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Posted on Mar 30, 2021 in General

Dr. MyDzung Chu is Committed to Environmental Justice and Health Equity

As Women’s History month is coming to a close, Healthy Building Network (HBN) would like to take a moment to amplify the voices of the next generation of environmental health leaders - the Agents of Change. If you are not following them, you are falling behind! Today, we will take a moment to highlight the work of one of those Agents, Dr. MyDzung Chu. 

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Posted on Mar 30, 2021 in General

HBN Joins Industry Leaders in Antimicrobials Statement

In the COVID-19 era, the building products industry has seen a notable increase in demand for materials containing antimicrobials. Antimicrobials, however, are typically not added to products to protect people from harm. Healthy Building Network partnered with others in the building products sector, the architecture and design community, and experts in academia to draft a joint statement clarifying what we know and don’t know about antimicrobials in building products, and calling for more research, transparency, and truth in advertising.

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Posted on Feb 24, 2021 in General

Do you know what’s in your recycled material?

Using products that contain recycled content can be a great way to reduce environmental impacts and support a circular economy by keeping still-useful materials out of landfills and avoiding the impacts of manufacturing virgin materials. Unfortunately, some recycled materials contain toxic chemicals that come along for the ride when incorporated into new products.

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Posted on Feb 24, 2021 in General

HBN Adds Staff to Expand Materials Research

HBN is thrilled to welcome Cassidy Clarity as our new Materials Researcher! Cassidy will work with our research team to better understand what chemicals are used in the manufacturing of building materials and the impacts these chemicals have on human health and the environment.

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Posted on Feb 24, 2021 in General

Embodied Carbon and Environmental Justice in the Biden Age

The Biden Administration has an opportunity to advance embodied carbon initiatives in a manner consistent with environmental justice principles. Central to this is a simple philosophy: It’s not “green” if it is not green and healthy for all.

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Posted on Nov 18, 2020 in General

New HomeFree Resources to Help You Achieve 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria

Enterprise Community Partners recently announced that the new 2020 Green Communities Criteria are now in effect. HBN has created a resource to help you achieve the updated healthier materials requirements. 

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Posted on Nov 17, 2020 in General

HomeFree Champions: Industry Leaders Paving the Way to Selecting Healthier Materials

Healthy Building Network is excited to welcome a cohort of new affordable housing professionals to our HomeFree advisory committee, the HomeFree Champions! Learn how these industry leaders help shape our work by creating, testing, and disseminating better practices and building product solutions that are affordable, healthy, and effective.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2020 in General

By Popular Demand: A List of Safer Paints

Are you lagging behind in selecting safer paints? With healthier paints readily available on the market at a variety of price points, there's no reason not to be making a safer choice. Check out our list of paints that are free of the most common hazardous chemicals.

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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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