The infusion of antimicrobial materials into building products is on the rise. Manufacturers now routinely add substances such as nano-silver and the pesticide triclosan to paints, tiles and grouts, carpets, solid surfaces, faucets, elevator buttons and toilet seats. The dirty truth is: they do not make people healthier. They do cause environmental harm throughout their lifecycle. And their overuse, like the overuse of antibiotics, may contribute to the evolution of microbes that...
What's in Your Feedstock?
Some recycled ingredients are more toxic than the virgin materials they replace; some recycled ingredients are less toxic than the virgin materials they replace. HBN has teamed up with StopWaste and San Francisco Dept. of Environment to investigate the dominant recycled content feedstocks used in building materials. Phase one of a new report will be published later this year. Make sure you sign up to receive a copy.
The HBN team is in New Orleans this week! Stop by Booth 1638 to meet the crew and see the exciting, new features we are adding to the Pharos Project. We will be giving demos of the new Pharos site throughout Greenbuild. Also at the booth, Wes Sullens of StopWaste and Jim Vallette, HBN’s Senior Researcher, will be discussing their research and upcoming report into recycling in the era of LEED v4. Make sure you also catch one of the many panel discussions on which HBN staff are participating during Greenbuild.