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Buildings can make people ill unless ^reat care is taken to select and detail materials so as to avoid toxic effects.

1. The toxicitv of materials used in j construction is coming under increasing regulation at all levels of government. Specific laws relate to lead paint, asbestos in all its forms, such preservatives as creosote and pentachlorphenol, formaldehyde emissions from insulat-

:ng foam and wood panel products, and hydrocarbon solvents that evaporate from coatings and adhesives.

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