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HBN Blog category: Tools

Quartz Common Product Profiles Now Available in Pharos

Melissa Coffin | August 01, 2016

Since 2009, the Pharos Project’s Building Products Library (BPL) has been a resource for those seeking disclosure of the chemicals and materials used to formulate and manufacture building products.  More than 1,600 individual building products appear in the BPL, representing 15 different product categories (adhesives, flooring, etc.). Co...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Post-Consumer Flexible Polyurethane Foam Scrap Used In Building Products

Wes Sullens | July 29, 2016

Most post-consumer flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) collected for recycling today contains highly toxic flame retardants. The vast majority of this scrap material is recycled into one type of new building product: bonded carpet cushion. While the practice of diverting vast amounts of FPF from landfills represents a recycling success story, the pote...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Green Seal poised to launch “Greener Insulation” certification

James Vallette | July 25, 2016

This week, product certifier Green Seal plans to release its new insulation standard, almost four months after receiving a slew of critiques of its draft.  It has not yet certified any products, but the organization is asking buyers to ask for “Greener Insulation” that achieves Green Seal certification.  We have not seen an ad...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Spinning Vinyl: A Response for the Record

James Vallette | July 13, 2016

The Vinyl Institute, an association of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturers, continues its industry-sponsored campaign against the Healthy Building Network in its latest blog post, “VALLETTE COULD USE A FACT CHECKER… (AND A PROOFREADER).” Like earlier posts in its Vinyl Verified website, this article has no discernible author....

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HBN Blog category: Materials

HBCD-free Styrofoam™ Insulation Coming to USA

James Vallette | July 08, 2016

By 2018, extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation[2] Last month, Dow trademarked its butadiene styrene brominated copolymer by the name "BLUEDGE™."[4] Polystyrene insulation is the primary use of HBCD. The removal, recycling and disposal of this insulation from buildings will contribute to global HBCD pollution long after companie...

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HBN Blog category: Announcements

Healthy Building Network Announces Executive Leadership Expansion

Bill Walsh | June 30, 2016

Founder Bill Walsh to Become President of the Board

HBN's executive leadership team is comprised of Bill Walsh, President of the Board of Directors; Gina Ciganik, Chief Executive Officer; Larry Kilroy, Chief Technology Officer; and Susan Sabella, Chief Operating Officer. Washington, DC, June 30, 2016. Healthy Building Network (HBN), the green...

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HBN Blog category: Announcements

A Bigger Chemical and Material Library Means Healthier Products

Michel Dedeo | June 29, 2016

As more and more manufacturers disclose chemical hazards through programs like Portico, the Health Product Declaration, Declare, and Cradle to Cradle, it is critical that everyone have access to complete and accurate hazard information, even if they don’t have a chemist on staff. HBN's Chemical and Material Library is growing and evolving...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

From NIMBY to Now in Everyone’s Backyard

James Vallette | June 23, 2016

When one waste disposal option closes, another inevitably opens.  A half-century ago, the federal government started regulating solid wastes and preventing rampant dumping in the woods, ocean, and unlined dumps. Then the so-called Not-In-My-Backyard (NIMBY) movement of the 1970s and 1980s prevented scores of landfills and incinerators from bei...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

On Tire Wastes in Playgrounds

James Vallette | June 16, 2016

As temperatures rise on ballfields across America, so do concerns over the piles of tire waste upon which children play. Synthetic turf playing fields lie atop heaps of finely ground recycled rubber from old tires. In playgrounds, chopped up tire mulch is becoming as common as dirt.  In the United States between 2007 and 2013, enough ground ti...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Filled with Uncertainty: Toxic Dirt in Building & Construction

James Vallette | June 13, 2016

In a cavernous, lightly filled, State House hearing room last month[2]

Over in New York City, regulators have cracked down on soil traders, and say contaminated fill is going into the “cheapest hole.”[4], that received over 11 millions of tons of waste to recycle, including contaminated soil.[6] After losing its license, Pure...

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