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Posted on Nov 17, 2016 in General

Solid Choices in Healthier Countertops

The Homefree website now includes a “stoplight chart” for Countertops. Topping the list for healthier countertop materials is lead-free (US-made) ceramic tile, followed by solid surface products such as Corian, then engineered quartz and cultured marble. Plastic laminate and granite fall to the bottom of the ranking.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2016 in General

A Cheat Sheet for Decoding Vinyl Product Literature

HBN created a "cheat sheet" to help connect the dots between our guidance on vinyl flooring and the technical literature produced by manufacturers. Have this sheet at the ready when a vinyl floor is necessary on your next project, and you're looking to make it as healthy as possible.

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Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in General

Brief: Post-Consumer Polyethylene in Building Products

Learn how affordable housing communities can help ensure the quality of recycled polyethylene plastics, preventing contaminants from being incorporated into future building products made from this scrap. Healthy Building Network’s research into current recycling practices offers guidance.

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Posted on Oct 24, 2016 in General

Spectrum of Flooring Options Now Includes Ceramic Tiles

At your request, we’ve expanded the chart once again to include two variations of ceramic tiles on the market: those manufactured in the USA and those manufactured abroad.

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Posted on Sep 9, 2016 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 highest percentage of natural gypsum possible. 2. The lowest amount of pre-consumer recycled content. 3. A preference for post-consumer recycled content. When using healthier drywall products, encourage your contractor to separate waste for recycling. Watch this short video on recycling drywall.

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Posted on Aug 19, 2016 in General

Brief: Post-Consumer Flexible Polyurethane Foam Scrap Used In Building Products

Carpet cushion (that soft layer installed between a sub-floor and a carpet) is made from flexible polyurethane foam (FPF). Generally that foam is recycled scrap from the manufacture of furniture, such as couch cushions, or old carpet cushion itself. Healthy Building Network’s research into current recycling practices for FPF indicates that most post-consumer foam is contaminated with highly toxic flame retardants.

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Posted on Aug 10, 2016 in General

A Primer on Interior Paint

Interior paints can cover enormous amounts of a building’s surface area in a building. Walls and ceilings, as well as moldings and casings can all be painted surfaces. Selecting a palette of paint products that have the fewest hazards possible for a given project can therefore have a magnified impact on occupants.

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Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in General

HBCD-free Styrofoam™ Insulation Coming to USA -- by Jim Vallette

Good news in the insulation world. By 2018, extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation will be available in North America without the extremely toxic flame retardant, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD).

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Posted on Jun 17, 2016 in General

On Tire Wastes in Playgrounds -- by Jim Vallette

"The tire industry has thrived in a regulatory void." HBN's Jim Vallette explains how tire waste came to America's playgrounds.

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Posted on Jun 13, 2016 in General

Filled with Uncertainty: Toxic Dirt in Building & Construction -- by Jim Vallette

What's the latest dirt? Jim Vallette finds a lot to uncover in construction fill and playground mulch.

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