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Perkins + Will, HBN, Unravel the Myth of “Clean Vinyl”

Melissa Coffin | November 18, 2015 | Materials

Today, the global architecture firm Perkins+WIll What's New (and What's Not) With PVC, which explores the current state of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), written in partnership with the Healthy Building Network.  The vinyl industry has been on a new rebranding campaign: “clean-vinyl” [2] are two examples of the trade names at th...


New Research Shows Formaldehyde No Longer Used in Residential Fiberglass Insulation

James Vallette | November 18, 2015 | Materials

The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation and Healthy Building Network made the following announcement coincident with today's opening of the Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Washington DC.  Both organizations have booths in the Expo hall (BGAF is located at Booth #t3766 and HBN is at Booth #2622).

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Rapid change sweeps flooring industry

James Vallette | November 13, 2015 | Materials

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...


Kaiser says no to antimicrobial surfaces in its facilities

Tom Lent | November 11, 2015 | Policies

 

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...


CompAIR: HBN Launches New Tool For Comparing VOCs

Bill Walsh | November 10, 2015 | Tools

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...


More Impending Changes in the Insulation Market

Rebecca Stamm | November 06, 2015 | Materials

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...


Kaiser says no to antimicrobial surfaces in its facilities

Tom Lent | November 04, 2015 | Optimized Recycling

 

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...


Residential Fiberglass Insulation Transformed: Formaldehyde is No More

James Vallette | October 30, 2015 | Materials

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...