27 May '16, 6pm

What do microbes, mushrooms & moss have to do with the materials library? Read our latest:

If you are like me, you have gone down the grocery aisle with a list of trigger words in your head. Benzoate, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated, starch, monosodium glutamate, artificial flavor, sorbate , and just about anything else you can’t pronounce is likely to make you think twice about that bag of chips, box of cereal, or jar of pickles. The world of construction is likewise a minefield riddled with hazardous materials and processes — asbestos, formaldehyde, halogenated compounds, mercury, polyvinyl chloride , and so on. At every scale of design, we are faced with challenging considerations when selecting materials: cost, schedule, fire resistance, water resistance, thermal performance, durability, constructability, availability, and perhaps the most challenging — familiarity.

Full article: http://bnim.com/blog/material-matters-how-microbes-mushro...


The Importance of Healthier Building Materials

greenhomenyc.org 29 May '16, 5pm

The U.S. has, unfortunately, been very lax on proper regulation and enforcement of chemicals that go into products. The To...