For those concerned about household chemicals and the effects that certain building materials have on indoor air quality, it can sometimes feel like you're fighting a losing battle. ("Wait, now THAT'S bad for you, too?") But this "Precautionary List" from architecture firm Perkins + Will hopes to make it easier to understand and decipher those chemicals that are likely to be harmful, so you can avoid using them in the first place.
The interactive list is broken up into five search options to help you understand the chemicals found in building and furnishing materials:
- Chemical Compounds
- Chlorinated Polymers
- Flame Retardants
- Fossil Fuel Based
- Indoor Air Quality
- Metals and Metal Compounds
- Ozone Depleting Gases
- Wood Additives and Treatments
You can also find specific chemicals by using the A-Z search option, where you'll find details about that chemical including its origin and source, the building materials where it's commonly found, and its health impact summary.
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