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The Pharos Project connects you to a network of building professionals and manufacturers committed to transparency as a core value on the path to sustainability. Pharos is not a certification or label, it is information: the critical health and environmental data about the manufacture, use, and end of life of building materials specified and used every day all delivered in an easy to use web based tool.

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Congress Passes CA-Based Formaldehyde Limits for Composite Wood
The US Congress has approved legislation[1] to limit allowable emissions of formaldehyde from composite wood products, specifically hardwood plywood, particleboard and medium-density fiberboard sold in...
Jul 9, 2010 9:00 AM ET
Healthy Paints Part 2: Beyond VOC Content - Getting the Toxics Out
Last week we described the major reductions in VOC content we are seeing in paints (Paint Industry Drives Toward Zero VOCs – Will Certifications Catch Up?). But does a low-VOC content number mean these paints are actually safe from the perspective of environmental health? Not...
Jun 24, 2010 5:15 PM ET
Looking Up: Discovering What's Over Our Heads
Anyone who finds themselves in a hospital, as a visitor or patient, has plenty of idle time sitting or reclining, looking around – as “islandtime” writes on a poetry discussion board - “thinking about the patient, where the ceiling tiles came from, how hospital sounds can...
Jun 21, 2010 11:00 AM ET
Healthy Paints Part 1: Paint Industry Drives Toward Zero VOCs - Will Certifications Catch Up?
Low-VOC labels and certifications abound on the paint shelves today. What do they all mean?  Not necessarily what you think.  First, let’s look at the certifications.  Green Seal, EcoLogo,...
Jun 15, 2010 10:00 AM ET
Antimicrobials in Paints - Adding Cost and Risk for No Known Benefit
Antimicrobial use in building materials, including paints and coatings, has grown rapidly in recent years and is coming under increasing scrutiny as concerns about health impacts and effectiveness rise.  There is a wide range of antimicrobial use in paints and coatings.  Most manufacturers, with some exceptions (e.g. epoxy-based paints and coatings), use “in-can preservatives” to...
Jun 11, 2010 9:45 AM ET