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Posted on Dec 16, 2021 in General

Apply Now: Free Technical Assistance for Affordable Housing Practitioners

HBN’s HomeFree program is excited to announce that it has received funding to provide a new round of technical assistance to six organizations seeking to improve their material practice by using healthier products. This opportunity is available at no cost to building owners, managers, developers, architecture firms, and general contractors who own, build, and/or manage affordable housing projects in the United States.   

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Posted on Dec 16, 2021 in General

A Year End Gift that Heals

At HBN, we are poised to be a force for healing together with you. As we work to "build back better," we must build back differently – taking seriously the impact on our bodies of relentless toxic chemical exposures from the manufacture and use of building materials. By making a contribution to HBN before the end of the year, you show your commitment to a safer, healthier future for our planet and the people who inhabit it. 

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Posted on Dec 16, 2021 in General

HBN Co-Signs Updated Louisville Charter Calling for Environmental Justice

HBN and 100+ organizations stand united behind the new Louisville Charter for Safer Chemicals, a roadmap for transforming the chemical industry to one that is no longer a source of greenhouse gas emissions and significant human and environmental health harms. Launched December 7, the goal of the updated charter is to protect human health and the environment and achieve environmental justice for all who experience disproportionate impacts from cumulative chemical sources, including people of color, low-income people, Tribes and Native/Indigenous communities, women, children, and farmworkers.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2021 in General

Turn Black Friday GREEN

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 16, 2021 in General

Industry Leaders You Should Know: Simona Fischer, MSR Design

As registered architect, sustainable design professional, and associate with MSR Design, Simona Fischer has spent much of her career thus far developing and testing strategies for integrating sustainable design into the workflow of architectural practice. She was instrumental in the Living Building Challenge Petal Certification of MSR Design’s new downtown Minneapolis headquarters, which achieved the materials, beauty, and equity petals. We sat down with Simona to learn more and to get her perspective on the green building industry today.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2021 in General

New HomeFree Resource: How to Create Healthier Materials Guidelines

HomeFree is excited to announce a brand new resource designed to help architects, building owners, managers, and developers create materials guidelines that support human and environmental health in housing projects. Conceived as a complementary resource to HBN’s product guidance, this guide will walk you through how to institutionalize healthier material considerations across your projects and organization. 

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Posted on Oct 27, 2021 in General

Addressing the Plastics Crisis: Why Vinyl Has to Go

If we are to have any chance of addressing the global plastics crisis, Polyvinyl Chloride plastic (PVC), also known as vinyl, has got to go. In this article, HBN founder Bill Walsh explains the technical, economic, and behavioral reasons why.

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Posted on Oct 27, 2021 in General

What to Know When Selecting Water Pipes

Water intake pipes are different from a lot of other building materials as they are one of the only materials that come directly into contact with the water that we drink, cook with, and wash with everyday. HBN recently released a new Water Pipes Hazard Spectrum comparing the impacts of different pipe materials from a health perspective.

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Posted on Oct 27, 2021 in General

Two New Faces Continue Growth at HBN

HBN is thrilled to introduce you to two new staff members: Lindsy “LB” Bissonnette, Development Manager, and Anjanette Green, Senior Director of Product Transformation.

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Posted on Oct 27, 2021 in General

The True Costs of Toxic Materials

The reality of today's materials market is that some products can be sold cheaply because someone else is carrying the burden of the true cost. In this article, we aim to expand your thinking about the cost of materials to account for the costs borne by individuals and fenceline communities who are exposed to toxic chemicals every day.

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