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PVC Building Products Manufacturer Tops Dioxin Dumping List

Tom Lent | January 25, 2012 | Materials

A manufacturer of PVC pipe, vinyl siding and other building and consumer products is now reportedly the number one source of dioxin releases in the country. A recent assessment of the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory, by the Institute for Southern Studies identified Westlake Vinyls in Calvert City, KY as the worst dioxin polluter in 2010, repor...


Kaiser Permanente Kicks PVC & Phthalates out of Medical Equipment

Tom Lent | January 20, 2012 | Policies

Kaiser Permanente has made a major step in its program to reduce its use of chemicals of concern, announcing this week that it will switch to IV bags that do not use PVC and DEHP and IV tubing without DEHP. PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) plastic and the phthalate DEHP (di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate) used to make it flexible are both widely used in medical...


Transparency Takes the LEED

Tom Lent | September 09, 2011 | Policies

The USGBC is seeking comment by next Wednesday, September 14, on an important new LEED credit that has been proposed "to increase the use of products and materials that disclose chemical ingredient data and reduce the concentrations of chemical contaminants that can damage air quality, human health, productivity, and the environment." The...


LEED 2012 Dramatically Shifts Material Selection Criteria - Comment by 9/14

Tom Lent | September 09, 2011 | Policies

With the LEED 2012 draft now open for public comment (through next Wednesday Sept 14) the USGBC is proposing a whole suite of new credits that together propose to radically change how manufacturers assess, disclose and formulate the products with which we build. As described in our Healthy Building Network newsletter today, one of the most positive...


LEED 2012 Proposes Content Disclosure & Red List Chemical Hazard Avoidance

Tom Lent | August 01, 2011 | Policies

"To increase the use of products and materials that disclose chemical ingredient data and reduce the concentrations of chemical contaminants that can damage air quality, human health, productivity, and the environment." So reads the intent statement of a new LEED credit proposal released today by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Th...


US agency calls out Formaldehyde & Styrene for cancer

Tom Lent | June 15, 2011 | Policies

A two decade lobbying effort by industry has finally ended unsuccessfully with the US Department of Health & Human Service labeling formaldehyde as a known carcinogen. The congressionally mandated 12th Report on Carcinogens adds to assessments by a range of agencies from the state of California to EPA and the World Health Organization confirmin...


EPA Targets Polyurethane Chemistry in Spray Foams, Adhesives & Coatings

Tom Lent | April 19, 2011 | Policies

Last week the US EPA put the building industry on notice that it is planning steps to protect the public from asthma and other respiratory problems from two of the fundamental building blocks of polyurethane.

Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanate (MDI) and Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) join a growing list of EPA Chemicals of Concern that are widely used in...


European Chemical Ban Will REACH U.S. Building Materials

Tom Lent | February 22, 2011 | Policies

In a move sure to shake up the building industry, the European Union announced last week that under the terms of its new chemicals policy known as REACH[1], five chemicals used in building materials plus a sixth chemical used in cleaning product fragrances will be banned from use within the next three to five years unless an authorization has been...


Pharos Uncovers 46 Products with Chemicals Banned By New REACH Regs

Tom Lent | February 22, 2011 | Materials

The European Union moved to ban five highly hazardous chemicals used in building materials plus a sixth chemical used in cleaning product fragrances under the REACH program last week.  In a Feb. 17 press release, the EU announced that these six "substances of very high concern will be banned within the next three to five years unless an a...


Meeting the new LEED Pilot Library chemical avoidance credit

Tom Lent | November 16, 2010 | Policies

The USGBC's new "Pilot Credit 11: Chemical Avoidance in Building Materials" is an important step forward for the LEED program in addressing human health and leading chemicals of concern. This new addition to the LEED Pilot Library basically requires project teams to do two things:

1) Product selection: specify interior finish materia...