What is the problem?
Formaldehyde is present in dangerous levels in a large number of new homes built between December 2016 and July 2017. The TJI joists were manufactured using formaldehyde. People who have these TJI Joists in their homes have reported that the TJI Joists produce a strong pickle-like odor, causing severe physical reactions, including nausea, headaches, difficulty breathing, and stinging and tearing eyes.
Affected Home Locations Include
- New Jersey
- New York
On July 18, 2017, Weyerhaeuser issued a press release regarding formaldehyde dangers in its TJI Joists with Flak Jacket Protection
This release stated that a recent formula change to Weyerhaeuser’s Flak Jacket fire-protection coating has caused products with Flak Jacket to release smelly formaldehyde fumes. According to Weyerhaeuser, the odor is caused by formaldehyde-based resin, a substance that is included in TJI Joists with Flak Jacket Protection manufactured on after December 1, 2016.
Builders involved in constructing these homes include:
- CalAtlantic Homes
- Carrier Homes
- Gerber Homes
- Great Traditions
- Homes By Whittaker (also known as New Town Homebuilders)
- Infinity Homes
- KB Homes
- K. Hovnanian Homes
- Mattamy Homes
- Procacci Development Company
- Pulte Homes
- Richmond American Homes
- Shea Homes
- Toll Brothers
- Village Homes
So what's the big deal?
Well, turns out that cost effective product is causing the lumber underneath it to leak excessive amounts of formaldehyde into the air. Formaldehyde in wood is not new, nearly all “pressed” lumber in America is injected with varying amounts of formaldehyde to prevent decay. Most of us learned about formaldehyde in flooring from the “60 Minutes” piece that broke the story about high formaldehyde tests in laminate flooring back in 2016. That recall lead to over $800 million in lost market cap for Lumber Liquidators (NYSE:LL).
According to epa.gov, “Formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. High levels of exposure may cause some types of cancers.”
So who needs to be concerned?
-Homeowners in homes built within the last nine months using Weyerhaeuser joists with Flak Jacket®
-Homes currently under construction using Weyerhaeuser joists with Flak Jacket
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