With growing concern about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we at HBS (Healthy Building Science) want our clients and community to know we are taking precautionary measures to ensure their safety, health, and well-being as a top priority. In addition to our standard Health and Safety Program at HBS, our staff has been instructed to
The Architectural Industry In early summer 2012, when I joined HBS, I also transitioned from working as an architect in the mainstream architectural industry, into a consultant to architects. Since then, I have worked with many architectural firms of all sizes, on small to very large projects. This gave me the unique opportunity to really
Declaration of INTERdependence The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. This pivotal document, penned largely by Thomas Jefferson, changed the course of American history. Ironically, not a single of the 13 colonies could have resisted the English crown by themselves. Their celebration of “independence” could also have been framed as a commitment to “interdependence.”
Lumber Liquidators Formaldehyde Testing Recent investigative journalism exposed a Lumber Liquidators formaldehyde content issue and revealed an unfortunate tale that may affect hundreds of thousands of homes across the US. During active federal investigations for suspicion of using illegally harvested lumber from Russia, it turns out one of the largest flooring distributors in the US
HBS Joins Major Buyers Demanding Flame Retardant-Free Furniture In December, the Center for Environmental Health published a list of companies that are signing onto a commitment to purchase flame retardant-free furniture. Healthy Building Science joined the CEH Purchaser Pledge to purchase furniture without these toxic chemical additives. Other partners include Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, HDR Architecture, Perkins+Will,
Company Culture = We’ve all got one, right? Does every business have a company culture? Even a person without a personality has a personality, right? As an entrepreneur I’ve never really thought about the “culture” of our company. Client satisfaction, service options, managing liability, marketing strategy, and profit margins are the de-facto language of business.
We are excited to announce that we are new members of the U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter’s Building Health Initiative! The Building Health Initiative is a two-year program in which Northern California industry leaders from multiple sectors have pledged to promote health and wellness. Members have made commitments to take simple but
Corporate Responsibility – MLK and B The Change Landing in flood-stricken Boulder and uniting with fellow B Corps from around the world is inspiring. There’s just no other way to put it. Corporate Responsibility is going to the next level, and the “B The Change” phenomenon – already so powerful – is in its infancy
B Corp Certification for Business In April HBS became a Certified B Corporation and joined an elite club of businesses throughout the world. B Corp business assessments and third-party B Corp Certification are administered through B Lab, a non-profit. There are myriad of third-party rating systems for sustainable businesses… but only two in our region seem
Green Business Certification This blog covers a few green business certification programs making a real difference in the world. Products are Organic Certified, FSC-certified, Green-Seal Certified, Cradle-to-Cradle Certified, etc. Then there is LEED Certification and GreenPoint Rating for buildings. But what about a sustainable business certification? I’ll discuss Bay Area and San Francisco green business programs.