BuildingGreen, Healthy Building Network Announce Strategic Partnership

Bill Walsh | November 17, 2010

Today at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago, the Healthy Building Network and BuildingGreen announced a strategic partnership that will provide architects, designers and specifiers with an unsurpassed source of trusted, authoritative, independent information about building products. Effective immediately, the two organizations will link our web-based green building research sites, GreenSpec and the Pharos Project, creating unprecedented ease of use between the two tools, and push-button access to the combined product research of the two organizations. In addition to the new product offerings, we will also be establishing a new research collaborative that will focus its work on accelerating the pace of independent research on product toxicity. A new website,, provides immediate access to GreenSpec and Pharos from one location.

Our partnership with BuildingGreen is an exciting advance in HBN's mission of accelerating the market transformation to healthier, more sustainable and more equitable building products. It will enable us to increase the scope and scale of our research, to provide unsurpassed transparency about building material choices, and dramatically enhance our ability to communicate these results to a much broader public. Architects, designers, engineers and others will benefit from having access to an independent source of comprehensive and reliable information in an affordable, flexible tool for specifying green building products.

"Feedback from the community has clearly indicated that there is an information gap we can fill by joining forces with HBN," stated Nadav Malin, president of BuildingGreen. "Through our products - Environmental Building News, GreenSpec and LEEDuser - BuildingGreen has been a trusted source, on the leading edge of green product innovation for 20 years. HBN's Pharos Project adds a new level of in-depth exploration of the healthfulness and other aspects of these products. Our customers have asked to see these capabilities in one place, and we believe this strategic partnership is the best response to their needs."

Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen, remarked, "From the beginning 20 years ago, we understood that our commitment to establishing and maintaining our independence from paid advertising and manufacturing sponsorships would be a financially challenging path. The community has rewarded us with their trust. HBN has been on this same journey. Together, we are committed to ensuring that there is a strong, independent resource for specifying green building products - today, tomorrow and for the future. This will be even more important as the number of green products and environmental claims continue to grow exponentially."

Greenbuild attendees can stop by and celebrate our new partnership at the HBN booth (#1022) and the Building Green booth (#512). Bill Walsh will join Nadav Malin at the BuildingGreen booth on Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30, and Thursday from 11:00 to 12:00. Nadav Malin will join Bill Walsh at the HBN booth Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:00 and Thursday from 11:00 to 12:00.