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Our Work

We pursue our mission on three programmatic fronts — independent research, powerful data tools, and capacity-building education — each of which is designed to provide actionable ideas and information that improve health for everyone. Within this framework, we employ five interrelated and mutually reinforcing strategies that together form a path to health.

A Path to Health

Our Approach


HBN Research delivers cutting-edge analysis and proprietary reporting to identify harmful chemical ingredients to avoid. With matchless depth and rigor, our research team analyzes chemical hazards, industry and manufacturing trends, as well as the environmental and health impacts of products.


HBN offers educational opportunities to help all people know better. HomeFree is HBN’s flagship national initiative to support affordable housing leaders with education for the selection of healthier products. HomeFree provides simple tools and resources that create better health outcomes.

Data Tools

Pharos is a tool to help scientists, researchers, and product innovators discover problematic chemicals and collaborate to find safer alternatives. It is the most comprehensive, independent database of chemicals, polymers, metals, substances and their associated health hazards in the industry.


Transparent and Actionable Solutions

Research Services

Healthy Building Network prides itself on independent and unbiased research. Our partners and stakeholders rank our independence and impartiality as a key value proposition in their decision to work with us. Our analysis of chemical hazards, industry trends, supply chain and market structures, and the health, social, and environmental impacts of product manufacture is widely respected for its depth and rigor.


Are you struggling to make informed choices about chemical hazards in your products, or seeking to identify healthier chemical or material alternatives? HBN works directly with funding partners to develop the goals, carry out the research and publish the results. Preferred funding partners are those with whom we explicitly share goals for transparency and industrial transformation, in addition to sharing our Values, Vision, and Mission.


Do you have a research topic that would generate interest from multiple stakeholders? HBN is pilot testing a “crowd-funded” research model to allow several interested parties to jointly participate in funding support for select research projects. HBN develops the goals, carries out the research and publishes the results. Subscribers get research updates and prepublication access to research findings.


Are you looking for a co-author or peer reviewer of your chemical hazard or product research? HBN works with organizations to jointly develop the goals, conduct the research, and publish the results. If you have a research project that could use our expertise and you share our values, vision, and mission, please reach out!

Data Access

Healthy Building Network provides three ways to access our tools:


Does your job require you to know more about chemicals used in products you use or manufacture? A monthly or annual subscription to Pharos will provide the most comprehensive independent database of chemicals, polymers, metals, and other substances — currently at 140,046 records and counting. Using dozens of scientific lists for specific human and environmental health hazards, it aggregates a vast array of information used for analyzing chemicals of concern. The tool also provides a wealth of information on certifications and standards used to measure the health impacts of building materials, including VOC content and emissions, recycled and biobased content, and much more.

Licensing &
Program Interface

Do you need access to chemical hazard data, or have an application that could benefit from a robust chemical and material database? HBN licenses access to the Pharos chemical and material profiles via an API. Pharos now profiles over 140,046 chemicals and bio-based materials for an array of health and environmental hazards, including carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, reproductive toxicity, and endocrine disruption, against dozens of authoritative hazard lists issued by governments, NGOs, and other expert bodies. Pharos chemical data also provides chemical hazard data to a number of other important 3rd party transparency and product evaluation tools.

Email Michel Dedeo, chemist, at for more information.


Is your organization interested in committing to healthy building practices, improving your chemical management strategy, or building your capacity to make informed decisions on healthier products? HBN experts consult on practices that increase transparency in the building products industry, reduce human exposures to chemicals in building materials, and create market incentives for healthier innovations in manufacturing.


Do you have an upcoming conference or educational session and are in need of a dynamic presenter? As groundbreaking thought leaders, members of the HBN team are often quoted and are in regular demand at industry events for our commitment to transparency and public disclosure, deep knowledge of chemical hazards found in products and their human and environmental health implications, and solutions that reduce toxic chemical use. Call on us to deliver impactful keynote addresses, facilitate engaging panel discussions and convene results-oriented working groups.