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Posted on Sep 10, 2018 in General

Just Released: These Healthier Insulations and Sealants Also Improve Energy Efficiency

Addressing concerns that some insulation products release unhealthy chemicals, HBN is proud to have conducted the extensive materials research detailed in a new guide to healthier insulation and air sealing materials released today. While the report focuses on affordable, multifamily housing, its...

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Posted on Aug 14, 2018 in General

HomeFree helped make the Liberty Bank Building a healthier place to live – What could it do for your project?

As part of our HomeFree program, Healthy Building Network partnered with Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) on a pacific northwest demonstration project at their Liberty Bank Building. The partnership provided information and research for CHH to explore and select healthier, alternative materials, and le...

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Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in General

HomeFree Receives Funding to Expand its Pioneering Work

The JPB Foundation has awarded Healthy Building Network funding to continue and expand the work of our pioneering HomeFree initiative, which improves the health of marginalized communities by advancing and accelerating the adopti...

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Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in General

New Sealant Category for Healthier Energy Efficiency Programs

Healthy Building Network has introduced a new sealant category on HomeFree, our national initiative supporting ...

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Posted on Apr 12, 2018 in General

It’s Not Just About VOCs: Select APE-free Paint, Too

Earlier this year, the Healthy Building Network (HBN) recommended specifying NPE-free paints in addition to low- or very low VOC paints to help protect human health and the environment. HBN is expanding this recommendation to include the broader category of chemical compounds known as APEs, ...

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Posted on Nov 8, 2017 in General

Home Depot Eliminates Toxic Chemicals From Paint, Flooring, and Insulation

Home Depot, the largest building product retailer in the U.S., has announced a sweeping new Chemical Strategy that considers several building product categories, including carpet, fiberglass insulation, paints, and laminate flooring. (See related ...

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Posted on Oct 23, 2017 in General

New Report on Carpet Recycling

Healthy Building Network's report on post-consumer carpet feedstocks calls for eliminating over 40 highly toxic chemicals in carpets that threaten public health and imp...

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Posted on Sep 20, 2017 in General

Q&A from “When is it "green"? Preventing the Toxic Effects of Spray Foam Insulation”

Thanks to all who attended our webinar “When is it "green"? Preventing the Toxic Effects of Spray Foam Insulation”! This webinar was co-presented by Healthy Building Network researchers, Jim Vallette and Rebecca Stamm, and Greg Siwinski, a practicing field industria...

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Posted on Sep 12, 2017 in General

HomeFree: Conversation With a Demonstration Project Partner

HomeFree had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Pat Stockhaus, a member of the Minnesota Demonstration Project Team. Pat is Director of Facilities Management for CommonBond Communities.  He oversees an affordable housing portfolio of over 6,000 units with over 10,000 residents. As par...

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Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in General

New Report on Antimicrobial Building Products: Avoid Whenever Possible

In Summary: 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...

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