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Making Buildings Healthier With Your Support

Bill Walsh | December 16, 2015 | Announcements

Week after week, month after month, HBN has blown me away this year. You have picked up the pace and amazed me with the quality and scope of your efforts. HBN's contributions are magnificent. -Rus Perry, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Vice President and Co-director of Sustainable Design, SmithGroupJJR   With your help HBN...


CompAIR: HBN Launches New Tool For Comparing VOCs

Bill Walsh | November 10, 2015 | Tools

Next week at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Washington DC (November 18-19), HBN will launch CompAIR, a new feature in the Pharos Project that provides the most accurate and reliable comparisons of the chemicals offgassing from paints, coatings and similar products. By providing the weight of all volatile substances that are released into the...


Chemicals Without Harm: Policies For A Sustainable World

Bill Walsh | October 02, 2015 | Policies

Ken Geiser's Book Tour October Events

Monday, October 5, 6:00-8:00 Parsons School of Design, The New School, L105 University Center 65 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

Monday, October 13, 11:45-12:50 Santa Clara University, Benson Parlor B 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA

Tuesday, October 20, 2:00-3:00 UC Berkeley, 775 Tan, Univ...


HBN Board Chair Robin Guenther Gives TEDMED Talk

Bill Walsh | September 17, 2015 | Announcements

Last September the Chair of HBN's Board of Directors, Robin Guenther, delivered a TEDMED talk entitled Why Hospitals Are Making Us Sick. That talk is now available for viewing, and we are pleased to bring it to you here. Robin is a leading expert and textbook author, with Gail Vittori, of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture. As principal at Per...


Firsts At The Living Product Expo

Bill Walsh | August 20, 2015 | Announcements

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) will convene its first Living Product Expo next month in Pittsburgh.  In addition to the much anticipated roll out of the Living Product Challenge during a pre-conference workshop, the conference organizers have created program full of leading experts at the forefront of healthy materials develo...


Home Depot Will Eliminate Phthalates from Vinyl Flooring

Bill Walsh | April 22, 2015 | Policies

Home Depot, the world’s largest purchaser of building products, announced today that by the end of this year it will eliminate phthalate plasticizers from the vinyl flooring it sells. Phthalates are endocrine disrupting chemicals that have been banned in children’s products since 2008 but are still widely used in a wide range of vinyl p...


New SFI Standards Still Fail To Protect Forests

Bill Walsh | February 09, 2015 | Policies

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has released its newly revised 2015-2019 Standards and Rules. Promoted as an “important advancement,” the revised standards appear to do little to address the longstanding complaints of leading environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Ear...


15 Years of HBN

Bill Walsh | December 17, 2014 | Announcements

In 2015 the Healthy Building Network will celebrate its 15th anniversary as the green building movement’s leader in health and transparency. With your help we are steadily reducing the use of toxic chemicals in our buildings by transforming the way building products are evaluated and made. Thank you! To celebrate our 15th Anniversary we are a...


#BlackLivesMatter in Green Building

Bill Walsh | December 12, 2014 | Policies

Eddie Bautista knows what he is talking about. He is an award-winning community organizer and urban planner, the Executive Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), a network of community-based organizations in low-income communities of color throughout the city. He has campaigned to stop waste transfer stations, power plants, incinerators and sludge plants from being sited in those communities, and served a four-year stint as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs during the Bloomberg administration.


The Dirt On Antimicrobials

Bill Walsh | October 15, 2014 | Materials

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 e...