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Posted on Apr 10, 2016 in General

CompAIR

The CompAIR volatile ingredients calculator helps users identify building products that release less chemicals into the air. Since we are exposed to these chemicals when we breathe, and some are hazardous, selecting products with lower or no Volatile Ingredients can help avoid damaging worker and occupant health.

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Posted on Mar 21, 2016 in Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Biobased

“Biobased” is a term used in the marketing materials of many types of products. While biobased technically describes a product made from a living material (soybean oil, wool, etc.) marketing materials may stretch this definition to include minerals or other naturally occurring materials that aren’t renewable, or suggest that an entire product is made of biobased materials, when in fact only a small percentage of the product is.

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Posted on Feb 10, 2016 in Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Asthmagen

Asthmagens are substances that are known to cause or exacerbate asthma. Health organizations have identified a number chemical asthmagens, including many that are commonly used in building materials, such as floorings, insulations and cabinet substrates.

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Posted on Nov 18, 2015 in General

New Research Shows Formaldehyde No Longer Used in Residential Fiberglass Insulation -- by Jim Vallette

New research shows the light density residential fiberglass insulation industry in the U.S. and Canada has finally eliminated the use of formaldehyde-based binders in its manufacturing. Formaldehyde is a human toxicant with a long history of use in residential insulation, but it—like 62,000 other chemicals— was grandfathered in and is unregulated by the federal government under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.

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Posted on Nov 13, 2015 in General

Rapid Change Sweeps Flooring Industry -- by Jim Vallette

Resilient floors and carpets made today are quite different than those made just a few years ago. On Monday morning, I will join flooring experts from manufacturing firms, architecture and design firms, and hospitals, to discuss these changes at the Healthcare Design Conference in Washington, D.C. (1)

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Posted on Nov 11, 2015 in General

Kaiser Says No to Antimicrobial Surfaces in its Facilities -- by Tom Lent

In October, the healthcare giant Kasier Permanente prohibited its design teams from specifying fabric, furniture or finishes with any chemicals from a list of 13 antimicrobials that HBN researchers found are commonly used in building products.

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