Asbestos - A brief history
For the longest time, asbestos was considered the wonder of the building world due to its high strength, durability, insulation qualities (heat and electricity). It had over 2500 applications.
This was until we figured out that the asbestos particles were dangerous to our health and could cause cancer. A third of houses in Australia and NZ built up until the 1980’s are thought to contain asbestos making it a very real health concern.
White asbestos is a mineral that comes from the Serpentine Group and is made up of just Chysotile ( a mineral ) whereas the other colours are made up of Anthophllite, Amosite, Tremolite, Actinolite and the most dangerous of all, the blue Asbestos which is made up of Crocidolite.
Asbestos becomes harmful when it’s particles get airborne. The easiest way for them to do so is when renovations, extensions or demolitions of a building are undertaken. This is why we recommend that you have your building tested before undertaking any of these activities.