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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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HBN Blog category: Policies

As USGBC Tackles Wood Issue, Are Any Forests Out of Bounds For Green Buildings?

Bill Walsh | May 31, 2006

A May 23, 2006 US Green Building Council press release announced "USGBC Board Tackles [the] Wood Issue." [1] The Board has taken the unusual step of sending proposed new credit language, and a supporting whitepaper, to the LEED Steering Committee who will decide how the membership will consider and vote on the proposals. [2] The USGBC Boa...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Architect of the Environmental Justice Movement

Bill Walsh | May 17, 2006

My life flows on in endless song Above earth's lamentation. I hear the real, though far off hymn That hails a new creation Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear the music ringing; It sounds an echo in my soul How can I keep from Singing?

Damu worked for nearly a decade in places that are rarely featured in environmental calendars and c...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

The Great Debate Over Certified Wood: FSC, SFI, Green Globes and the USGBC

Bill Walsh | April 27, 2006

In the March 24 issue [1] of Healthy Building News we discussed wood product certification standards [2] with Daniel Hall of the advocacy group Forest Ethics, which is not a member of any certifying organization. Representatives of the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) [3] -- provider of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) [4]...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

PVC Critic Publishes Groundbreaking Study On Molecular Evolution

Bill Walsh | April 11, 2006

The New York Times [1] reported on April 7, 2006 that Science magazine has published pioneering new research by Dr. Joe Thornton, who also happens to be HBN's science advisor. The new study "for the first time demonstrated the step-by-step progression of how evolution created a new piece of molecular machinery by reusing and modifying exis...

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