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The Material Challenge of Healthier Interiors

When it comes to sustainable design and green building, we’re often quick to think of energy performance, water conservation, and healing gardens.

But a rising area of concern in healthcare is safer materials selection and the avoidance of chemicals of concern in building materials, furniture, fabrics, and finishes—or, rather, the pursuit of “material health.”

This process can be challenging. Some look to third-party certifications for independent reviews, but this, too, can be tricky, as some industry groups have their own agendas. And even if a product is certified, it doesn’t mean it’s completely free of chemicals of concern.

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