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Posted on Oct 9, 2018 in General

Careful Insulation Selection and Installation Can Protect R-Value and Health

Proper installation techniques as well as protection during installation are key to achieving optimal product performance and to protecting both workers and residents during and after insulation is installed.

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Posted on Sep 10, 2018 in General

Regional Insights Provide a Baseline to Advance Specification Guidance

Are you curious about regional trends in building products? Do you want to know what your peers are using on their projects? Healthy Building Network has collected project specifications to assess baseline information to help you understand typical products installed in affordable housing and identify opportunities for improvement. The results of the Washington, DC baseline specification study are now live on the HomeFree site, where you’ll find similar studies for California, Louisiana, Minnesota, and the Pacific Northwest. Next up is New York.

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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.

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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 led to a renewed, organization-wide commitment to health and their creation of a Healthy Homes Initiative.

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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 adoption of healthier materials in affordable housing. HomeFree connects the dots between the toxics in our built environment and human health implications – like asthma, developmental delays, cancer, and more. This funding will allow us to build capacity through new educational options, co-create actionable solutions with our regional and national partners, and scale our impact.

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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 affordable housing leaders who are improving human health by using less-toxic building materials. The new recommendations and hazard spectrum were developed by HBN for the Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) Healthier Affordable Building Materials project.

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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 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, which encompass NPEs. Expanding the recommendation to include APEs will help avoid regrettable substitutions. If you have been concerned about Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in your paint [1], you should be equally concerned about alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), including nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). Read on to find out why and see a list of products without 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.

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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 impede recycling.

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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”!

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