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EPA Reaffirms PVC's Negative Health Impacts

Bill Walsh | March 19, 2012 | Materials

EPA Actions Offer More Support for LEED 2012 Approach to Chemicals of Concern: Comment Period Ends 3/20/12 Two actions from the US EPA last month reaffirm the serious and unique negative health impacts of the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic lifecycle. For the green building community, the Agency's latest evaluations of PVC and dioxin affirm bo...


Leading Firms Endorse Health Product Declaration

Bill Walsh | December 21, 2011 | Policies

Last July an ad hoc group of experts from the community of building designers, specifiers, and owners got together to discuss the concept of creating a standard format for reporting product content and associated health information of building products. The idea was to create a means for sustainability leaders to more easily make informed decisions...


Help Support the HBN Campaign For Transparency!

Bill Walsh | December 14, 2011 | Announcements

Your support over the years has helped the Healthy Building Network earn widespread recognition as the green building movement's leader in transparency, transforming the way products and materials are evaluated, and creating new incentives for reducing the use of unhealthy chemicals. Thank you!

I am writing today to ask you to continue your...


APHA Recommends PVC Phase-Out in Building Products

Bill Walsh | November 22, 2011 | Policies

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is now recommending that "decision-makers...consider phasing out the use and purchase of flexible PVC in building materials, consumer products and office suppliers in schools, daycare centers, medical care facilities, nursing homes, public housing, facilities for special needs and the disabled, and...


Greenbuild 2011: The End of Don't Tell, Don't Ask

Bill Walsh | October 04, 2011 | Policies

Everyone knows that evaluating the environmental and health impacts of building products is not simple. People often ask: What's the most difficult part? That's easy - what's most difficult is evaluating information that we don't have. Building products - unlike say, food products - are not required to disclose ingredients on the pa...


Toxic Flame Retardants - New Data, More Warnings, Take Action

Bill Walsh | June 16, 2011 | Materials

Last Friday, June 10th, while attending BFR 2011: The 12th Workshop on Brominated and other Flame Retardants at Boston University, I learned that the National Toxicology Program upgraded its classification of formaldehyde to "Known to be a human carcinogen."[1] Formaldehyde was classified as "Reasonably anticipated to be a human carc...