Buildings shouldn’t harm their occupants. Is anything more fundamental than that? Yet many building materials contain toxic substances with the potential to make people sick. Finding and interpreting material health information is an emerging practice among building professionals.
Understand why it’s important
Begin with Why Chemical Transparency Matters, written by BuildingGreen’s editors.
WELL, Fitwel, and LEED
- LEED and WELL Product Labels: A Guide and Analysis
- How WELL Got Green Building’s Groove Back
- WELL v2: What’s Changed?
- What’s an HPD? Health Product Declaration FAQs
- Different Tools for Different Jobs: How HPDs Fit In
- Dances with Hazards: How Real Experts Pull Human Health into Design
- Five Ways Project Teams Are Using HPDs
Textiles and Upholstery
- Three Hazardous Textile Treatments and How to Avoid Them
- Four Credible Certifications to Aid Contract Textile Selection
- A Guide to Selecting Sustainable Textiles
- Textile Choices: Cleaner Options for Every Application
- Finding Furniture Without Toxic Flame Retardants
- The Five Hazard Warnings You Can Usually Ignore
- The High Price of Stain Resistance: Environmental Persistence
- Phthalate Plasticizer Toxicity Explained
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Choosing Healthy Products
BuildingGreen’s independent team of editors has compiled guides to help you learn what to look for when selecting green products that avoid negative health impacts.
New and Noteworthy
Electricity generation from wind and solar is poised to surpass fossil fuel generation in the next 30 years. You can future-proof the buildings you design today to save money and carbon later on.
Colleges and universities are increasingly turning to Passive House for its energy, carbon, and comfort benefits. But getting the details right isn’t easy.
The newly released HPD version 2.2 integrates reporting options for suppliers of parts that go into building products, and for managing multiple versions of a product.