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HBN Blog category: Tools

The Road to Optimizing Asphalt Pavement Recycling

Wes Sullens | March 29, 2017

Today the Healthy Building Network and StopWaste released the sixth and final report in our Optimizing Recycling initiative: Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) in Building & Construction. Reclaiming and reusing asphalt has many benefits, including waste prevention, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and lower lifecycle impacts compared to virgin...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Ethylene Flood Threatens Viability of Polyethylene Recycling

Wes Sullens | September 23, 2016

Not all recycled content materials are created equal - especially when it comes to recycled plastics. In a new report released by StopWaste and the Healthy Building Network, we take an in-depth look at the health implications, supply chain considerations, and potential to scale up recycling of the world’s most common plastic: Polyet...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Post-Consumer Flexible Polyurethane Foam Scrap Used In Building Products

Wes Sullens | July 29, 2016

Most post-consumer flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) collected for recycling today contains highly toxic flame retardants. The vast majority of this scrap material is recycled into one type of new building product: bonded carpet cushion. While the practice of diverting vast amounts of FPF from landfills represents a recycling success story, the pote...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Recycling in the Age of Product Transparency

Wes Sullens | October 22, 2015

Next year, the dominant green rating system in the world will complete the transition to a new iteration: LEED version 4. This transition sends a strong signal to the materials industry: the definition of green materials in LEED is shifting from single attributes like "rapidly renewable" or recycled content percentages, towards considerin...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

It’s Time To Rethink Recycling

Wes Sullens | October 10, 2014

Recycling is a deeply embedded principle of green building.  From the beginning of LEED®, recycling has stood by itself as an important attribute of material and waste management credits. These credits, in turn, fueled a huge increase in recycled content in many building materials, from wallboard to concrete to carpet to construction fill....

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