Public Programs And Events

Healthy Building Affordable Housing Roundtable

Healthy Building Affordable Housing Roundtable

Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall

Healthy Building Network and Steven Winter Associates, Inc. presents the Healthy Building Affordable Housing Roundtable - a free forum for affordable housing providers interested in leading edge information on health and building materials.

The building industry has become a major market for recycled materials. As recycling has increased, however, so has the complexity of the supply chain. New HBN research suggests that building owners need to be aware of the ways in which recycled content in building materials can introduce hazardous substances into the built environment, including familiar health threats such as lead and asbestos.

The recycling industry has made significant strides toward the vision of a closed loop material system. A new HBN report, to be issued later this summer in collaboration with leading recycling advocates, examines methods for monitoring and improving the purity of recycled materials in order to increase feedstock value, protect human health, minimize environmental impacts, and increase recycling rates in North America.

At this session, HBN's Research Director, Jim Vallette, will discuss his investigations and findings on recycled feedstocks including fly ash, PVC, glass, crumb rubber and construction fill. He will also describe manufacturers' responses to this research, and engage the Roundtable in a discussion of how building owners can support the increased use of recycled content materials in a manner that is protective of human health.

This event is co-sponsored by the Parsons Design Lab.

This event is free but reservations are required by emailing by Friday, July 31

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