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Bill Walsh | November 30, 2007 | Policies

Earlier this month, the Healthy Building Network (HBN) attended Greenbuild, the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) annual conference and exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. As in previous years, we could be found at our non-profit tabletop on the exhibition floor, where the real networking happens, rumors swirl, and you get a feel for the state o...

Transforming Markets, or Transforming Marketing?

Bill Walsh | September 27, 2007 | Policies

trans • for • ma • tion n. 1. A complete change, usually into something with an improved appearance or usefulness. [1] After reading the last edition of the Healthy Building News, Blessed Unrest In The Green Building Movement, a respected expert on the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) certification process remarked that he appr...

Blessed Unrest in the Green Building Movement

Bill Walsh | September 12, 2007 | Policies

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...

Formaldehyde & Kids: Sleep Well

Bill Walsh | May 30, 2007 | Materials

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...

LEEDing on Formaldehyde In California

Tom Lent | May 11, 2007 | Policies

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...