Wednesday, June 4, 2014


An online database of hazardous building materials

"The website is called Transparency because it comes out of a hope for a future where people know what our buildings are made out of – a transparent world."

It's good to do your research on building materials hazardous to you. This online database should help you discover the harmful substances commonly found in buildings and the effect they have on us as humans. The site is very organized, so check it out!

The database usually includes:
Where a substance is commonly found
Health effects (known and suspected)
Alternative materials

Not only does it list hazardous substances, but also asthmagens and flame retardants.

"The Precautionary List includes substances commonly found in the built environment that have been classified by regulatory entities as being harmful to the health of humans and/or the environment. As such, this compilation is an ever-evolving and is updated as new data comes to light. This tool encourages users to employ the precautionary principle in the specification of building products."

"This list identifies Asthmagens--substances that induce the chronic condition of asthma--commonly found in the built environment. This list is a compilation of substances that have identified human health impacts in the manufacturing, installation, and removal processes, as well as in the existing built environment. Compiled from third-party, government and academic sources, this list brings awareness on the causes of the disease and helps users make informed decisions on design and construction with respect to building products under the precautionary principle."

"This list catalogs flame retardants found in the built environment. A comprehensive list providing in-depth knowledge of flame retardants, this tool is primarily informational and educational, and helps users understand not only where flame retardants are found in the built environment, but also if identified toxicity levels have a potential impact on human health. The original research was done by the Green Science Policy Institute."

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