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GREENBUILD 2004 FROM A to Z: Perspectives from Tabletop 14

Bill Walsh | November 19, 2004 | Policies

Last week, the Healthy Building Network (HBN) attended GreenBuild, the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) annual conference and exhibition in Portland, Oregon. GreenBuild gives over 5000 registered attendees access to 450 exhibitors, and over 100 workshops, seminars and speeches. This year HBN staffer Tom Lent made an award-winning poster pres...


Two Independent Critiques Of Vinyl Building Materials Link Flooring & Asthma, Reproductive Problems & PVC Combustion

Bill Walsh | November 01, 2004 | Materials

The Swedish National Testing and Research Institute[1] states as its mission "to contribute to growth and competitiveness of industry as well as to safety, conservation of resources and a good environment in society." This might explain the interest generated by the Institute's recent study published in the October issue of the journa...


The Healthy and High Performing School

Bill Walsh | October 15, 2004 | Policies

The Healthy Schools Network, Inc. is a national not-for-profit organization centered on children's environmental health, and dedicated to assuring every child and school employee an environmentally safe and healthy school. The Healthy Building News asked its leaders to discuss the impact of an important new report on how school buildings affect...


Life Cycle Analysis & Green Building: Credibility at The Crossroads

Tom Lent | September 16, 2004 | Policies

The Sustainable Products Purchasing Coalition (SPPC)[1] hopes to catalyze the market for sustainable products by getting consistent environmental performance data from manufacturers. They've chosen to do this through an Eco-Profile - a standardized form through which manufacturers can provide Life Cycle data for their product compatible with th...


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

Niaz Dorry | August 11, 2004 | Materials

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...


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

Bill Walsh | July 26, 2004 | Policies

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]...