Feature Article

Chemistry for Designers: Understanding Hazards in Building Products

March 1, 2010

Now we can see at least the primary ingredients, along with “hazard identification” details. Some of those ingredients are ones we recognize as problematic, and the hazards identified reinforce those concerns. But it’s still hard to decide whether the ingredients are toxic enough to warrant excluding the product from

GreenSpec, and there’s usually no information on environmental concerns or precursor ingredients that might be released during manufacturing but are not part of the finished product.