Additional Resources

There are other great organizations (many collaborating with HBN) working on healthy materials issues. The list below includes some additional resources that may be useful in your quest for healthier building products. If you are using tools and resources that did not make this list, please share them with us so that we can include them. If you have comments about these resources, good or bad, please let us know that too!

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Pharos Project Pharos is the most comprehensive independent database of chemicals and materials — over 100,000 records and counting. It aggregates a vast array of information used for analyzing chemicals of concern. Assessment Tool
Healthy Affordable Materials Project The Healthy Affordable Materials Project seeks to improve the lives and health of affordable housing residents by reducing the use of toxic materials in building products. Website
Health Product Declaration Collaborative The Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Collaborative is a customer-led, member organization committed to the continuous improvement of the building industry’s performance through transparency, openness, and innovation in the product supply chain. Assessment Tool
Health Product Declaration Public Repository The Health Product Declaration (HPD) Public Repository is the authoritative source for published HPDs. HPDs are searchable and available to be downloaded by users – architects, designers, project teams, property owners, or any interested party. Website
Cradle to Cradle Institute Cradle2Cradle sets product standards to guide designers and manufacturers to make products in fundamentally better ways. They provide a C2C Certified Products Registry and a Materials Health Certificate Registry. Certification Program
Chemical Hazards Alternatives Toolbox ChemHAT, the Chemical Hazard and Alternatives Toolbox, is a new internet database designed to offer up easy to use information that we can use to protect ourselves, our families and our co-workers against the harm that chemicals can cause. Website
GreenScreen GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals is a method for comparative chemical hazard assessment. It is used assess the inherent hazards of chemicals and their potential effect on human health and the environment. Assessment Tool
Blue Green Alliance Buidling Clean Product Database This energy efficient housing products and materials supply chain database is designed to better inform and assist the industry in selecting housing products and materials for retrofit of multifamily residential buildings. Website
Building Green Designer Pages Designer Pages Pro is an online software subscription service that helps designers select materials from a database. Website
Environmental Working Group The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Website
ILFI Living Building Challenge The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program. Certification Program
ILFI Living Product Challenge The Living Product Challenge™ re-imagines the design and construction of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. Certification Program
UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment Provides resources to help your family reduce their environmental exposures. Website
Mind Disrupted Discusses how toxic chemicals may change how we think and who we are. From "The Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative". Website
Contaminating our Bodies with Everyday Products New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, Nov. 28, 2015 "Contaminating our Bodies with Everyday Products" Article
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange: Understanding Endocrine Disruption One page description of what endocrine-disrupting chemicals are, how people are exposed to them, and how they affect our health. Article
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange: Low Doses Matter Infographic summarizing health impacts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals and how people are exposed. Article
It’s not just Flint, poor communities across the country live with extreme pollutants The Washington Post, Chris Mooney, Jan. 27, 2016 "It’s not just Flint: Poor communities across the country live with ‘extreme’ polluters" Article
Parsons School of Design Healthy Materials Lab The Healthy Materials Lab formed to build healthier lives for all people through the dramatic reduction of toxins in the building industry. Website
There are too many Flints | MSNBC MSNBC, Hillary Clinton, Jan. 30, 2016 "There are too many Flints" Article
Perkins+Will Precautionary List The Precautionary List includes substances commonly found in the built environment that have been classified by regulatory entities as being harmful to the health of humans and/or the environment. Website
Six Classes A Webinar Series on Chemicals of Concern. Webinar
Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health conducts community-based research to study the health effects of prenatal and early postnatal exposures to common urban pollutants. Website
AIA Sustainability Whitepaper "Materials transparency & risk for architects: An introduction to advancing professional ethics while managing professional liability risks " Article
Mt. Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center The Children’s Environmental Health Center, conducts groundbreaking research to identify the environmental causes of childhood disease. They translate findings into solutions that protect children’s health using research to educate families. Website
Healthy Babies Bright Futures Healthy Babies Bright Futures works to reduce babies’ exposure to a number of toxic chemicals that have negative effects on babies’ brain development. Website
Sweating the Small Stuff: Some molecules don’t belong in a building. Product transparency helps architects keep them out Architectural Record: June 2016 Talks about Product Transparancy Article
Environmental Justice for All EJ4All.org is a communication hub for the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA). Website
Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is a national effort to protect families from toxic chemicals. Website
Oregon Environmental Council Oregon Environmental Council advances innovative, collaborative and equitable solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges for today and future generations. Website
Toxic-Free Future Toxic-Free Future advocates for the use of safer products, chemicals, and practices through advanced research, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and consumer engagement to ensure a healthier tomorrow. Website
Toxic Inequality: Research points to racial disparities in lead risk, and a model for action Harvard Gazette, October 11, 2016, by Colleen Walsh, Harvard Staff Writer Article
Sustainable Minds Transparency Catalog An online resource for finding products with different types of transparent disclosures to help meet green certifications. Website
Made Safe MADE SAFE is a nontoxic certification program that applies widely to products from baby to personal care to household and beyond. We ensure that items we use every day are made with ingredients that aren’t known or suspected to cause human harm. Website