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Quartz Project | October 27, 2015
Product transparency is more than just an ingredient label. It is a catalyst that triggers greater collaboration among manufacturers and their customers. It is the renewable energy of a continuous and increasingly open innovation process that is the key to addressing the sustainability challenges we face. The database of 100 "common product pr...
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...
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...
Bill Walsh | October 02, 2015
Ken Geiser's Book Tour
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...