Posted on Aug 14, 2018

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

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

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

It’s Not Just About VOCs: Select APE-free Paint, Too

Earlier this year, the Healthy Building Network (HBN) recommended specifying nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE)-free paints in addition to low- or very low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints to help protect human health and the environment. HBN is expanding this recommendation to include the broader category of chemical compounds known as alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), which encompass NPEs. Expanding the recommendation to include APEs will help avoid regrettable substitutions. If you have been concerned about VOCs in your paint,[1] you should be equally concerned about APEs, including NPEs. Read on to find out why and see a list of products without APEs.

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Posted on Nov 8, 2017

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

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

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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Posted on Sep 12, 2017

HomeFree: Conversation With a Demonstration Project Partner

HomeFree had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Pat Stockhaus, a member of the Minnesota Demonstration Project Team.

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Posted on Mar 15, 2017

New Report on Antimicrobial Building Products: Avoid Whenever Possible

Earlier this month, Healthy Building Network and the architecture firm Perkins+Will released the outcome of a year’s worth of research on the topic of antimicrobials in building products. After reviewing statements made by several government agencies, scientific and research publications, and claims made about individual products, Healthy Environments: Understanding Antimicrobial Ingredients in Building Materials concludes that there remains no evidence that the use of antimicrobial building products has any benefit to human health, and that these products should be avoided whenever possible.

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Posted on Feb 13, 2017

Does Healthy SPF Exist?

Spray Foam products marketed as being healthier may be formulated without some of the hazardous chemicals traditionally found in SPF products, but don’t replace the really bad actor chemicals. SPF insulation - even those with improved formulations - remain at the bottom of our Stoplight chart, in dark red. (Updated, April 4, 2017.)

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