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Free Database Can Guide Early Design Decisions on Carbon, Health

The Quartz Project opens up Pharos and GaBi intelligence to the public, combining the formats of HPDs and EPDs into one tool.

October 27, 2015

Designers gather information from a variety of sources in their quest to understand the health and environmental impacts of building materials—but even if they get all the information they want (rare), the data can be difficult to understand in context.

A new database, which is free and open for public use, has collected baseline environmental and health data on 100 common products. These generic materials help lay the groundwork for a broader understanding of how individual products compare to standard practice.