mindful MATERIALS: Human Health

Some chemicals used in our buildings can harm factory employees, people in fenceline communities, and jobsite workers. After construction, many types of products can benefit occupants—or put them at risk. Our resources help you leverage ingredient knowledge, wellness insights, and certain certifications for human health-focused decision making. By preferring products that support and foster life throughout their life cycles, practitioners drive efforts to eliminate the use of hazardous substances.

mindful MATERIALS: Human Health

Deep Dives

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  • VOCs in LEED and Other Rating Systems

    Feature Short

    Most building certifications encourage low-emitting and low-VOC products, but they all do it differently. Here’s how it all fits together.

Quick Takes

Jump straight to the essentials with these short explanations of green building concepts.


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Product Guidance

Unbiased information from our product experts helps you separate green from greenwash.


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  • MDF and Particleboard

    Product Guide

    Medium-density fiberboard (MDF), particleboard, and interior-grade plywood can emit formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. Some materials  come from non-sustainable sources.

  • Textiles

    Product Guide

    These high-performance, low-impact fabrics are painstakingly vetted and include biobased synthetics and some natural fibers.

  • Hand Dryers

    Product Guide

    These high-performance electric hand dryers are energy-efficient, fast, and convenient.

  • Wallcoverings

    Product Guide

    These durable wall treatments have no PVC and no toxic phthalates. This mitigates health concerns with this important design choice.

In The News

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