This section briefly reviews the major health hazards associated with building materials according to three principal stages of the construction cycle, namely: the production of building materials, construction and maintenance, and occupancy. Furthermore, the section appraises the health hazards associated with five groups of potentially harmful and commonly Used materials, namely: asbestos, metals, solvents, insecticides and fungicides and earthen materials. Radon emission and its effect on health has been discussed as many of the building materials contain radium and so exhale radon which is a health hazard. An overview on the health impacts of wastes resulting from building materials has also been made. Finally, Table 19 provides a summary of building materials, their areas of application, related health hazards, substitute materials and mitigation strategies.
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