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HBN Blog category: Policies

Blessed Unrest in the Green Building Movement

Bill Walsh | September 12, 2007

In his latest book Blessed Unrest [1] Paul Hawken recalls the summer of 1962, when the New Yorker magazine began publishing installments of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, igniting what he calls "the seminal confrontation" in which industries doing violence to the health of the planet employed public relations experts to devise the str...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Formaldehyde & Kids: Sleep Well

Bill Walsh | May 30, 2007

In the May 11, 2007 issue of the Healthy Building News, we reported on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) decision to severely limit allowable emissions of toxic formaldehyde gas from particle board and other composite wood building materials. One week later, news reports documenting formaldehyde poisoning of children in the Gulf Coast regio...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

LEEDing on Formaldehyde In California

Tom Lent | May 11, 2007

On April 27, 2007 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted unanimously to adopt the nation's most stringent regulations on formaldehyde emissions from particleboard and other composite wood products. This decision, likely to improve indoor air quality across the nation, attests to the potential power of the LEED rating system to dramatic...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

USGBC: PVC Is Not a Healthy Building Material

Tom Lent | March 09, 2007

"When we add end-of-life with accidental landfill fires and backyard burning, the additional risk of dioxin emissions puts PVC consistently among the worst materials for human health impacts..." USGBC Technical Science Advisory Committee (TSAC) final report. The verdict is in. On February 26, 2007, the Technical Science Advisory Committee...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Vinyl Institute Defends Lead In Children's Lunchboxes

Bill Walsh | February 23, 2007

Within days of asserting in a letter to leading US playground manufacturer BigToys that "the use of lead and cadmium to stabilize PVC has declined dramatically in the United States," [1] the Vinyl Institute has publicly defended the industry's use of lead stabilizers in children's lunchboxes.

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Delivering On the Promise of Green Building

Bill Walsh | February 02, 2007

The Unity Homes Team: Lillie Bender, Jim Vallette, Paul Bogart With one home now built, and deepening relationships with our non-profit community organizations, economic development officials, leading modular housing engineers, and structured finance experts, the Unity Homes Project is well-placed to establish, by the end of 2007, a factory in Mis...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

A Climate Change In The Green Building Movement

Bill Walsh | January 19, 2007

The first Healthy Building News for 2007 is a week late. On the eve of publication last week, our scheduled topic was rendered moot by the US EPA's decision to prohibit the residential use of a toxic pressure treated wood formula known as ACC (acid copper chromate). Its main ingredient, hexavalent chromium, is the human carcinogen that made Eri...

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