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  Very good overview from the project in Somerville, showing why there is concern for toxics used in construction and some strategies for avoiding them. Download file (1.94 MB)

Safer Materials

  Contains references about toxic substances that are commonly used in ALL remodeling, building and construction work. Many reference sources, material lists and web-links are provided. Readers can insist on safe/safer materials, which are available locally at costs comparable to commonly-used harmful materials that primarily contain carcinogens such as formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds and a variety of harmful substances. Safer materials have NO carcinogens and are rated zero-VOC.

URL:  http://www.saferbuildinglivingston.blogspot.com/

Green Building

  Green Building - A Factsheet provides a printable overview of the topic and additional resources. Download file (31.00 kB)

Healthy Building Network

  The Healthy Building Network News provides analysis on alternative building materials and environmental health.

URL:  http://www.healthybuilding.net/

Online Resource Suite

  This subscription-based online resource provides articles, news, reviews, product listings, case studies related to green building design.

URL:  http://www.buildinggreen.com/


  The Northeast Waste Management Official's site has information about products containing mercury and New England reduction efforts.

URL:  http://www.newmoa.org/Newmoa/htdocs/prevention/mercury/

Carpet and Rug

  To identify carpet products that are low-VOC, CRI has established a labeling program. The CRI Indoor Air Quality Carpet Testing Program green and white logo displayed on carpet samples in showrooms informs the consumer that the product type has been tested by an independent laboratory and has met the criteria for very low emissions.

URL:  http://www.carpet-rug.org/