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HBN Blog category: Policies

Perkins + Will Adds Antimicrobial Products to Precautionary List

Bill Walsh | March 01, 2017

Following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other credible institutions, the global architectural firm of Perkins+Will is placing Products Marketed as Antimicrobial on its Precautionary List. The firm's decision was made after an exhaustive review of available information about the use...

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HBN Blog category: Tools

Healthy Building Network and Google Announce Portico, a First-of-Its-Kind Building Materials Analysis and Decision-making Tool

Larry Kilroy | October 05, 2016

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Healthy Building Network and Google Announce Portico, First-of-Its-Kind Building Materials Analysis and Decision-making Tool

Los Angeles, CA (October 5, 2016) - Building Industry Leaders Perkins + Will, Georgia Institute of Technology, The Durst Organization, Harvard University, and HomeFree Affordable Housing Coh...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

PVC’s Asbestos & Mercury Problems

Bill Walsh | October 03, 2016

For those of you attending Greenbuild this week, I cordially invite you to my Wednesday morning panel, https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/74303/000119312512463608/d436170dex991.htm. [2] According to IHS Markit, "A majority of chlor-alkali capacity is built to supply feedstock for ethylene dichloride (EDC) production. EDC is then used to m...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Ethylene Flood Threatens Viability of Polyethylene Recycling

Wes Sullens | September 23, 2016

Not all recycled content materials are created equal - especially when it comes to recycled plastics. In a new report released by StopWaste and the Healthy Building Network, we take an in-depth look at the health implications, supply chain considerations, and potential to scale up recycling of the world’s most common plastic: Polyet...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

FDA Rule Casts More Doubt On Anti-Microbial Building Products

Bill Walsh | September 07, 2016

Last Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new regulation that bans 19 antimicrobial chemicals, including triclosan and triclocarban, used in hand soaps. [1] restricted substance list, to help building industry professionals avoid these chemicals in building products. During the nearly 40 years [3] Independent investi...

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HBN Blog category: Announcements

HBN Speakers at Second Annual Living Product Expo Pittsburgh, PA | Sept 13-15, 2016

Bill Walsh | August 29, 2016

http://livingproductexpo.org.  We hope you will join us there!

About the Healthy Building Network:

Healthy Building Network works to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in building products as a means of improving human health and the environment. It performs independent, foundational research and product evaluations and develops tools to...

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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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