Can we identify "healthy" products? Three essential questions to ask manuacturers.

The rise of the WELL Building Standard and the addition of a day-long Materials and Human Health Summit to Greenbuild provide two data points supporting the oerall trend of considering the health impacts of building products. Despite growing interest and a host of new tools, the expansion of the health trend beyond simplistic building material "Red Lists", and comprehensive, transparency-based material assessments, is still in its infancy. Many architecture and design firms aspire to do material health screenings but lack the technical expertise or established processess to consistently add this element to their already-strained project budgets.  

As a frequent speaker on this topic, including both Greenbuild Materials and Human Health Summits, I offer three questions that need to be considered as firms begin to engage manufacturers in an effort to identify “healthy” products.

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