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Posted on Aug 27, 2019 in General

Looking to strengthen the equity conversation? How about including building materials!

Wondering what makes building materials a public health issue? The word equity plays a big role! Equity and buildings seem worlds apart, but Healthy Building Network is changing that paradigm through research, education, and our HomeFree initiative. 

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Posted on Jul 31, 2019 in General

Take the Transparency Pledge, Lead the Way to Better Health

Building owners and designers in the affordable housing sector are leading the way to healthier products by taking a pledge to prefer products with full and public ingredient disclosures. HBN’s HomeFree Champions have co-designed both a process and tools to make it easier to achieve transparency. Join these leaders by...

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Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in General

"Tens of Millions of Pounds of Phthalates Annually Eliminated from Vinyl Flooring"

Phthalates (thay-lates) are chemicals used to make vinyl soft and pliable for uses such as roofing membrane, wall covering and flooring. Healthy Building Network began a campaign to remove these chemicals from building products in our seminal 2002 report, Environmental Impacts of PVC Building materials. In 2005 we reported that...

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Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in General

Could Chemical Exposures Increase Your Chance of Catching a Cold?

Followers of our work at Healthy Building Network are well-versed in the broad range of impacts that chemical exposures can have on our health. Many chemicals that are common in building materials have been linked to cancer, asthma, and effects on the endocrine system. Did you also know that more...

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