Precautionary List Icon (Orange) Right Arrow Icon Precautionary List Icon (Blue) Precautionary List Icon (Purple) News, Media + Additional Research Icon (Green)
Precautionary List Heading

Substances

Halogenated Flame Retardants
Link to Flame Retardant List

Where is it Commonly Found?

Fabrics, plastics, foams, insulation, carpet backing, epoxy and resins, kitchen appliance, housing paints, and electrical devices
HEALTH EFFECT SUMMARY
Suspected carcinogen, hormone disruptor, neurobehavioral toxin. 

In 2010 the European Union announced that under the terms of its new chemicals policy known as REACH, Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) will be banned from use within the next three to five years unless an authorization has been granted to individual companies for their use.

What are its known health effects?

What are its suspected health effects?

Alternative Materials

For fire extinguishing agents in lieu of Halon, which is virtually banned anyway, suggest either Argon (volume intensive as it is delivered at normal pressures).

Additional Regulatory Information

Some types are banned in the EU, and currently in US some states have passed laws banning PBDEs.

Does it Correspond With Any Green Building Credits?

Living Building Challenge (1.2) - Prerequisite 5 for halogenated flame retardants;
Living Building Challenge 1.3 – Prerequisite 5: Materials Red List;
Living Building Challenge 2.0 Red List;
Living Building Challenge 3.0 - Red List;
LEED Pilot Credit

How is it Categorized?

Flame Retardants

What is its Origin?

Some types are banned in the EU, and currently in US some states have passed laws banning PBDEs.

A class of retardants that includes but not limited to Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), Penta, octa, and decabromodiphenyl ethers (PBDEs), Tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA), Tris(2-chloroisopropyl) phosphate (TCPP), Tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate (TCEP) and Dechlorane Plus

Divisions and Sections

Div 09 Fabric-Wrapped Panels

Div 09 Stretched-Fabric Wall Systems

Div 12 Custom Upholstered Seating

Div 12 Guest Room Furniture

Div 12 Healthcare Seating

Div 12 Office Furniture

Div 12 Patient Room Furniture

Div 12 Restaurant Furniture

General Reference

http://www.noharm.org/us_canada/issues/toxins/bfrs/