FEATURE ARTICLE

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How to Succeed with the Living Building Challenge: 12 Teams Share Tips

The bar is high—that’s obvious—but watch out for some surprising pitfalls. Here’s how dedicated teams have tackled Living Building challenges.

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Product News & Reviews

Spray Foam with Minimal Global Warming Impact Now Available

U.S. production of next-generation HFO blowing agents signals a positive shift in the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) market.

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ECOS Challenges Paint Industry to Disclose Ingredients

ECOS Paints ignored “trade secret” complaints made by other manufacturers and now makes the first paints designated Red List Free for the Living Building Challenge.

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Green Building News

Material Health Tools Harmonize

Manufacturers should get more consistent signals as Cradle to Cradle, GreenScreen, Pharos, and other tools align, while staking out niches.

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USGBC, Chemical Industry Begin Talks

You say “risk” and I say “hazard,” but we can’t call the whole thing off. So the Supply Chain Optimization Working Group is set to begin its work.

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AIA Prioritizes Resilient Design, Product Transparency

New statements on resilience and healthy materials expand the AIA’s environmental advocacy.

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Harmful Chemicals May Leach from PEX into Drinking Water

Replacing PVC with untested substitutes? New research shows how little we understand about how plumbing materials affect indoor water quality.

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Polyiso Manufacturers Turn Blind Eye to Problems at Cold Temperatures

R-values that fluctuate with temperature can be a serious problem with polyiso in some climates. New design guidance could help.

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From the Editors

Muscoe Martin: 1955–2014

The green building world has lost another champion, Muscoe Martin, of Philadelphia.

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