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Posted on Mar 30, 2021 in General

Our Children’s Health Depends on Our Materials Choices

HBN Chief Research Officer Teresa McGrath shares how doing her job and keeping her children safe go hand in hand. This article uses a personal story to discuss two groups (or classes) of toxic chemicals found both in household dust and children’s bodies, and shares recommendations for how we can collectively use our voices and buying power to shift the market towards safer products.

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Posted on Mar 30, 2021 in General

Modular Construction - Let’s Get it Right from the Start

In November 2020, First Community Housing and SERA Architects announced a partnership to build a 66-unit housing project in Morgan Hill, California. The 66-unit apartment building will use modular construction techniques, offering a chance to explore healthier material solutions that leverage the technologies and standardized processes that are characteristic, or at least available to, the modular construction industry.

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Posted on Mar 30, 2021 in General

Dr. MyDzung Chu is Committed to Environmental Justice and Health Equity

As Women’s History month is coming to a close, Healthy Building Network (HBN) would like to take a moment to amplify the voices of the next generation of environmental health leaders - the Agents of Change. If you are not following them, you are falling behind! Today, we will take a moment to highlight the work of one of those Agents, Dr. MyDzung Chu. 

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Posted on Mar 30, 2021 in General

HBN Joins Industry Leaders in Antimicrobials Statement

In the COVID-19 era, the building products industry has seen a notable increase in demand for materials containing antimicrobials. Antimicrobials, however, are typically not added to products to protect people from harm. Healthy Building Network partnered with others in the building products sector, the architecture and design community, and experts in academia to draft a joint statement clarifying what we know and don’t know about antimicrobials in building products, and calling for more research, transparency, and truth in advertising.

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Posted on Feb 24, 2021 in General

Do you know what’s in your recycled material?

Using products that contain recycled content can be a great way to reduce environmental impacts and support a circular economy by keeping still-useful materials out of landfills and avoiding the impacts of manufacturing virgin materials. Unfortunately, some recycled materials contain toxic chemicals that come along for the ride when incorporated into new products.

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Posted on Feb 24, 2021 in General

HBN Adds Staff to Expand Materials Research

HBN is thrilled to welcome Cassidy Clarity as our new Materials Researcher! Cassidy will work with our research team to better understand what chemicals are used in the manufacturing of building materials and the impacts these chemicals have on human health and the environment.

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Posted on Feb 24, 2021 in General

Embodied Carbon and Environmental Justice in the Biden Age

The Biden Administration has an opportunity to advance embodied carbon initiatives in a manner consistent with environmental justice principles. Central to this is a simple philosophy: It’s not “green” if it is not green and healthy for all.

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Posted on Nov 18, 2020 in General

New HomeFree Resources to Help You Achieve 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria

Enterprise Community Partners recently announced that the new 2020 Green Communities Criteria are now in effect. HBN has created a resource to help you achieve the updated healthier materials requirements. 

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Posted on Nov 17, 2020 in General

Turn Black Friday into GREEN Friday

As Thanksgiving approaches, so does a range of retail-focused days, including Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. We all want our holiday gifts to be magical and memorable, but often these purchases have real human health and environmental impacts. Learn how you can make choices that are healthier and safer for your family and the environment.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2020 in General

HomeFree Champions: Industry Leaders Paving the Way to Selecting Healthier Materials

Healthy Building Network is excited to welcome a cohort of new affordable housing professionals to our HomeFree advisory committee, the HomeFree Champions! Learn how these industry leaders help shape our work by creating, testing, and disseminating better practices and building product solutions that are affordable, healthy, and effective.

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