While we encourage everyone to read the latest Healthy Environments paper, "Understanding Antimicrobials," we have also prepared a quick-view summary. "The Top 10 Takeaways" summarizes the major points of the paper; use this to come up to speed on the topic, or share with your clients and project teams. Learn how and why we should be avoiding these chemicals, showing up everywhere from textiles to countertops.
Antimicrobial building products marketed as "healthy" contain ingredients that may have adverse environmental or human health impacts, and alternative products should be considered whenever possible, according to a new white paper by Perkins+Will and the Healthy Building Network (HBN). The paper exposes the lack of scientific evidence supporting claims that so-called antimicrobial products help ward off communicable diseases. Perkins+Will is placing "Products Marketed as Antimicrobial" on its Precautionary List, urging designers to consider alternatives before specifying them.