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HBN Blog category: Tools

CompAIR: HBN Launches New Tool For Comparing VOCs

Bill Walsh | November 10, 2015

Next week at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Washington DC (November 18-19), HBN will launch CompAIR, a new feature in the Pharos Project that provides the most accurate and reliable comparisons of the chemicals offgassing from paints, coatings and similar products. By providing the weight of all volatile substances that are released into the...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

More Impending Changes in the Insulation Market

Rebecca Stamm | November 06, 2015

Recently in Healthy Building News, Jim Vallette described positive changes in the composition of residential fiberglass insulation where formaldehyde has been completely phased out in the US and Canada.(1) We have also learned, in the course of research for the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation, that significant material changes are imminent in po...

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HBN Blog category: Optimized Recycling

Kaiser says no to antimicrobial surfaces in its facilities

Tom Lent | November 04, 2015

 

In an October 13 memo, the healthcare giant Kasier Permanente prohibited its design teams from specifying fabric, furniture or finishes with antimicrobials drawing its banned list from a 2014 HBN study of antimicrobials commonly used in building products. Kaiser cited research from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tha...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Residential Fiberglass Insulation Transformed: Formaldehyde is No More

James Vallette | October 30, 2015

Earlier this year, one last piece of light density residential fiberglass insulation bearing formaldehyde-based binder rolled off a production line somewhere in the Midwest United States. Then the line stopped, and a new binder came on line.  As of October 2015, every fiberglass insulation company in the United States and Canada has phased out...

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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: Tools

Powerful New Open Data Project Gets Rave Reviews

Rebecca Stamm | October 16, 2015

Now in our 15th year, the Healthy Building Network has been busy as beavers, felling more obstacles, building more useful infrastructures, with more partners, than ever. In the coming weeks, we will be unveiling many of these initiatives with Healthy Building News readers and the world at large. Front and center among these is a collaboration calle...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Chemicals Without Harm: Policies For A Sustainable World

Bill Walsh | October 02, 2015

Ken Geiser's Book Tour October Events

Monday, October 5, 6:00-8:00 Parsons School of Design, The New School, L105 University Center 65 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

Monday, October 13, 11:45-12:50 Santa Clara University, Benson Parlor B 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA

Tuesday, October 20, 2:00-3:00 UC Berkeley, 775 Tan, Univ...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Clear Lessons For Recycling Glass In Building Products

James Vallette | September 30, 2015

The use of recycling materials in building products is evolving. The latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED version 4) green building rating system no longer explicitly credits recycled materials, but it does reward transparency and disclosure of product lifecycles and contents. While recycling is more important t...

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HBN Blog category: Announcements

HBN Board Chair Robin Guenther Gives TEDMED Talk

Bill Walsh | September 17, 2015

Last September the Chair of HBN's Board of Directors, Robin Guenther, delivered a TEDMED talk entitled Why Hospitals Are Making Us Sick. That talk is now available for viewing, and we are pleased to bring it to you here. Robin is a leading expert and textbook author, with Gail Vittori, of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture. As principal at Per...

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