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USGBC: PVC Is Not a Healthy Building Material

Tom Lent | March 09, 2007 | Materials

"When we add end-of-life with accidental landfill fires and backyard burning, the additional risk of dioxin emissions puts PVC consistently among the worst materials for human health impacts..." USGBC Technical Science Advisory Committee (TSAC) final report. The verdict is in. On February 26, 2007, the Technical Science Advisory Committee...

Glimpse The Future of Green Building: A Webinar On Healthy Hospitals

Bill Walsh | July 24, 2006 | Materials

US Green Building Council CEO Rick Fedrizzi is fond of saying that future demand for green buildings will be driven by their positive impacts on human health. On Wednesday July 26, 2006 Environmental Design + Construction magazine will sponsor a webinar on the greening of health care facilities that should attract all green building professionals i...

PVC Critic Publishes Groundbreaking Study On Molecular Evolution

Bill Walsh | April 11, 2006 | Materials

The New York Times [1] reported on April 7, 2006 that Science magazine has published pioneering new research by Dr. Joe Thornton, who also happens to be HBN's science advisor. The new study "for the first time demonstrated the step-by-step progression of how evolution created a new piece of molecular machinery by reusing and modifying exis...

PVC Softeners Used In Building Products Cited As Health Concern In Autos

Margie Kelly | February 07, 2006 | Materials

A new report finds that the "new car smell" contains dangerous levels of volatile organic compounds, including phthalates, which are used to soften plastics, particularly PVC. According to a new report issued by the Michigan-based Ecology Center, Toxic at Any Speed: Chemicals in Cars & the Need for Safe Alternatives, [1] cars expose p...

Manufactured Housing: Blessing or Curse For Katrina Survivors?

James Vallette | January 23, 2006 | Materials

In the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, HBN launched GreenRelief to initiate and assist efforts that emphasize environmental and social justice when rebuilding communities and restoring the natural environment. HBN investigator Jim Vallette has traveled to the Gulf States region repeatedly to assess the opportunities and barriers affecting gree...

The Time Is Now To Mold A Sustainable Plastic Lumber Industry

Bill Walsh | June 29, 2005 | Materials

The Healthy Building Network released today the first study to rate plastic lumber strictly on environmental and public health priorities.[1] We found huge disparities in environmental quality, including recycled content that ranges from 0 to 100%. The good news is that the most environmentally preferable products are poised to become the industry...

Bad News For Babies: Research Links PVC Plasticizer To Genital Deformities

Bill Walsh | June 17, 2005 | Materials

This article draws heavily from studies, analysis and commentary available on the searchable databases at[1] According to their manufacturers, the principle use of a class of chemicals known as phthalates (pronounced thall eights) "is to soften the popular plastic, polyvinylchloride" (known as PVC or vinyl) used in...

New Study Finds Vinyl Plasticizers a Major Contaminant in Household Dust

Margie Kelly | March 22, 2005 | Materials

Chemicals From Common Products Create "Toxic Cocktail" in Homes Toxic chemicals common to home furnishings and electronic equipment have been found in household dust, including chemicals internationally recognized as harmful or toxic to the immune and reproductive systems; babies and young children are particularly at risk from exposure....