Welcome to HomeFree
A national initiative supporting affordable housing leaders who are improving human health by using less toxic building materials.
The Homefree website now includes a “stoplight chart” for Countertops. Topping the list for healthier countertop materials is lead-free (US-made) ceramic tile, followed by solid surface products such as Corian, then engineered quartz and cultured marble. Plastic laminate and granite fall to the bottom of the ranking.Read More
HBN created a "cheat sheet" to help connect the dots between our guidance on vinyl flooring and the technical literature produced by manufacturers. Have this sheet at the ready when a vinyl floor is necessary on your next project, and you're looking to make it as healthy as possible.Read More
Learn how affordable housing communities can help ensure the quality of recycled polyethylene plastics, preventing contaminants from being incorporated into future building products made from this scrap. Healthy Building Network’s research into current recycling practices offers guidance.Read More
At your request, we’ve expanded the chart once again to include two variations of ceramic tiles on the market: those manufactured in the USA and those manufactured abroad.Read More
Featured Project: The Rose
COMING SOON -- The Project Profile is still under construction. When finished, the projects page will feature affordable housing developments using healthier building products. This section will also feature the 6 Demonstration Projects currently being selected in each of the six Communities of Practice. A standard project template will be used to help compare data. We will send out an announcement as soon as this site is populated.Read More
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.