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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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Posted on Feb 13, 2017 in General

Does Healthy SPF Exist?

In Summary: 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 formul...

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Posted on Jan 18, 2017 in General

Don’t Get Stuck With an Unhealthy Adhesive

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” ranking t...

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Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in General

Trimming Interior Hazards Through Careful Selection of Millwork

In Summary: In a standard two-bedroom apartment, there could be as many as 450 linear feet of baseboard, casings, and other trim.  To minimize the hazardous materials in these applications: Prefer solid wood with a factory finish whenever possible....

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Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in General

Getting A Better Handle on Cabinet Specifications

In Summary: Cabinet fronts, doors, and drawer fronts tend to be made from solid hardwood.  However, the rest of the cabinet is generally made from various composite wood materials, such as plywood or particleboard, which can release formaldehyde into indoor air. &nbs...

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Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in General

Avoiding Hazardous Material in Doors

In Summary: When you consider the number of doors installed in a typical home, it’s clear that careful selection of the materials in those doors can have multiplying effects.  To limit the amount of formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals introduced into your ...

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