What is being done to improve material and environmental health? What are the challenges we are currently facing? What else can we do to make buildings healthier?
Transforming Practices Projects
A systems-based approach to reducing everyday human exposure to harmful chemicals in building products, HAMP connects manufacturers, building owners, and developers to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in homes, on construction sites, and in emissions from facilities.
What exactly does health mean to different people, and how do we make a website that is an effective tool for a diverse group of designers, affordable housing developers, housing residents, manufacturers, contractors, and useful to anyone looking to pursue material health initiatives?
Transforming Practices Resources
Healthy Building Network (HBN)
The Healthy Building Network was founded in 2000 to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in building products as a means of improving human health and the environment.
James Redford and Kirby Walker
Toxic Hot Seat tells the story of activists, journalists and citizen groups who are bringing an end to the era of manipulation and misinformation about hidden toxic chemicals.
The film shows the struggle to remove toxic flame retardant chemicals from our couches, environment and bodies. These chemicals are linked to lower IQ in children, thyroid disease, infertility, cancer and other rising rates of health problems. They are found in every living being on earth.
Healthy Materials Lab, Parsons School of Design
The building products in this library have been used in healthier affordable housing buildings nationwide and have been identified through Health Materials Lab Case Studies. The product categories aim to cover the most commonly used building materials in affordable housing.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
The research, translation, and other activities of the NIEHS provide many opportunities for funding to individual researchers, organizations, and businesses. NIEHS funds support researchers at academic, medical, and other institutions around the United States through a variety of research grant mechanisms.