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A national initiative supporting affordable housing leaders who are improving human health by using less toxic building materials.
The idea of a “plastic building” might bring to mind Barbie DreamHouses or Lego towers, but probably not the real life spaces we occupy every day. However, plastics have a long history of use in construction and are increasingly being used in a wide variety of building products.Read More
Whether you've been a fan of HBN for a long time or you have just been introduced to our work, there’s a good chance you might have come across our HomeFree program. This brief primer will get you up to speed with our latest resources and actionable steps you can...Read More
Earlier this year, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) awarded Healthy Building Network a grant to work alongside a community-based organization called Renters United for Justice to reduce toxic chemical exposures among vulnerable individuals. Read about one tenant's story and how a new cooperative is making strides to create safer...Read More
The production and use of plastics is predicted to soon be the largest driver of world oil demand. While plastic building products are often marketed in ways that give the illusion of progress toward recycling and a circular economy, the reality is that virtually no plastic building materials are recycled. ...Read More
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Associate, Design and Building Performance, POAH
Katelin is part of POAH’s Design and Building Performance team, where she maintains the Basis of Design (BOD), POAH’s in-house design standards, for both the owned and emerging portfolio. As part of overseeing the BOD, she manages, distributes, and enforces the use of this standard, while researching and rolling out new BOD materials. She assists residential site staff, answering questions on building products, systems, and materials, along with hosting trainings for maintenance staff. Additionally, she works with development project managers to review capital needs, distributing and reviewing the BOD with architects, engineers, and consultants during a project’s design and construction phases. Katelin holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Real Estate Development from Tulane University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Miami University.