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Fore! HBN Research Drives Understanding of Highly Toxic Chemicals

James Vallette | January 24, 2018 | Optimizing Recycling

In January 2018, the Healthy Building Network research team produced technical reports on the trade, production, use and disposal of four highly toxic, persistent, bioaccumulative chemicals. Public health advocates used these reports to inform the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about previously unpublished ways in which these chemicals enter...


HBN’s Top 5 Healthy Product Innovations of 2017

James Vallette | December 18, 2017 | Tools

When the world seems stranger than ever, it is helpful to keep in mind the bright spots. The Healthy Building Network research team found that increased manufacturer transparency and informed customer demand has produced many signs of hope in the building industry this year. Here are our top 5: Formaldehyde-free mineral wool in...


Healthy Building Network is Growing

Gina Ciganik | December 13, 2017 | Announcements

To strengthen work on two important tracks — our cutting-edge, data-driven product offerings and our communications, knowledge-sharing, and fundraising efforts — HBN recently hired Amy Denardo as Senior Product Director and David Kennedy-Logan as Chief Communications and Development Officer.


Home Depot Raises The Bar On Hazard Avoidance - New Chemical Strategy Is An Important Step Towards Healthier Product Options

Bill Walsh | October 25, 2017 | Policies

Home Depot today announced a chemical hazard avoidance policy that will prohibit numerous toxic chemicals in paints, carpeting, flooring and fiberglass insulation products. The Home Depot Chemical Strategy, included in its 2017 Responsibility Report, targets a range of chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, mimic and disrupt hormone systems,...


Details on the new Home Depot Chemical Strategy

James Vallette | October 25, 2017 | Policies

Home Depot, the largest building product retailer in the U.S., has announced a sweeping new Chemical Strategy that considers several building product categories, including carpet, fiberglass insulation, paints, and laminate flooring.  (See related Healthy Building News article). Home Depot’s Chemical Strategy promises to accelerate...


Eliminating Toxics in Carpet: Lessons for the Future of Recycling

James Vallette | October 18, 2017 | Materials

"Eliminating Toxics in Carpets: Lessons for the Future of Recycling" - a new report by the Healthy Building Network (HBN) - calls for eliminating over 40 highly toxic chemicals in carpets that threaten public health and impede recycling. These toxics are known to cause respiratory disease, heart attacks, strokes, asthma, and immune and de...


New Subscription Research Project Will Map PVC Supply Chain: HBN Seeks Transparency Leaders To Participate

Bill Walsh | July 26, 2017 | Announcements

Today Healthy Building Network (HBN) is announcing a new pilot program of Subscription Research. For nearly 20 years, HBN has provided the building industry with in depth and independent analysis of chemical hazards, industry trends, supply chain and market structures, and the social and environmental impacts of product manufacture. The vision of o...


The Road to Optimizing Asphalt Pavement Recycling

Wes Sullens | March 29, 2017 | Tools

Today the Healthy Building Network and StopWaste released the sixth and final report in our Optimizing Recycling initiative: Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) in Building & Construction. Reclaiming and reusing asphalt has many benefits, including waste prevention, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and lower lifecycle impacts compared to virgin...


Vinyl Building Products Drive Asbestos Use In USA

Bill Walsh | March 22, 2017 | Materials

New research from the Healthy Building Network (HBN) documents how vinyl building products, also known as PVC or polyvinylchloride plastic, are the number one driver of asbestos use in the US. These findings were presented to the US EPA last week in a technical report written by HBN Research Director Jim Vallette on behalf of three public health gr...


Pharos Supports Partner Organizations in Reducing Hazards

Michel Dedeo | March 14, 2017 | Announcements

The Pharos Chemical and Material Library (CML) is an online catalog of over 46,000 chemicals, polymers, metals, and other substances that is continuously updated to provide accurate health hazard data. It identifies key health and environmental information using:

44 authoritative scientific lists for specific human and environmental health h...