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Chemical Risk Assessments Come to LEED v4

A controversial pilot credit developed with the American Chemistry Council looks into toxic exposure risk from building materials for installers and occupants.

If there’s a carcinogen in your insulation but you never come in contact with it, can the carcinogen give you cancer?

Of course it can’t. But if you or someone else—like a factory worker—does come in contact with that substance, a deadly illness could result. Knowing that, might it be better to simply eliminate the chemical, or replace it with a less toxic alternative?

Published July 5, 2016