Encouraging Material Health in the Built Environment

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Item Number 1
GOAL


It is our belief that products that are harmful to humans, animals, and the environment should not be used in our projects, and to that end, we seek to inform our clients of available alternatives so as to permit them to make informed decisions.

Item Number 2
EVALUATION


The substances listed all have been classified by multiple regulatory entities as being detrimental to the health of humans and the environment. These lists are evolving documents that will be updated as new relevant data emerges.

Item Number 3
ALTERNATIVES


Rather than use products which contain these substances, we will seek out alternatives, in keeping with the precautionary principle, in an effort to be responsive to reported health effects, and thereby to protect our health and the health of future generations too. These lists are compilations of available data, and are not an endorsement of any of the referenced studies, articles, or data. Users are expected to practice due caution and to conduct their own research so that they can make informed decisions.

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We believe that it is appropriate to apply the precautionary principle when selecting and specifying products and materials in light of the lasting impact such materials may have on the users of facilities we design. We need to make our selections based upon governmentally published scientific advice and knowledge which, in keeping with the precautionary principle, indicates a relevant adverse finding as it relates to human health or materially negative environmental impact, with the understanding that we live in a world without scientific certainty. We will seek to, where possible and appropriate, present alternatives to our clients for their consideration, providing, within the standard of professional care, information we have which is summarized here, as well as cost and lifecycle information where it is reasonably available. We seek to empower our clients to make informed decisions. These lists do not pretend to be exhaustive, or to reference all relevant published information. Again, in keeping with the precautionary principle, they represent information which we believe dictates appropriate caution and wisdom in design decisions made by design professionals. It is expected that users will exercise appropriate caution in use of this resource, and to conduct their own research so that they can make their own decisions and come to their own conclusions.

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