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Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in General

New Report on Antimicrobial Building Products: Avoid Whenever Possible

Earlier this month, Healthy Building Network and the architecture firm Perkins+Will released the outcome of a year’s worth of research on the topic of antimicrobials in building products. After reviewing statements made by several government agencies, scientific and research publications, and claims made about individual products, Healthy Environments: Understanding Antimicrobial Ingredients in Building Materials concludes that there remains no evidence that the use of antimicrobial building products has any benefit to human health, and that these products should be avoided whenever possible.

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Posted on Feb 13, 2017 in General

Does Healthy SPF Exist?

Spray Foam products marketed as being healthier may be formulated without some of the hazardous chemicals traditionally found in SPF products, but don’t replace the really bad actor chemicals. SPF insulation - even those with improved formulations - remain at the bottom of our Stoplight chart, in dark red. (Updated, April 4, 2017.)

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Posted on Jan 18, 2017 in General

Don’t Get Stuck With an Unhealthy Adhesive

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.

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Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in General

Trimming Interior Hazards Through Careful Selection of Millwork

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.

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Teresa Skaar uploaded a file: Pharos Product Certification Information

Teresa Skaar created a project: Homes on Johnson Pond

Teresa Skaar created a report: 'HomeFree General Spec Guidance' Gina Ciganik uploaded Roundtable Resources.PDF


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