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A national initiative supporting affordable housing leaders who are improving human health by using less toxic building materials.
Earlier this month, Healthy Building Network and the architecture firm Perkins+Will released the outcome of a year’s worth of research on the topic of antimicrobials in building products. After reviewing statements made by several government agencies, scientific and research publications, and claims made about individual products, Healthy Environments: Understanding Antimicrobial Ingredients in Building Materials concludes that there remains no evidence that the use of antimicrobial building products has any benefit to human health, and that these products should be avoided whenever possible.Read More
Spray Foam products marketed as being healthier may be formulated without some of the hazardous chemicals traditionally found in SPF products, but don’t replace the really bad actor chemicals. SPF insulation - even those with improved formulations - remain at the bottom of our Stoplight chart, in dark red. (Updated, April 4, 2017.)Read More
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
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Paul C. N. Mellblom
As a Principal at MSR, an architecture and interior design firm, Paul has overseen multiple award-winning affordable housing projects. His work includes The Rose, Minnesota’s first affordable housing project to incorporate Living Building Challenge principles.
Paul’s passion for affordable housing comes through in his professional practice and volunteer work. Paul received a 2013 AIA Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award for his volunteer work, and is president of the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together Twin Cities. Paul also lectures, nationally and internationally, on high performance affordable housing.
He is a registered architect, holding a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas-Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University.