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Posted on Oct 28, 2020 in General

HBN Welcomes Two New Staff in Fall 2020

HBN is thrilled to announce two new staff additions to our team! We'd like to introduce Austin Wiebe, our new Senior Director of Communications and Marketing, and Nsilo Berry, Health Impact Researcher.

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Posted on Oct 28, 2020 in General

Solutions for Safer Turf

HBN has released new research on the human and environmental hazards surrounding natural and artificial turf solutions. Our Hazard Spectrum compares various options and their related hazards in an easy to read format.

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Posted on Oct 28, 2020 in General

Together, We Can Eliminate Disease Linked to Chemical Exposures

2020 has been a year like no other. The COVID-19 pandemic and uprisings for racial justice have disrupted lives, communities and business as usual around the world. It has shown that our work is more important than ever. As we reflect on our past 20 years and look forward to our next, we are grateful for your partnership, support, and leadership and are excited to forge ahead on the Next 20 Years of our critical work, together, with you.

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Posted on Jul 22, 2020 in General

Selecting the Wrong Drywall Could Introduce Mercury into the Environment

While one drywall board may look very much like another, some are made with naturally occurring gypsum, while others are made from gypsum manufactured from treated waste generated at coal-fired power plants and can introduce mercury into the environment during manufacturing. This article includes details of HBN’s recently updated analysis of mercury emissions from drywall manufacturing and our current recommendations.

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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 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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