Healthy Building Network

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Healthy Building Network
Formation 2000
Type NGO
Purpose Sustainable and green building
Headquarters 2001 S Street NW, Suite 570, Washington, DC 20009

The Healthy Building Network is an organization founded in 2000 which publishes and researches information on the sustainability of building materials and advocates for the use of environmentally friendly building materials and building policies.[1] Other partner organizations which support the projects of the Healthy Building Network, including Boston Green and BuildingGreen.[2]

The Pharos Project is one of their main projects and publishes information about the environmental impact of building materials.[3] Pharos Project was first unveiled in 2006, and was described by an HBN representative as "a user-friendly materials evaluation tool that strives to be transparent, comprehensive, independent, accurate and fair."[4] In 2009, the Pharos Project received an award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA called the project "a revolutionary on-line tool for evaluating and comparing the health, environmental and social impacts of building materials in a comprehensive and transparent way."[5]

Other projects include research and literature surveys for particular types of building materials or hazards. For example, in December 2013, the organization released a report assessing the asthmagens commonly found in building materials.[6]


  1. ^ "About Us". The Healthy Building Network. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Boston Green & Healthy Building Network: Aligning the Work of Multiple Organizations Working on an Issue". New Direction Collaborative. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ Wendt, Allyson (November 17, 2010). "GreenSpec and Pharos Partner on Green Building Product Information". Environmental Building News. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ Walsh, Bill (December 7, 2006). "The Pharos Effect-Pass It On!". Health Building Network. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2009 Environmental Awards". United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 9. February 28, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ Peeples, Lynne (2013-12-12). "Are Toxic Chemicals In Building Materials Making Us Sick?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 

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