Welcome to HomeFree
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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As Project Manager for the HomeFree initiative, Amanda is responsible for managing the integration of the Healthy Building Network resources into the Regional Demonstration projects, and cultivating the related Community of Practice peer-to-peer networks.
Amanda has worked in the design and construction industry for 21 years, with a focus on sustainability for the past 12 years. As president of the consulting firm verdeculture, she combines her passion for clear communication with her hands-on sustainable construction experience.
Previously she was the Sustainability Director for a large general contractor, with a key role in notable projects, including the first Minnesota LEED-Certified multi-family residential project and first LEED-NC Platinum building in Minnesota.
Amanda holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, and is a vested union laborer. Her unique background and perspective on the design and construction industry allows her to facilitate unified communication between its varied groups.