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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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HBN Blog category: Announcements

Firsts At The Living Product Expo

Bill Walsh | August 20, 2015

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) will convene its first Living Product Expo next month in Pittsburgh.  In addition to the much anticipated roll out of the Living Product Challenge during a pre-conference workshop, the conference organizers have created program full of leading experts at the forefront of healthy materials develo...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

The end is near for phthalate plasticizers

James Vallette | July 09, 2015

The market for toxic plasticizers in building materials is closing.  Yesterday, a third major retailer – Menards – announced that it is following Home Depot and Lowe’s leads, and will end the use of phthalate plasticizers in its vinyl floors by the end of 2015.  This follows similar actions by the world’s largest f...

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HBN Blog category: Optimized Recycling

Consumer Reports warns parents: phthalates migrate from PVC floors

James Vallette | July 09, 2015

Parents should wash their toddlers’ hands, and regularly mop vinyl floors, especially if children crawl on the floors, warns the Consumers Union in the August 2015 issue of Consumer Reports. (1)

 

The Consumers Union is the advocacy arm of the venerable Consumers Reports magazine. It has “long raised concerns about phthalates,&rd...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

New health concerns about common additives to carpet fibers

James Vallette | July 08, 2015

Public health experts are sounding new alarms about two types of chemicals that are applied to carpet fibers: perchlorate anti-static treatments and perfluorochemical stain repellents.

Perchlorate anti-static treatments

Carpet manufacturers often add anti-static (antistat) treatments to carpet fibers, in order to prevent the buildup of electri...

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