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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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Clear, the New Black: Pharos and Transparency
If anyone doubted the need for a tool that cuts through the fog of labels, manufacturer claims and private certification schemes that dominate the building materials market, a short stroll through the aisles of the 2009 Greenbuild exhibition hall last November would have erased that.   Perhaps it was the aftershock of a trip through the Greenbuild exhibition hall that...
Mar 24, 2010 4:00 PM ET
Reflections on High Performance Coatings
With the release of this week’s final batch of Pharos staff-researched High Performance Coatings (HPCs), a total of sixty-five (65) products made by seventeen (17) companies are ready for viewing.   Here are some preliminary findings from the evaluations, pending further review and data entry by the companies themselves. Content disclosure is poor in this category. These products...
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM ET
No, No, Nonyl(Phenol)
Over the past half-century, epoxy paint manufacturers have used a chemical called nonylphenol to harden their products. In the built environment, the use of nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) is contributing to rising indoor exposures to endocrine disruptors (chemicals that affect the hormone system). (1) In aquatic ecosystems, NPEs degrade back to nonylphenol. NP bioaccumulates up...
Feb 25, 2010 2:00 PM ET
The Pharos Project: Applied Radical Transparency
The Pharos Project, at its core, is a campaign for transparency in the building materials market.  What we are creating is the ultimate campaign tool:  a tool for users to locate the best materials  to meet their current needs and enduring values; a tool to help cut through the prolific greenwashing; a space where users...
Feb 17, 2010 1:00 PM ET