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HBN Blog category: Policies

GreenSpec Says: "Avoid PVC"

Bill Walsh | October 27, 2006

GreenSpec [1], the UK construction industry's definitive guide to sustainable construction, has completed a comparative evaluation of numerous building materials, including PVC building components. GreenSpec's easy-to-use guide provides both detailed and summary analysis. A section entitled "We Would Specify" directs users to mate...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Green Chemistry at Greenbuild

Bill Walsh | September 29, 2006

"Green chemistry is the foundation of our desire to replace design that does no harm with restorative and regenerative design." -- Vivian Loftness, FAIA

The greening of chemistry and building practices emerged contemporaneously in the early 90's. The seminal book in the field, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice [1], was published i...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Glimpse The Future of Green Building: A Webinar On Healthy Hospitals

Bill Walsh | July 24, 2006

US Green Building Council CEO Rick Fedrizzi is fond of saying that future demand for green buildings will be driven by their positive impacts on human health. On Wednesday July 26, 2006 Environmental Design + Construction magazine will sponsor a webinar on the greening of health care facilities that should attract all green building professionals i...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Reading Between The Lies: Deconstructing One Industry's Attack On LEED

Bill Walsh | July 12, 2006

With increasing frequency, green building professionals are confronted with critiques of the LEED Rating System generated by the timber, plastics or residential home building industries. In this issue, HBN Founder Bill Walsh helps you read between the lies of the timber industry's disingenuous attacks on LEED and the US Green Building Council m...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

The Label Game

Bill Walsh | June 29, 2006

It's not just the timber industry pressuring the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to award a new LEED credit for its greenwash self-certification scheme, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) label. Manufacturers of resilient flooring are seeking LEED recognition for their trade association's new certification system, FloorScore. [1] W...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

That's LEEDership: California Targets Zero Formaldehyde

Tom Lent | June 14, 2006

Since the release of LEED® 2.0, the US Green Building Council's LEED [1] rating system has offered an indoor environmental quality credit (EQc4.4) for the use of building materials with no added urea-formaldehyde. This has sent a clear signal to the building materials market, which has responded with an increasing array of cost competitive...

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