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Who's Afraid of Bromine?

September 26, 2014. Bromine-based chemicals such as polybrominated diphenyl ether or hexabromocyclododecane are all around us, in our homes and even in our foods. Even though some have been banned or withdrawn, the bromine industry feels that it has become the victim of 'chemophobia.' What are the facts? What should you know? This article by Laurence Knight of BBC News provides needed background about the issue.   [[Click to read the article.]]

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Healthy Environments: Strategies for Avoiding Flame Retardants in the Built Environment

October 17, 2014. Perkins+Will's Healthy Materials Group and Science Fellow Michel Dedeo released a white paper identifying both new and existing opportunities to design healthier buildings without compromising fire safety or code compliance. The research can help designers identify products that should be subjected to extra scrutiny during the design and construction process. The white paper also helps to identify gaps in current understanding of the sources and paths of chemical exposure.   [[Click to read the whitepaper.]]

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What can I find here?

The Precautionary List includes substances commonly found in the built environment that have been classified by regulatory entities as being harmful to the health of humans and/or the environment. As such, this compilation is an ever-evolving and is updated as new data comes to light. This tool encourages users to employ the precautionary principle in the specification of building products.
This list identifies Asthmagens--substances that induce the chronic condition of asthma--commonly found in the built environment. This list is a compilation of substances that have identified human health impacts in the manufacturing, installation, and removal processes, as well as in the existing built environment. Compiled from third-party, government and academic sources, this list brings awareness on the causes of the disease and helps users make informed decisions on design and construction with respect to building products under the precautionary principle.
This list catalogs flame retardants found in the built environment. A comprehensive list providing in-depth knowledge of flame retardants, this tool is primarily informational and educational, and helps users understand not only where flame retardants are found in the built environment, but also if identified toxicity levels have a potential impact on human health. The original research was done by the Green Science Policy Institute.
In our ever-growing library of resources you will find a variety of materials, including a white paper on the potential human and environmental impacts of fly ash, the first on-product transparency label, a video interview on material health in healthcare design, and much more.