The Healthy Building Network and BuildingGreen announced on Wednesday at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago the formation of a strategic partnership to provide architects, designers and specifiers with independent information about building products.
Effective immediately, the two organizations will link their web-based green building research sites, GreenSpec and the Pharos Project, creating ease of use between the two tools, and access to the combined product research of the two organizations via a new website, www.GreenSpecPharos.com.
In addition to the new product offerings, the two organizations are establishing a research collaborative that will focus its work on accelerating the pace of independent research on product toxicity.
According to Bill Walsh, Executive Director of the Healthy Building Network, “Our partnership with BuildingGreen is an exciting advance in HBN's mission of accelerating the market transformation to healthier, more sustainable and more equitable building products. It will enable us to increase the scope and scale of our research, to provide unsurpassed transparency about building material choices, and dramatically enhance our ability to communicate these results to a much broader public. Architects, designers, engineers and others will benefit from having access to an independent source of comprehensive and reliable information in an affordable, flexible tool for specifying green building products.”
"Feedback from the community has clearly indicated that there is an information gap we can fill by joining forces with HBN," stated Nadav Malin, president of BuildingGreen.
"Through our products, Environmental Building News, GreenSpec and LEEDuser, BuildingGreen has been a trusted source, on the leading edge of green product innovation for 20 years. HBN's Pharos Project adds a new level of in-depth exploration of the healthfulness and other aspects of these products. Our customers have asked to see these capabilities in one place, and we believe this strategic partnership is the best response to their needs."