Avoid dangerous materials with Transparency

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Avoid dangerous materials with Transparency

Perkins + Will has launched a new tool dedicated to building, architecture and design, implemented with the aim of raising the designers’ knowledge of hazardous building materials and encouraging them to select safer products for their projects.

The company set up for the first time this list of hazardous materials in 2008 which then became accessible to all in 2011 through a dedicated website. Instead of a static list, materials are now organized within a database that can be quickly organized using filters such as project type, product type, and impacts on security and the environment.

New information has been added to each item labeled under a clear subcategory describing the use of the material, its health and environmental risks, the ways in which people may be exposed, and the governmental and the classification system of the affiliated sector. Additionally, two new lists have been added: the Watch List, which contains substances suspected of being harmful, but which still requires careful scientific research and the "Sunset List", which includes the materials already in the list of precautionary measures that have been eliminated from common use.

"Our goal is to further encourage the transformation of the construction industry so that one day, we will come to have the confidence that all the materials used to build and furnish our homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals and other places are safe and healthy, "said Mary Dickinson, senior associate at Perkins + Will and co-chair of the Labor Research Lab." With our updated precautionary site, we are helping our colleagues to recognize new and old health risks that involve the use of certain products, so that they can make more wise decisions. "

Click here to see the entire list of dangerous materials


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