Perkins+Will Precautionary List

The goal of the list is to highlight chemicals that are listed by government agencies as having negative health issues and to associate them with the classes of building materials where they might be commonly found. The Precautionary List, which was unveiled at GreenBuild 2009, also describes available alternatives in an effort to push the building industry to embrace healthier buildings.

Access by builders and architect as well as the public is free. The list features 25 chemicals broken into typical building categories such as wood treatments, indoor air quality, ozone depleting gasses and heavy metals. Each entry describes the chemical and provides links to vetted government databases, such as California’s Proposition 65 list developed by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, which catalogs chemicals and their known health hazards.

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