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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...
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...
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....
James Vallette | July 08, 2016
By 2018, extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation Last month, Dow trademarked its butadiene styrene brominated copolymer by the name "BLUEDGE™." 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
James Vallette | June 13, 2016
In a cavernous, lightly filled, State House hearing room last month
Over in New York City, regulators have cracked down on soil traders, and say contaminated fill is going into the “cheapest hole.”, that received over 11 millions of tons of waste to recycle, including contaminated soil. After losing its license, Pure...
Tom Lent | May 25, 2016
They did it again. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has pushed another greenwashing credit option into LEED. The new  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...