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A national initiative supporting affordable housing leaders who are improving human health by using less toxic building materials.
We’ve heard from several HomeFree users that they’d like help understanding their best options for flooring adhesives. In response, Healthy Building Network has created another “stoplight chart” for adhesives ranking the most common options.Read More
In a standard two-bedroom apartment, there could be as many as 450 linear feet of baseboard, casings, and other trim. Follow these tips to minimize the hazardous materials in these applications.Read More
Cabinet fronts, doors, and drawer fronts tend to be made from solid hardwood. However, the rest of the cabinet is generally made from various composite wood materials, such as plywood or particleboard, which can release formaldehyde into indoor air. Follow these tips to minimize the impact that cabinets have on interior spaces:Read More
When you consider the number of doors installed in a typical home, it’s clear that careful selection of the materials in those doors can have multiplying effects. Follow these tips to limit the amount of formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals introduced into your project.Read More
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Paul C. N. Mellblom
As a Principal at MSR, an architecture and interior design firm, Paul has overseen multiple award-winning affordable housing projects. His work includes The Rose, Minnesota’s first affordable housing project to incorporate Living Building Challenge principles.
Paul’s passion for affordable housing comes through in his professional practice and volunteer work. Paul received a 2013 AIA Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award for his volunteer work, and is president of the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together Twin Cities. Paul also lectures, nationally and internationally, on high performance affordable housing.
He is a registered architect, holding a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas-Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University.