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LEED Revisions Would Leave Indigenous Peoples “Open to Exploitation”

Bill Walsh | October 23, 2008 | Policies

There is a choice to be made: to promote economic policies that despoil indigenous land, or to support culture and the remaining biological sanctuaries. - Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest, p.103.

In this issue, I continue my discussion of the US Green Building Council’s proposed revisions to the LEED® wood credit with Doug Pierce of Perkins...

The "New Shower Curtain Smell" May Be Toxic to Your Health

Michael Schade | July 01, 2008 | Materials

A new analysis conducted by two independent laboratories finds that 6 hours after opening a common vinyl shower curtain, it would load a typical bathroom with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over 16 times the guidelines for indoor air quality established by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Washington State Indoor Air Quality Program, and w...

Transforming Green Marketing: Forbo Flooring Systems

Bill Walsh | May 15, 2008 | Optimizing Recycling

from Forbo Sustain brochure Sustain is not perfect. It sometimes claims broad credit for changes that were driven by law, nor is it 100% transparent.[8] We disagree with the assertion that PVC may not always be the most detrimental plastic floor in some cases. But in combination with their Annual Health Safety & Environment Report, Forbo has a...

Certification Manipulation

Pamela Gilbert | January 11, 2008 | Policies

This issue of the Healthy Building News was originally going to discuss the growing confusion over green product standards and certifications, following up on an excellent article in the latest issue of the Environmental Building News. Then we got word of a controversial effort by the PVC industry to weaken Underwriters Laboratories' performanc...

Looking Forward to 2008

Bill Walsh | December 19, 2007 | Optimizing Recycling

Dear Friends, First things first -- Thank You to our readers for the encouragement and support you have given to the Healthy Building News. Your ongoing interest in and support of our work is one of the reasons why the past five years have been a success. Since 2002 we have tried to provide green building professionals with timely, reliable informa...


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...