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Details on the new Home Depot Chemical Strategy

James Vallette | October 25, 2017 | Policies

Home Depot, the largest building product retailer in the U.S., has announced a sweeping new Chemical Strategy that considers several building product categories, including carpet, fiberglass insulation, paints, and laminate flooring.  (See related Healthy Building News article). Home Depot’s Chemical Strategy promises to accelerate...


Eliminating Toxics in Carpet: Lessons for the Future of Recycling

James Vallette | October 18, 2017 | Materials

"Eliminating Toxics in Carpets: Lessons for the Future of Recycling" - a new report by the Healthy Building Network (HBN) - calls for eliminating over 40 highly toxic chemicals in carpets that threaten public health and impede recycling. These toxics are known to cause respiratory disease, heart attacks, strokes, asthma, and immune and de...


New Subscription Research Project Will Map PVC Supply Chain: HBN Seeks Transparency Leaders To Participate

Bill Walsh | July 26, 2017 | Announcements

Today Healthy Building Network (HBN) is announcing a new pilot program of Subscription Research. For nearly 20 years, HBN has provided the building industry with in depth and independent analysis of chemical hazards, industry trends, supply chain and market structures, and the social and environmental impacts of product manufacture. The vision of o...


The Road to Optimizing Asphalt Pavement Recycling

Wes Sullens | March 29, 2017 | Tools

Today the Healthy Building Network and StopWaste released the sixth and final report in our Optimizing Recycling initiative: Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) in Building & Construction. Reclaiming and reusing asphalt has many benefits, including waste prevention, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and lower lifecycle impacts compared to virgin...


Vinyl Building Products Drive Asbestos Use In USA

Bill Walsh | March 22, 2017 | Materials

New research from the Healthy Building Network (HBN) documents how vinyl building products, also known as PVC or polyvinylchloride plastic, are the number one driver of asbestos use in the US. These findings were presented to the US EPA last week in a technical report written by HBN Research Director Jim Vallette on behalf of three public health gr...


Pharos Supports Partner Organizations in Reducing Hazards

Michel Dedeo | March 14, 2017 | Announcements

The Pharos Chemical and Material Library (CML) is an online catalog of over 46,000 chemicals, polymers, metals, and other substances that is continuously updated to provide accurate health hazard data. It identifies key health and environmental information using:

44 authoritative scientific lists for specific human and environmental health h...


Perkins + Will Adds Antimicrobial Products to Precautionary List

Bill Walsh | March 01, 2017 | Policies

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...


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

Larry Kilroy | October 05, 2016 | Tools

 

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...


PVC’s Asbestos & Mercury Problems

Bill Walsh | October 03, 2016 | Materials

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...


Ethylene Flood Threatens Viability of Polyethylene Recycling

Wes Sullens | September 23, 2016 | Materials

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...