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Healthy Material Jargon Buster

Healthy Material Jargon Buster
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Definition:

HEALTHY MATERIAL

  • Material/product with few or no unhealthy ingredients that can affect the users of buildings.

Examples:

  • Low allergy
  • Low VOC (and many variations),
  • Low ozone depletion potential
  • Low off gassing
  • VOC Absorbent
  • Non-hazardous waste
  • Moisture Absorbent moisture mass (prevent mould)
  • Hyroscopic absobes moisture until conditions prevail to release moisture
  • Moisture permeable permitting moisture through building fabric to avoid condensation
  • Avoiding preservatives in timber in landscape particularly with food growing

Material applications:

  • Surface finishes, paints, stains, plasters, carpets, flooring, wall papers, fabrics, etc.
  • Non-absorbent floor finishes (vomit (sick), urine (‘pee’), excreta (‘poo’), food, liquid)
  • Adhesives (between layers of an assembly), binders (in recipes)

Reservations:

  • Natural wool can have skin irritation with some people

Exceptions/Exclusions:

  • Avoiding preservatives in timber in landscape particularly with food growing

Advantages:

  • Low to no off-gassing,
  • Low to no VOC,
  • Non-hazardous

Potential Substitutes:

  • Avoiding PVC
  • Avoiding offgassing plastics
  • Avoiding synthetic offgassing adhesives or binders
  • Avoiding synthetic and natural solvent based coatings

(CAP’EM BRM ’10 & NGS BRM ’10 – ’13)


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© GBE NGS ASWS BrianMurphy
aka BrianSpecMan
30th October 2013 – 16th November 2015

Healthy Material Jargon Buster
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© GBE NGS ASWS BrianMurphy
aka BrianSpecMan
30th October 2013 – 16th November 2015

Healthy Material Jargon Buster
See also:


GBE JARGON BUSTER


GBE CPD

  • Seminar

GBE CHECKLIST

  • Trade

GBE LINKS

  • Organisation/Website
  • PAN
  • Healthy Flooring Network
  • Womens Environment Network

GBE PAGES

  • Link

GBE CALCULATOR

  • Product

GBE GREEN BUILDING SPECIFICATION (GBS)

  • Robust Specification Clause
  • Robust Specification Work Section

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianMurphy
aka BrianSpecMan
30th October 2013 – 16th November 2015

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