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Healthy Building Network

This is HBN’s dream: All people and the planet thrive when the environment is free of toxic chemicals. We invite you to join us as we bring this dream to life.

Healthy Building Network

We believe that a healthy, sustainable world is possible: A world where the spaces in which we live, work, and play help us breathe easy, think clearly and feel more creative. Communities where all children thrive in schools, playgrounds and homes free of chemicals that harm developing bodies and minds. A future when our collective health soars because of our built environment.

We believe that a new generation of manufacturers and product developers is already among us: Visionaries committed to creating healthy, long-lasting, and renewable materials.

This is HBN’s dream: All people and the planet thrive when the environment is free of toxic chemicals. We invite you to join us as we bring this dream to life.

How We Work

Since 2000, HBN has defined the leading edge of healthy building practices that increase transparency in the building products industry, reduce human exposures to hazardous chemicals, and create market incentives for healthier innovations in manufacturing. We are a team of researchers, engineers, scientists, building experts, and educators, and pursue our mission on three fronts:

Research & Policy: Uncovering cutting-edge information about healthier products and health impacts,

Data Tools: Producing innovative software platforms that ensure product transparency and catalog chemical hazards, and

Education and Capacity Building: Fostering others’ capabilities to make informed decisions

We work to reduce toxic chemical use, minimize hazards, and eliminate exposure, especially to those chemicals of concern deemed unnecessary or fail to improve product performance. We promote the development of affordable green chemistry solutions that support a healthy, successful, circular economy.

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Tools for Healthy Buildings — at All Price Points
Tools for Healthy Buildings — at All Price Points

4 years ago - The Healthy Building Network’s HomeFree initiative helps leaders in affordable housing "do better" through scientific guidance and educational resources. The following insights from Billy Weber, HBN’s Collective Impact Director, were taken from a recent webinar, hosted by Shaw.

Recognizing Organizations Taking a People-Centric Approach to Sustainability
Recognizing Organizations Taking a People-Centric Approach to Sustainability

4 years ago - Last month, Shaw hosted a webinar “Sustaining Human Ability: Taking a People-Centric Approach to Sustainability” — a panel discussion with three organizations that exemplify what it means to put people at the center of their sustainability efforts: Perkins and Will, HeiQ Group and Healthy Building Network. The webinar kicked off our program to recognize diverse organizations intently focused on products and initiatives that support the wellbeing of people and the planet.