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Posted on Jul 22, 2020 in General

New HomeFree Resources for Choosing Safer Drywall

Healthy Building Network has made it easy to select safer drywall for your next project. Our new Drywall Hazard Spectrum was just added to our HomeFree product guidance resources. 

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Posted on Jul 6, 2020 in General

Selecting the Wrong Drywall Could Introduce Mercury into the Environment

Make a big impact without paying more or sacrificing performance by ensuring your specification provides an incentive for drywall with: 1. The lowest amount of pre-consumer recycled content you can find; prefer natural gypsum over synthetic gypsum. 2. A preference for post-consumer recycled content. To promote a more circular, sustainable process, encourage your contractor to separate drywall scrap for recycling. Watch this short video on recycling drywall.

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Posted on Jun 30, 2020 in General

Choosing Drywall Accessory Products

Several types of accessory products are commonly used in drywall installation. Paper tape and joint compound, also referred to as ‘mud,’ are used for sealing the joints between drywall panels. Sealants may also be used to seal gaps for acoustical reasons. Here are some general rules of thumb to use when choosing drywall accessory materials.

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Posted on Jun 30, 2020 in General

Healthy Building Network Welcomes Roberto Valle Kinloch as the new HomeFree Manager

HBN is thrilled to announce new leadership of our HomeFree program. Please join us in welcoming Roberto Valle Kinloch!

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Posted on Jun 30, 2020 in General

How Do We Know? A Peek Inside HBN’s Research Process

When we know better we do better. For 20 years, HBN has been a source of the truth in building materials contents and the associated hazards and impacts of those materials. How do we know this information? This article offers insights into the research methodology that help us “know better”.

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Posted on Jun 30, 2020 in General

Materials Transparency: Past, Present and Future

Our colleagues at the Health Product Declaration Collaborative recently implemented the newest version of the Health Product Declaration Open Standard, v2.2. At HBN, we thought we’d take the opportunity to consider where we currently are with respect to transparency in the built environment, reflect upon how far we have come and look forward to where we are headed.  

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Posted on Jun 1, 2020 in General

We Stand With Black, Brown, and Indigenous Communities

We stand with people of color and demand justice and equality. We grieve with you. We share your anger and outrage. We pray with you for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others who have been killed or oppressed through racist systems and acts. We send our love to you.

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Posted on May 26, 2020 in General

Do Antimicrobial Building Products Protect Against COVID-19?

Countertops, door handles, light switches. Now in the time of COVID-19, we are more aware than ever these high-touch surfaces need to be kept clean. But are building products advertised as containing antimicrobials such a good idea?

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Posted on May 26, 2020 in General

New COVID-19 Resources Page

HBN recently launched our new COVID-19 page. There you will find links to resources from HBN and trusted partners that can help you make informed decisions about how to use disinfectants and antimicrobial products, or not, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC.

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Posted on Feb 27, 2020 in General

Tools You Can Use: HomeFree Specifications for Healthier Paint and Flooring

If you’re an architect, specification writer, or developer and you want to specify healthier paint and flooring materials, the new HomeFree Specifications can help. HBN developed specification language in editable Word documents organized according to MasterFormat® standard divisions. In addition to drop-in specification language, the Specifications also provide examples of products that meet the spec requirements. Lauren Zullo, Director of Environmental Impact at Jonathan Rose Companies says, “The HomeFree Specifications are really clear documents that my team can pass along to our various architects and general contractors to help provide the reasoning behind WHY we’re asking for what we’re asking for, in terms of healthier materials. It not only helps increase awareness, but allows design teams to make more informed decisions with value engineered product selection.”

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