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Posted on Sep 27, 2021 in General

Transparency Report - Leaders and Laggards

Materials transparency is foundational to improving the health and safety of building materials. Last year, we wrote about the growth we’ve seen in the past decade in the amount and quality of data that’s available. This year we looked a little closer, and it’s clear that some product categories are...

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Posted on Sep 27, 2021 in General

Low- and No-Cost Ways to Start Using Safer Materials

It can feel daunting to know where to start prioritizing material health in your work. You may feel like you don’t have the time or budget to select materials that are free of hazardous chemicals. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple, low- or no-cost ways to start incorporating healthier materials...

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Posted on Sep 27, 2021 in General

Health is at the Center of Harvard’s New Engineering Complex

Earlier this year, Harvard University dedicated its new Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), a model for green building and the largest project and first research laboratory to achieve the ILFI's Living Building Challenge Petal Certification. We sat down with Harvard's Chief Sustainability Officer Heather Henriksen to learn more about the...

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Posted on Jul 27, 2021 in General

Our Plastic Buildings - the New Driver of Fossil Fuel Demand

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.

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