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08/27/2013

Worldwide Ban on HBCD Flame Retardant

 
The flame retardant HBCD may no longer be produced or used.

The flame retardant HBCD, or hexabromocyclododecane, may no longer be produced or used world-wide. HBCD was formerly used for many applications including insulation panels in buildings. About 20,000 tons have been produced worldwide every year.

This was decided by representatives from over 160 countries in late May at a United Nations conference on chemicals in Geneva. Empa, or Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, conducted extensive research on HBCDs which contributed to the new regulation under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

There has long been a reasonable suspicion that HBCDs were an environmental toxin that could harm fish and mammals. HBCDs are sufficiently fat soluble that they accumulate along the food chain and decompose in the environment so slowly that they can be transported over long distances. So far, HBCDs have even been detected in the Arctic, presumably by atmospheric transportation.

As flame-proofed textiles, carpets, plastics and electronic devices are mainly used indoors, it is not surprising that HBCDs also appear in house dust.

We pick up HBCDs not only through our contact with dust in our houses, but also by consuming high-fat animal foods. Cutting polystyrene panels with heated filaments releases HBCDs which then attach themselves to tiny plastic particles. These particles can also be inhaled and lead to an increase in HBCD exposure.

The resolution was formally passed on 9 May 2013 and comes into effect after a transition period of approximately one year. There is a five-year exception for polystyrene insulation used in buildings, according to the Health and Environment Alliance.

For more information visit Empa.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


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09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

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08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

08/21/2014

The Department of Energy has released two reports which indicate wind turbine installations and efficiency is growing while prices drop. 

08/20/2014

The NHL has partnered with the NRDC to release their first sustainability report. 

08/19/2014

A new battery has been developed that is free of toxic materials and longer lasting than its more expensive competitors.

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