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HBN Blog category: Policies

Reflections on Transparency — or Not

Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED Fellow, HBN Board Member | November 29, 2012

December 10, 2012 marks the end of the latest public comment period for LEED v4, and in particular, for the proposed Materials and Resources credits that reward transparency in material specification and avoidance of chemicals of concern. These are the proposals that prompted the American Chemistry Council, a trade association that spends over $10...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

It's Hard to Be Us

Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED Fellow, HBN Board Member | March 08, 2012

Many years after Kermit told us of the difficulty of being green, a friend put it another way. "Penny, it's hard to be you." She wasn't slamming me but rather commenting on the burden of being knowledgeable - an appreciation of sorts.

Here's what happened. While shopping in a grocery store my friend reached for a can of sou...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

HPD - The Help We Need

Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED Fellow, HBN Board Member | February 15, 2012

As I was writing this month's column on the confusion designers face sorting out building materials safety standards, The Washington Post published an article on the issue titled "It takes some research to know what to avoid when building a healthy home." Author Katherine Salant, defines the problem spot-on: "...in the United Sta...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Authenticity, Accuracy, Transparency

Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED Fellow, HBN Board Member | November 03, 2011

Do designers greenwash? Of course they do, both individually and collectively. Every LEED AP who hasn't a clue how to design a green project, every individual, firm, organization and government that's signed on to the 2030 Challenge but hasn't made even cursory attempts to meet its goals, is guilty.

We, the practitioner side of the g...

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Greenbuild for Interior Designers

Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED Fellow, HBN Board Member | September 21, 2011

It's a daunting task finding one's way around Greenbuild. I should know, I've been to them all, from the early "Membership Meetings" where the whole organization fit in one room and everyone knew each other, to the super-charged mega-conferences of recent years. This year's event in Toronto, October 4-7, will offer the usu...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Stop the Greenwashing

Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED Fellow, HBN Board Member | August 03, 2011

Green products are proliferating. Great news. Unfortunately so is greenwashing - exaggeration, misrepresentations or just plain lies in green product marketing and branding, which, intentionally or not, conveys false information and impressions. Here's an example from an unnamed furniture manufacturer. "[Our furniture] is unique because [i...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

NanoSphere - Friend or Foe

Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED Fellow, HBN Board Member | July 06, 2011

n the mysterious world of nanotechnology, it's hard to know if this emerging science is the best thing since the invention of the Dustbuster, or a health scourge. What's a nano? Think small, very, very small, a billionth of a meter small. Comparing a nano to a meter is like comparing a marble to the Earth. Though tiny, nanotechnology makes...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Expanding the Conversation

Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED Fellow, HBN Board Member | June 01, 2011

Greetings,

Designers are sometimes guilty of bad or even dehumanizing design. I know this because prior to my career switch in the late 1990s to environmental communications, I practiced interior design for 27 years, as the owner of my own firm and as an employee of architectural and interiors firms.

I have personally created some of the most...

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