Informed by our comprehensive research, HBN’s building product guidance uses a red-to-green ranking system to compare material types based on their hazardous content.
HomeFree resources help you prioritize material health and transparency in your design, specifications, and certification processes (including Green Communities).
These recommendations are intended as a high-level resource for those selecting and specifying healthier products, and can be used as a general resource alongside our more detailed product guidance.
The materials we touch, interact with, and are surrounded by every day affect us in ways most don't understand. HomeFree works to shine a light on toxic chemical exposures and transform the built environment by empowering decision makers to identify and use safer building products. As a national program co-created with affordable housing practitioners and designers, we work to improve the health of all people and the planet, especially marginalized communities and children who are disproportionately impacted by toxic chemicals.
HBN’s in-depth research into the hazards associated with toxic chemicals in building materials shapes our guidance on healthier product solutions.
HomeFree’s evidence-based tools and resources make it easy to implement healthier materials into your project that meet cost and performance requirements.
We partner with affordable housing collaboratives, green building certifications, and state housing and environmental agencies to scale the use of healthier materials and transform the market to safer products.
The HomeFree Champions are a dynamic group of national and regional experts, refining, scaling and promoting the work of HomeFree.