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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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HBN Blog category: Policies

Risky Business: Undermining the LEED Material Credit

Tom Lent | May 25, 2016

They did it again. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has pushed another greenwashing credit option into LEED. The new [1] represents perhaps the most audacious effort to date by the ACC to neutralize LEED’s leadership in improving material health in building products. The Credit ignores some of the highest concern chemical hazards (includi...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

ACC Pits Risk Assessment Against Right to Know in New LEED Credit

Tom Lent | May 25, 2016

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) consolidated their gains today in their battle to undermine design teams’ right to know about product contents and hazards with a new LEED Pilot credit.  The Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment Pilot Credit that the USGBC announced this week provides manufacturers with an alternat...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

The Vinyl Industry Strikes Back

James Vallette | April 29, 2016

The Vinyl Institute, a trade association of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturers, this month launched a blog site, called Vinyl Verified, which embodies the spirit of this year’s presidential campaign. The industry website launched with a suite of posts that try to discredit transparency and disclosure tools, many that the modern green buil...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Optimizing Recycling of Flexible Polyurethane Foam

Rebecca Stamm | April 11, 2016

Flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) is found in nearly all upholstered furniture and mattresses, in car seats, and in carpet cushion. About 600,000 tons are incorporated into products purchased in the United States each year.[2] From 1975 until 2014, the open flame requirement of California TB 117 HBN GRAPHIC BASED ON CARPET CUSHION COUNCIL AND CALR...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Take Action for Healthier Building Materials

Tom Lent | March 30, 2016

The Healthy Building Network just posted two articles in our Pharos Signal blog asking readers to take specific actions that can really help bring healthier materials into building products. In the first, "HBN Partnering with Cradle to Cradle for Hazard Screening," I invite you to take a look at the latest exciting feature of our Cradle...

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HBN Blog category: Announcements

HBN Partnering with Cradle to Cradle for Hazard Screening

Tom Lent | March 30, 2016

The Healthy Building Network (HBN)  has recently completed a project with the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to include a Cradle to Cradle view in the Pharos Chemicals and Materials Library (CML). This view will allow anyone with access to Pharos to screen any of the more than 30,000 substances currently catalogued in HBN&rsquo...

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