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Maximize Your Impact: Transformation Targets Will Help Prioritize Product Choices

Tom Lent | September 2018 | Newsletter

Confused by conflicting red lists? Unsure where to focus your limited project time while trying to choose healthier building materials or products? Help is on the way. This fall, HBN will be rolling out “Transformation Targets” to help you prioritize your efforts and make the greatest impact on your project and in the industry.


Introducing the Chemical Hazard Data Commons

Tom Lent | July 2018 | Newsletter

The Healthy Building Network (HBN) has rolled out a new tool for identifying chemicals of concern and finding less hazardous alternatives. The Chemical Hazard Data Commons combines the power of HBN’s Pharos Chemical and Material Library with new tools for visualizing hazard scoring, comparing hazards for chemical lists, staying on top of changes, finding safer alternatives, surveying other databases, and tapping the wisdom of the Data Commons community to collaborate on problem solving and solutions.


Risky Business: Undermining the LEED Material Credit

Tom Lent | May 25, 2016 | Policies

They did it again. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has pushed another greenwashing credit option into LEED. The new [1] represents perhaps the most audacious effort to date by the ACC to neutralize LEED’s leadership in improving material health in building products. The Credit ignores some of the highest concern chemical hazards (includi...


ACC Pits Risk Assessment Against Right to Know in New LEED Credit

Tom Lent | May 25, 2016 | Policies

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) consolidated their gains today in their battle to undermine design teams’ right to know about product contents and hazards with a new LEED Pilot credit.  The Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment Pilot Credit that the USGBC announced this week provides manufacturers with an alternat...


Take Action for Healthier Building Materials

Tom Lent | March 30, 2016 | Policies

The Healthy Building Network just posted two articles in our Pharos Signal blog asking readers to take specific actions that can really help bring healthier materials into building products. In the first, "HBN Partnering with Cradle to Cradle for Hazard Screening," I invite you to take a look at the latest exciting feature of our Cradle...


HBN Partnering with Cradle to Cradle for Hazard Screening

Tom Lent | March 30, 2016 | Announcements

The Healthy Building Network (HBN)  has recently completed a project with the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to include a Cradle to Cradle view in the Pharos Chemicals and Materials Library (CML). This view will allow anyone with access to Pharos to screen any of the more than 30,000 substances currently catalogued in HBN&rsquo...


Toxic Insulation, Certified? Green Seal Needs to Hear From You

Tom Lent | March 29, 2016 | Policies

We have long counted Green Seal (GS) among the leaders in rewarding reduced toxic chemical content in building products. Green Seal did important early work to identify and certify leadership positions among wet applied products in reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) content and, importantly, also to go beyond VOCs to avoidance of other critica...


Hazardous Chemicals in Products Easier to Identify with GreenScreen® V1.3 + Pharos

Tom Lent | March 08, 2016 | Tools

Clean Production Action (CPA) released the next version of the GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals Hazard Assessment Guidance, adding detailed information for using the GreenScreen® List Translator as a first step in identifying hazardous chemicals in products.  GreenScreen List Translator is a tool for readily identifying known chem...