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The Materials Research Collaborative:

A Partnership between Healthy Building Network and BuildingGreen

The ASID Foundation made headlines in 2011 when it granted $100,000 to the Materials Research Collaborative, a two-year project of the partnership between Healthy Building Network (HBN) and BuildingGreen. Now, as the project comes to completion, we are excited to share the project’s findings with the ASID community.

The Materials Research Collaborative provides interior designers with an improved level of independently-verified information that can be applied to avoid using these materials through the Pharos Project. The goal of the project is to enable the interior design community to more proactively participate in reducing the use of building products that are hazardous to human health and stimulate the market demand for healthier building. The ASID Foundation funds provided support during this grant period for the research that resulted in the addition of over 260 interior products to the Pharos Building Products Library.


Project Overview

Three case studies prepared by the Healthy Building Network were featured in a special report recently published by BuildingGreen, Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Building Products. The report offers a simplified approach to evaluating toxic chemicals.

Through the Foundation’s support, the case studies are now available for download.

VanDusen_Botanical_CaseStudy.pdf

St.Barth_RoyalLondon_CaseStudy.pdf

Phipps_Botanical_CaseStudy.pdf

Case Studies


In November 2012, The Health Product Declaration (HBD) was launched. HBD is an open standard format for reporting contents and chemical hazards in building products and is available free to all, at www.hpdcollaborative.org.

The HPD Open Standard is a critical tool for the building industry which will increase the availability and accuracy of reported product content and associated health information. The significance of the HPD Open Standard is to streamline the process for communicating and using building product content and associated health information through transparent disclosure, by defining the critical information that is needed by building designers, specifiers, owners and users.


Health Product Declaration

Funding for the Materials Collaborative was made possible by the generous support of the Donghia Foundation.

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