with a low-income profession like farming, and adding more expenses to it is the last thing they need. Stubble burning is the quickest way to clear the field before the next planting cycle.

What is the impact of stubble burning on the environment?

Stubble burning has several harmful effects on the environment. It produces toxic gases that not only make it difficult for residents to breathe, but also contribute significantly to global warming.

Burning thatch emits pollutants like carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH4), carbon dioxide (CO2), aromatic hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which produces smog. Stubble burning is the leading cause of air pollution in many parts of the world, including New Delhi.

Stubble burning also affects soil quality. The carbon added by stubble burning and the heat it produces reduce soil fertility and increase erosion.

There is also a risk of uncontrollable fire spreading when burning stubble. Many farmers have even lost their lives there.

What are the alternatives to stubble burning?

Thatch can be used for many other purposes instead of being burned. Thatch can be processed to create biofuel or particle board. It can also be used for livestock feed after treatment, compost manure, roofing, packaging and paper.

Fast-decomposing bio-enzymes are also prevalent in some countries, which rapidly degrade stubble into manure and improve soil composition. One of these low-cost microbial bioenzymes, the Pusa decomposer, has also been developed for the Indian agricultural industry.

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Our point of view: Welcome to autumn https://neforestproducts.com/our-point-of-view-welcome-to-autumn/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 00:30:00 +0000 https://neforestproducts.com/our-point-of-view-welcome-to-autumn/ It’s an autumn paradox that when our hemisphere cools down, preparing for a long slumber, it also feels energized by the bright colors of fall foliage, with reds, oranges, yellows and greens. bursting into effervescent bursts. Movement, in terms of outdoor recreation, can also be performed more easily and vigorously without the energy-consuming heat of […]]]>

It’s an autumn paradox that when our hemisphere cools down, preparing for a long slumber, it also feels energized by the bright colors of fall foliage, with reds, oranges, yellows and greens. bursting into effervescent bursts. Movement, in terms of outdoor recreation, can also be performed more easily and vigorously without the energy-consuming heat of summer. In Winston-Salem, we noticed a burst of energy around downtown construction and development. Where much of it has slumbered or slowed down during our COVID crisis, we are now seeing earth moved and particleboard stapled in place. It’s encouraging to see this industry, this progress, and to know that our city will continue to develop in a dynamic and rewarding way.

Two projects in particular, in the heart of the city centre, showed visible progress: Merschel Park and the new Kaleideum museum.

Park development remained long enough for a hill of dirt to grow a lawn; now it has been cleared and the concrete is poured. Soon, trees and a more intentional lawn will follow, along with a 30-foot kinetic sculpture, resulting in a new park that is set to connect several prominent downtown draws.

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The multi-story Kaleideum, the result of the merger of Winston-Salem’s science and children’s museums, stands like a giant on its haunches, with workers and heavy machinery humming, a hive of activity with daily progress visible .

Tourists and residents will one day enjoy these amenities.

A little further east, the Quartier de l’Innovation is also preparing for a burst of new activity in its second phase. IQ also fell asleep after a dramatic initial transformation. But its leaders are now working towards a second phase of development that will include more residential construction as well as retail and restaurant spaces.

However, the challenges moving forward have increased, given that none of the QI’s still undeveloped 28 acres contains buildings eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits, which has helped spur growth. former. In most construction projects, prices have increased with the supply chain disruptions that have accompanied COVID. This makes construction more difficult, especially new projects.

But you can’t hold Winston-Salem.

In the meantime, the City of Arts and Innovation will benefit from a few colorful murals being created in prominent locations: one outside the Quality Mart at the corner of Broad and Fifth Streets; the other on the building on Spruce Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets. They both present historical and cultural touchstones to our thriving and vibrant city.

Nearby, at the corner of Fourth and Spruce streets, the new brick and corten steel sculpture called “Resilience – Still I Rise”, honoring science, education, innovation, technology and business, has claimed its position. We need more of this please – more city and business sponsorship. It wouldn’t hurt to take a few creative risks either, with art less rooted in tradition, leaning more towards… innovation. We are looking forward to the dandelion.

Spring might seem like a more appropriate season for those buds to spring up. But any season, under the right circumstances, can produce and promote growth. And growth leads to hope, resilience and the kind of individuality that tells the world that Winston-Salem has a unique, productive and valuable identity.

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RISE St. James raises awareness of common sources of formaldehyde exposure and potential risks | Sponsored: Rise St. James https://neforestproducts.com/rise-st-james-raises-awareness-of-common-sources-of-formaldehyde-exposure-and-potential-risks-sponsored-rise-st-james/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://neforestproducts.com/rise-st-james-raises-awareness-of-common-sources-of-formaldehyde-exposure-and-potential-risks-sponsored-rise-st-james/ Editor’s Note This article is brought to you by RISE St. James. A service program of RISE St. James; Caitlion O. Hunter, Juris Doctor, Class of 2022, Past President, Loyola Environmental Law Society; Tim Schütz, PhD Researcher, Anthropology University of California, Irvine; and the Community Scientist (TCS) research team After Hurricane Katrina, thousands of Louisianans […]]]>

A service program of RISE St. James; Caitlion O. Hunter, Juris Doctor, Class of 2022, Past President, Loyola Environmental Law Society; Tim Schütz, PhD Researcher, Anthropology University of California, Irvine; and the Community Scientist (TCS) research team

After Hurricane Katrina, thousands of Louisianans housed in FEMA trailers began complaining of respiratory problems, headaches, and other health issues. Even in the face of reports from their own field agents from 2006, FEMA failed to act. In fact, a FEMA attorney has publicly stated “Do not run any tests…Once you get the results and if they indicate a problem, time is running out for our duty to respond.” It was community organizers and ordinary families who pushed FEMA and Congress to investigate and take action to provide them with safe housing. Incredibly, these same trailers were later offered as accommodation to workers who cleaned up the BP oil spill, although FEMA knew they were still so unsafe they could never be used as accommodation again.

But formaldehyde isn’t just in FEMA trailers. It has been used in the construction of wood products, particularly the glues that hold plywood and particleboard together, for decades. While US standards have regulated the amount of formaldehyde that can be present in building materials since the 1980s, most homes still have low levels of formaldehyde. However, prefabricated homes like caravans and mobile homes continue to test at a high level. Cigarette smoke, both inhaled and secondhand, is another major source of formaldehyde. Although the use of formaldehyde in cosmetic products like nail polish and shampoo is declining, many cheaper brands continue to use it as a preservative. Formaldehyde is also used to preserve corpses for burial and scientific research.

Children exposed to high levels of formaldehyde have higher rates of asthma, chronic bronchitis and allergies. A study of plywood workers found that exposure to formaldehyde at work can lead to several respiratory symptoms, including cough, chronic bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nail technicians and other salon workers are exposed to formaldehyde in nail polish and nail hardeners. The surest way to reduce cancer risk is to limit exposure, but it can be easy to miss this stealthy killer. Although formaldehyde has a strong, unpleasant pickle odor, it must be present at concentrations of around 500 to 1000 parts per billion for the average person to smell it. Since negative health effects can occur from exposure as low as 0.06 parts per billion, below what the average person would detect, it is important to understand and identify the sources of formaldehyde. Inexpensive home tests are widely available at hardware stores or online at Amazon, and can provide instant results if you smell a chemical odor or experience headaches from furniture or cosmetics.

Formaldehyde probably already contributes to a large number of cancers in Louisiana. In Census Tract 405 of St. James Parish, where Fifth Ward Elementary School is located, exposure to formaldehyde accounts for 33.89% of the cancer risk for that census tract. According to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) Emissions Data Inventory, from 2019 through 2021, total formaldehyde emissions reported by facilities within 25 miles of the Fifth Ward Elementary School in St. James Parish was about 35 tons per year. If the Formosa Plastics project were built, it would add 25% more formaldehyde emissions than already exist, emitting an additional 8.9 tonnes per year!

Since 2015, there have been 10 accidental releases of formaldehyde at BASF, Hexion Chemical and Linde in Geismar. Those incidents in Ascension Parish alone account for 10% of formaldehyde incidents nationwide, according to data from the National Response Center.

If existing factories in Louisiana are already unable to control their formaldehyde releases, what makes LDEQ think Formosa Plastics, a company with a track record of environmental disasters, would be any different?

Despite increased regulation and some decreases seen in the face of the FEMA trailer tragedy, cancer risk from formaldehyde exposure remains an issue for nearly everyone in America. Reducing formaldehyde emissions is an important step towards reducing the risk of cancer, among other health problems. When we already need to take action in our own homes to reduce exposure to formaldehyde, why should anyone be allowed to emit more of it into the air and water?

HOW TO REDUCE THE NEED FOR FORMALDEHYDE

  • Choose a formalin- or formaldehyde-free polish (often called a 7, 9, or 10-free polish), and if you’re going to a nail salon, ask about indoor ventilation.
  • Applying a coat of paint can reduce formaldehyde emissions or “off-gassing” from walls, cabinets and furniture. VOC and ethylene glycol free paint brands include ECOS and Safecoat.
  • If you’re buying wooden furniture, look for solid wood pieces rather than particle board. “Reclaimed” wood products are environmentally friendly since they do not require the harvesting of new trees. If you are purchasing new plywood or particleboard furniture, place the furniture outside for a few days if possible to allow the formaldehyde to “let off”. Placing it indoors with strong outdoor ventilation for a few days is a good alternative.

Rise St. James is a faith-based community organization fighting for environmental justice as it works to defeat the proliferation of petrochemical industries in St. James Parish. Visit www.risestjames.org for more information.

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How the Naira Devaluation is Affecting the Nigerian Real Estate Sector https://neforestproducts.com/how-the-naira-devaluation-is-affecting-the-nigerian-real-estate-sector/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 04:40:39 +0000 https://neforestproducts.com/how-the-naira-devaluation-is-affecting-the-nigerian-real-estate-sector/ Over the past few years, the Nigerian naira has lost a lot of value, especially against major currencies such as the dollar and the pound. This led to several economic problems which exacerbated the poor state of the Nigerian economy. Across the various components of the economy, the rapid depreciation of the naira has affected […]]]>

Over the past few years, the Nigerian naira has lost a lot of value, especially against major currencies such as the dollar and the pound. This led to several economic problems which exacerbated the poor state of the Nigerian economy.

Across the various components of the economy, the rapid depreciation of the naira has affected virtually all sectors of the economy, forcing industry players to adopt survival measures in order to cope with the difficult business environment that has been the bane of many business entities.

From 580 naira/$ at the end of December 2021 to 707 naira/$ at the beginning of October 2022, the Nigerian currency has depreciated by 22.4% on the parallel market in the space of nine months. During the same period, the naira devalued from N414/$ to N425-N430/$ in the official market.

These figures underscore the challenge faced by many businesses in the context of the continued devaluation of the local currency.

Like many other sectors of the economy, the real estate industry has not been immune to this economic challenge. Given their reliance on the US dollar for various purposes, real estate professionals have been grappling with a currency crisis that ultimately led to a dramatic spike in real estate prices.

Last week, the Nigerian Institute of Building and Roads Research said that Nigeria imports around 90% of the materials used in the construction of buildings and roads across the country.

Speaking on behalf of the institute at a press conference organized by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry ahead of this month’s Property and Construction Expo 2022, the head of NIBRRI’s building materials section, Okuo Leonard, said efforts should be made to reduce the heavy imports of building materials.

He said: “We import over 90% of what we use for road and building construction. Do we have to go out to get all those things we need? »

“Look at the doors we use, we import them, while we have wood that people export illegally. They will develop the timber there, produce these doors and bring them to Nigeria and sell them to us as value-added products.

“So it’s time to consider using what we have, locating the deposits, doing research, and developing or producing most of the things we need in terms of building and road construction.”

On the other side of the fence is also the monetary challenge associated with importing this vast majority of building materials. For real estate developers, this monetary challenge has taken on a much more acute dimension, particularly over the past seven years.

This follows the Central Bank of Nigeria’s directive in 2015 to restrict currency for the importation of 41 items into the official market.

The circular issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria in July 2015 lists 41 items that have been classified as invalid for Forex.

Items on the ban list included rice, cement, margarine, palm kernel, palm oil products, vegetable oils, processed meat and meat products, processed vegetables and plant products .

Others were poultry including chicken, eggs, turkey, private planes/jets, Indian frankincense, canned fish in sauce (sardines), cold rolled steel sheets , roofing sheets, wheelbarrows, pans, metal boxes and containers, enamel utensils, steel drums, steel pipes, wire rods (deformed and undeformed), iron rods and rebar , wire mesh, steel nails, security wires and barbed wire, panels and panels of wood particles, panels and panels of wood fibers and wooden doors.

Of all the items listed, 19 (46%) were directly related to the real estate sector. These include roofing sheets, iron rods, rebar, tiles, cement, wooden doors and many more. Some of the other non-real estate items classified as invalid include rice, poultry, textiles, private jets and toothpicks.

As a result, property developers for large and small-scale projects across the country have been faced with the monumental problem of having to turn to the (more expensive) parallel market to find foreign currency to purchase their materials.

In July 2015, the naira was trading at N/$235 in the parallel market while the interbank market was worth N/$197.54. Seven years later, the naira is trading at N745, representing a depreciation of 68.08% over this period.

The continued devaluation of the currency has forced developers to regularly reassess property prices to keep up with changing realities.

While speaking in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, a former chairman of the Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists, Segun Kuti-George, said that in the process of manufacturing building materials for construction purposes, the difficulty to access the forex to import the necessary raw materials had driven up the prices of these industrial products.

He said, “In a situation where to produce, you have to use generators. The raw materials you use are imported and you buy at the current dollar rate of N726, the production cost will be high. I’ll give you a quick example. I use resin in the manufacture of my marbles and granites as a binder. Less than two years ago I was buying at N135,000. My last shipment from two months ago was N425,000 per drum.

“The pending shipment, which I will take delivery next week, is 575,000 naira per cask. What’s going to happen? My product will have to go up, otherwise I will go bankrupt. Thus, the cost of raw materials continues to increase. So all of this adds up to form what we call the cost of production. As long as the cost of production is high, the cost of fillers will also be high.

While speaking exclusively with The PUNCH, a real estate expert and founder of Michael’s Realty, Babatunde Ajibola, said that the surge in building material prices, which had been largely due to the difficulty in sourcing foreign currency, had led to a significant increase in property prices.

He said: “Some developers have this problem selling a property in their plan for N55m, for example. Incidentally, the course of the dollar then increases. The dollar is now around 745 naira since my last check. For this kind of developer, this is a huge problem. Some of these developers are unable to come back to buyers to change the original agreement. »

Another way the continued depreciation of the naira has affected the real estate sector has been through the discouragement of investment in the sector. On Thursday, October 20, 2022, a financial education platform – The Money Africa – tweeted what ultimately snowballed into a heated debate among personal finance enthusiasts who debated the merits of investing in real estate over versus saving these dollar funds over a long period of time.

The tweet read “A lady bought a house in Ikate, Lekki for 60 million naira three (3) years ago. She sold it last month to move house for N85million. The exchange rate 3 years ago was N/$360 and now in the black market where it traded at ~N/$720.

A follow-up to the tweet said: “If she had held the money in dollars, she would have had $166,000. When she converted the sale proceeds to dollars, it was $118,055. The rental income of the property was 12 million naira for the 3 years.

“The depreciation of the naira eroded the capital appreciation and rental income she earned. She lost almost $50,000 because of the financial decision she made.

Money Africa founder Oluwatosin Olaseinde, while offering investment advice to potential investors, said that over the past seven years, saving your money in dollars has provided a safer and more lucrative option than plunging those funds in real estate investments. Although many questioned this logic, a large majority of respondents agreed that investing in real estate does not have the economic potential associated with currency speculation, especially given the Nigerian situation.

In Nigeria, as well as in other parts of the world, putting money into real estate through land banks has remained a key instrument for investors for many centuries.

The general rule is that while the dynamic nature of human existence can quickly overtake existing systems, real estate is the only exception to this rule as it is not susceptible to being overtaken nor can it be removed. . However, experts believe that in a climate where the local currency is at risk of continued devaluation, investing in more stable and convertible currencies can yield more than plunging one’s funds into real estate.

In reaction, Ajibola, quoted earlier, argued that this view only made sense insofar as a particular currency would simply swing into devaluation, with no real prospect of appreciation when prevailing economic conditions were addressed. .

He further noted that there remained a significant risk in resorting to currency speculation as a form of investment instead of a more solid alternative in real estate.

He said: “A healthy investment portfolio is when you allocate your resources correctly, assessing your appetite for risk. A healthy portfolio should have low, medium and high risk, depending on how you want to manage the funds. Forex is a volatile instrument, sometimes it (depreciation) can go the other way. If you invest in real estate, you can use it as collateral, but you cannot use forex as collateral.

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Q&A with Gene Myers of Thrive Home Builders on Producing Carbon Neutral Homes https://neforestproducts.com/qa-with-gene-myers-of-thrive-home-builders-on-producing-carbon-neutral-homes/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 20:34:47 +0000 https://neforestproducts.com/qa-with-gene-myers-of-thrive-home-builders-on-producing-carbon-neutral-homes/ Courtesy of Thrive Home Builders Earlier this year, Denver-based Thrive Home Builders introduced a new construction approach to producing carbon-neutral homes. The construction method, called Thrive Carbon-Wise, focuses on reducing a home’s embodied and operational carbon and providing a product that mitigates the harmful effects of carbon on the environment. The builder will build homes […]]]>
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Earlier this year, Denver-based Thrive Home Builders introduced a new construction approach to producing carbon-neutral homes. The construction method, called Thrive Carbon-Wise, focuses on reducing a home’s embodied and operational carbon and providing a product that mitigates the harmful effects of carbon on the environment.

The builder will build homes for the first time with this construction approach in a community named Sonders in Fort Collins, Colorado, with two collections of single-level homes and one collection of townhouses. Production is expected to begin this fall.

To learn more about methods to reduce carbon emissions and how the company plans to implement this new approach, BUILDER spoke with Gene Myers, President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Thrive. In his answers, he explains the benefits of a carbon neutral home, what products and processes need to be traded in to reduce a home’s carbon output, the challenges and some recent trends in his travels abroad.

MANUFACTURER: What exactly is Thrive Carbon-Wise?

Myer: Thrive Carbon-Wise is Thrive’s innovative and proprietary building approach focused on delivering carbon neutral homes. This pioneering construction method focuses on reducing the embodied and operational carbon of homes built by Thrive. The result is the delivery of a home that reduces the harmful effects of carbon on the environment and helps fight climate change.

BUILDER: How will this benefit owners? The community?

Myer: A carbon neutral home means a healthier home for the homeowner and the environment. We have witnessed the results of climate change locally and globally. Warmer temperatures due to climate change mean a longer growing season for plants which contributes to increased pollen in the air which worsens allergies and asthma, and our healthy homes help with these airborne triggers.

Additionally, climate change as we know it today has rapidly impacted our environment and contributed to massive wildfires, fires in our metropolitan areas, and increasingly poor air quality. more mediocre. Carbon neutral homes will help reduce the impacts of climate change, one buyer and one home at a time.

BUILDER: What is the difference between embodied carbon and operational carbon, as it relates to a house and building a house?

Myer: Operational carbon consists of ongoing emissions from the operation of the home. Think about utilities. If a house is all-electric with no fossil fuels in the house, the operational carbon would be reduced by the renewable energy share of the electricity available on the grid. If the house is net zero energy, or produces its own energy through its rooftop solar panel, and fully electric, the operational carbon emissions would be zero. The operational carbon repeats each year that the house is in operation.

Embodied carbon is the total carbon emissions produced during the manufacture and installation of all parts and rooms in a home. This is a one-time impact.

BUILDER: What building processes/materials need to be changed to reduce the carbon output of a home?

Myer: To affect operational carbon, builders must go all-electric and phase out burning fossil fuels to run the home. To the extent that fossil fuels continue to be part of the electrical grid, builders can add solar panels to offset the fossil fuel component.

For embodied carbon, the worst offenders are concrete and building panels like OSB. While West Fraser in the UK has developed carbon negative OSB and particleboard, most OSB in the US is a major contributor to a new home’s embodied carbon. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded millions of dollars to national laboratories and universities to help develop carbon-negative wood products. We are testing a fiberglass foundation system that has the promise of significantly reducing our use of concrete.

BUILDER: What did Thrive replace or change to create a carbon neutral home?

Myer: Thrive has already committed to all-electric homes in some of its projects. By the end of 2023, Thrive’s goal is to be an all-electric manufacturer. Combined with the use of solar panels, our net zero energy homes will become operationally carbon neutral. To accommodate this, big changes to our homes include air source heat pumps for heating and cooling as well as heat pump water heaters.

BUILDER: How does carbon reduction go hand in hand with energy efficiency?

Myer: It is much easier and cheaper to replace typical fossil fuel appliances, such as water heaters and furnaces, if they are small in the first place. We achieve this by constructing a highly efficient building envelope. We have been doing this for many years in our quest for energy efficiency. So all the building science we employed as an energy-efficient builder complements our goal of achieving carbon neutrality.

MANUFACTURER: As one of the first production manufacturers to implement something like carbon neutral, what were some of the challenges?

Myer: Years ago, when we were learning how to be a builder of energy efficient and healthy homes, there were pioneers before us who led the way. We have connected with like-minded builders through the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance.

We also had access to training resources available through federal efficiency programs like Energy Star and DOE Zero Energy Ready Home. These programs provided us with technical and marketing support that helped us avoid costly and damaging unintended consequences as we innovated. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find similar support for achieving carbon neutrality, although several promising groups are working on the issue.

BUILDER: How did Thrive overcome these challenges?

Myer: We have found important allies such as Digibilt and MiTek to help us develop the building information modeling design to get a detailed bill of materials for our homes. With this we can reference embodied carbon databases like the EC3 database which gives us the resulting footprint of our homes. We partnered with the University of Denver to evaluate the various embodied carbon databases to determine which is the most appropriate and accurate for use by a homebuilder like Thrive. Our next step is to work with manufacturers to increase the availability of environmental product declarations that can be entered into databases to improve the accuracy of our calculations.

BUILDER: How have potential buyers reacted to buying a carbon-neutral home? Are they interested or is there a learning curve with your sales managers?

Myer: As the final price for these carbon-neutral homes is on the horizon, we think buyers will respond well to a message about home health and the environment. In fact, the city of Fort Collins, where we build carbon neutral homes, has already emphasized carbon neutral messaging. The city aims to build a healthy and sustainable community by 2050, with targets to reduce carbon by 80% by 2030 and to be fully carbon neutral by 2050. I’m proud to share that the building efforts of Thrive homes will contribute to Fort Collins goals.

As this is a new change in our approach to building, there will naturally be a learning curve for our Community Sales Managers. Thrive trains sales managers through one-on-one training sessions with Thrive’s COO and myself for sustainability purposes. They also attend training courses provided by manufacturers and sponsors.

BUILDER: After all 220 Sonders homes are built, will all Thrive homes eventually be built with the Thrive Carbon-Wise construction approach?

Myer: Our goal is that by the end of 2023, all Thrive homes will be carbon neutral.

BUILDER: Please share your recent trips to the UK and current green building trends you have witnessed. Do they have any promising building practices that US builders might want to incorporate?

Myer: It was surprising to learn that the manufacturers we met in the UK and Sweden are just starting to think about how they will continue to reduce carbon emissions. Their governments, however, are much more advanced. If I understand correctly, the UK will require a carbon reduction of around 30% in 2026. In Sweden, a builder must calculate the carbon footprint of a house before obtaining planning permission. However, Sweden has not yet imposed reduction obligations on manufacturers. Sweden seeks to compare the footprint of homes now so that future policy has a realistic basis for future reduction.

In both countries, the historical construction method was brick and block construction. Reduced carbon emissions and improvements in energy efficiency are pushing these countries to use more wood for residential construction. Since the precedent was masonry, there is no wood construction capability in the field like we do in the United States. Therefore, most wooden residential buildings are constructed using factory components or modules. While this has the potential to reduce waste and achieve high quality, cost remains a barrier, just like in the United States.

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