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HBN Blog category: Materials

Fly ash in concrete causing flooring installation failures

James Vallette | June 15, 2015

Floor Trends magazine last week uploaded an enlightening video interview with consultant Lew Migliore (LGM & Associates). Migliore raised an issue that is just coming to light in the flooring industry: increasing proportions of fly ash in concrete underlayment are causing flooring installation failures.

“The fly ash issue has j...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Of Phthalates and Fraud: A Twitter mini-series

James Vallette | June 09, 2015

Intro. #FollowTheMoney: Sixteen tweets on phthalates and fraud:inside @ExxonMobil’s efforts to save its poison plasticizers.— Jim Vallette (@HBNJim) June 2, 2015

Pt1 #FollowTheMoney 1998: American Council on Science and Health (@ASCHorg) hires Dr. Gilbert Ross, fresh out of prison, as Medical Director— Jim Vallette (@HBNJim) June 2, 2...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Home Depot Will Eliminate Phthalates from Vinyl Flooring

Bill Walsh | April 22, 2015

Home Depot, the world’s largest purchaser of building products, announced today that by the end of this year it will eliminate phthalate plasticizers from the vinyl flooring it sells. Phthalates are endocrine disrupting chemicals that have been banned in children’s products since 2008 but are still widely used in a wide range of vinyl p...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Bees Need Healthy Buildings Too

James Vallette | March 26, 2015

In the course of researching polystyrene foam insulation, the Healthy Building Network research team came to understand that these materials are susceptible to termite infestation. Polystyrene insulation manufacturers commonly add insecticides to combat termites, especially in exterior and below grade insulation. This includes a type of Styrofoam m...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

New SFI Standards Still Fail To Protect Forests

Bill Walsh | February 09, 2015

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has released its newly revised 2015-2019 Standards and Rules. Promoted as an “important advancement,” the revised standards appear to do little to address the longstanding complaints of leading environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Ear...

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HBN Blog category: Announcements

15 Years of HBN

Bill Walsh | December 17, 2014

In 2015 the Healthy Building Network will celebrate its 15th anniversary as the green building movement’s leader in health and transparency. With your help we are steadily reducing the use of toxic chemicals in our buildings by transforming the way building products are evaluated and made. Thank you! To celebrate our 15th Anniversary we are a...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

#BlackLivesMatter in Green Building

Bill Walsh | December 12, 2014

Eddie Bautista knows what he is talking about. He is an award-winning community organizer and urban planner, the Executive Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), a network of community-based organizations in low-income communities of color throughout the city. He has campaigned to stop waste transfer stations, power plants, incinerators and sludge plants from being sited in those communities, and served a four-year stint as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs during the Bloomberg administration.

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Antibacterials In Building Products: The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly

Davida S. Smyth, PhD | November 19, 2014

Last month’s article by Bill Walsh, “The Dirt on Antimicrobials”, spoke of the recent trend to infuse antimicrobial substances other than antibiotics into building products. I had known that antimicrobial substances were creeping into many consumer items, such as soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, and hand-wipes to name but a few. I did...

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