Have you heard about GHS? Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling Chemicals, also called HazCom 2012 (Hazard Communication), is based on the United Nations initiative to develop world-wide standards for communicating chemical hazards. This program will protect workers by improving communication of chemical information through standardized labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS, formerly MSDS).
In an effort to expose our open positions to as many viable candidates as possible, the Healthy Buildings' Blog will be used as an update for all current job openings. It is our goal to gather the greatest talent, sharpest minds, and compassionate hearts as we cultivate a work environment where we function together in strong teams
Albedo? Heat Island? Solar Reflective Index? These are some terms floating around the industry relating to environmental health and energy efficiency. The heat generated and absorbed by commercial and industrial areas has a tendency to get trapped in an "island-like" manner surrounding the buildings. These areas can be so much hotter than the surrounding environments
Recently, the USGBC offered a series of educational webinars about the latest developments regarding LEED v4. The USGBC is still looking for projects to participate in the v4 BETA program. If you are interested in registering a project with the v4 BETA program, you may do so until Greenbuild in November. Some perks in participating
Today, on Earth Day, we take a step back from our daily business to try and understand WHY it is that we do what we do. Some say that what you do is not as important as why you do it, and I believe there is no greater day for this reflection. Throughout our daily
Americans buy nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries every year to power cell phones, radios, toys, remotes, watches, laptops, and portable power tools. Batteries contain a number of heavy metals and toxic chemicals and the dumping of batteries has raised concern over the risks of soil contamination and water pollution. The battery of the future will
For the past four decades, NYC has been regulated by the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (“ECCCNYS”), which has historically applied only to new buildings and major alterations. Per the authorizing New York State Energy Law, NYC is allowed to enact its own energy code, provided the City’s code is more stringent than the ECCCNYS.
As one explores the USGBC and the various LEED rating systems, a realization occurs that without third-party programs, certifications, policies and verification...there would be no LEED as we know it today. These third-party programs help develop the framework that supports LEED on a universal scale. One instance of this is found with the accepted green cleaning products,
Earth Day is just around the corner and our clients are thinking about their office Earth Day events. One client is developing a green exhibit to feature sustainable living strategies at home, in the community and at the office. Healthy Buildings was asked to research sustainable kitchen appliances to showcase at the exhibit, and we
As Winter winds down and the days progressively get warmer, the dreaded Spring cleaning season approaches quickly. Beyond finding new sustainable ways to throw out recycle old junk, it is important to consider the cleaning products and chemicals that are used indoors. Cleaning practices should not compromise health and safety, and raising the social consciousness around the cleaning