The infusion of antimicrobial materials into building products is on the rise.  Manufacturers now routinely add substances such as nano-silver and the pesticide triclosan to paints, tiles and grouts, carpets, solid surfaces, faucets, elevator buttons and toilet seats.  The dirty truth is: they do not make people healthier. They do cause environmental harm throughout their lifecycle. And their overuse, like the overuse of antibiotics, may contribute to the evolution of microbes that...

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What's in Your Feedstock?

Some recycled ingredients are more toxic than the virgin materials they replace; some recycled ingredients are less toxic than the virgin materials they replace. HBN has teamed up with StopWaste and San Francisco Dept. of Environment to investigate the dominant recycled content feedstocks used in building materials.  Phase one of a new report will be published later this year.  Make sure you sign up to receive a copy.

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Pharos ProjectThe Pharos Project is the most independent and comprehensive database for identifying health hazards associated with building products, and has succeeded in elevating the issues of human health and well-being to a top priority in the building industry. The Pharos Project encourages disclosure of chemical hazards in building products, helps architects, designers and engineering firms...

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