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HBN Blog category: Materials

Building As If Breathing Mattered: PVC'S Contribution To Asthma

Niaz Dorry | August 11, 2004

To breathe, I have to take way too many medicines today - each with their side effects. I'm an adult. Imagine a child having to wade through all the symptoms and medicines associated with asthma. Many factors contribute to the development and aggravation of asthma. However, I am wondering whether the installation of PVC flooring in my bathroom...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

The Philosophy of Sustainable Design: A New Book Predicts An End To PVC Use

Bill Walsh | July 26, 2004

A new book entitled The Philosophy of Sustainable Design has earned widespread praise by green building leaders.[1] Author Jason McLennan,[2] the Director of Elements, the green consulting division of BNIM Architects, and founder of Ecotone Design, discussed his new book with Bill Walsh of HBN. The book can be purchased at www.ecotonedesign.com.[3]...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

The New Summer Blockbuster: European PVC Lifecycle Analysis ~ The Prequel

Bill Walsh | June 15, 2004

This summer's offering in the long running serial-action- drama series known as the PVC Debate comes from Europe. The new release, "Life Cycle Assessment of PVC and of Principal Competing Materials" by a consulting consortium led by PE Europe GmbH, is being hyped by PVC manufacturers as a blockbuster prequel to the much anticipated ep...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Trade Associations: The Good News & The Same Old Story

Bill Walsh | June 01, 2004

The Environmental Building News reports that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) board of directors voted "not to create a new membership category for trade associations" while at the same time voting "to increase the dialog with trade associations to better understand issues of concern to them and demonstrate that the Council is...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Its Vinyl Burned, Armstrong Can Make Green Flooring Become A Reality

Bill Walsh | May 17, 2004

Armstrong World Industries’ motto is "Your Ideas Become Reality." Here’s the Healthy Building Network’s idea for how Armstrong can turn tragedy into progress, transform the resilient flooring market, and rehabilitate its greenwashing reputation. Armstrong was a major customer of the Formosa Plastics vinyl plant in Illiop...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Fireballs in the Night Sky, Death by a Thousand Cuts

Sandra Steingraber | May 03, 2004

Lessons From The Formosa PVC Plant, Illiopolis, Illinois One morning ten years ago, I was at work on a book about environmental health when the phone rang. It was my Uncle Roy. He wanted me to know that a developer had come to town peddling a plan to construct a giant waste incinerator in the cornfield next to his own. What the man was planning to...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being Green: Earth Day & Green Building 2004

Bill Walsh | April 19, 2004

For inspiration this Earth Day, April 22, look to the green building movement. In word and deed, green building professionals have shown us the unbearable lightness of being green. Start by reading the comments to the US Green Building Council concerning Council governance (trade association membership) and LEED standards (a disputed PVC credit).[1...

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