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HBN Blog category: Materials

Rapid change sweeps flooring industry

James Vallette | November 13, 2015

Resilient floors and carpets made today are quite different than those made just a few years ago.  On Monday morning, I will join flooring experts from manufacturing firms, architecture and design firms, and hospitals, to discuss these changes at the Healthcare Design Conference in Washington, D.C. (1)

From recycled content to plasticizers to...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Kaiser says no to antimicrobial surfaces in its facilities

Tom Lent | November 11, 2015

 

In an October 13 memo, the healthcare giant Kasier Permanente prohibited its design teams from specifying fabric, furniture or finishes with any chemicals from a list of 13 antimicrobials that HBN researchers found are commonly used in building products. Kaiser cited research from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that concludes...

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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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