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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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HBN Blog category: Policies

Toxic Insulation, Certified? Green Seal Needs to Hear From You

Tom Lent | March 29, 2016

We have long counted Green Seal (GS) among the leaders in rewarding reduced toxic chemical content in building products. Green Seal did important early work to identify and certify leadership positions among wet applied products in reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) content and, importantly, also to go beyond VOCs to avoidance of other critica...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

Still Crazy After All These Years: Mercury Cells in the Heart of America

James Vallette | March 22, 2016

For many decades, the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) depended upon a controversial technology invented in the 1890s that polluted the air and water with mercury. Today is World Water Day, and it’s worth noting that some factories still use this toxic technology, and are pouring mercury waste into rivers, lakes and oceans around the w...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

East of Flint, One Company Defiantly Continues to Produce Lead Pigments

James Vallette | February 12, 2016

If you are outraged by the lead poisoning of children in Flint, Michigan, take a look at what’s happening just 250 miles to the east, near Toronto, where a Canadian company continues to produce lead compounds and distribute them worldwide for use in paints and plastics. Long after most of us have thought lead pigments were no longer in...

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