Industry News




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.

 

 


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


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

 


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


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
comments powered by Disqus
05/22/2015

Initiatives will improve lamp efficiency and lighting controls.

05/21/2015

Building policy highlighted as best in the nation.

05/20/2015

Healthcare facilities focus on recycling, safer chemicals.

05/19/2015

Building design has a measureable impact on educational outcomes.

05/18/2015

Glass design repels water and boosts photovoltaic output.

05/15/2015

New method could improve sustainability, cut price of wind power.

05/14/2015

ASHRAE guideline will calculate cooling needs and cut plug loads.

05/13/2015

Legislation will improve green performance in commercial buildings.

05/12/2015

Dropping costs, improved efficiency cited as reasons for increased use.

05/11/2015

New goal to keep state under global warming threshold.

05/08/2015

Largest floor space increases found in healthcare, retail sectors.

05/04/2015

New efficiency measures will affect over 2,000 buildings.

05/01/2015

Device produces images indefinitely.

04/30/2015

Overall energy consumption growth will be modest through 2040.

04/29/2015

Over 400 buildings take part in the EPA’s Federal Green Challenge.

04/28/2015

Fortune 200 companies use green certification to verify sustainability, energy savings.

04/27/2015

New policy will affect over 1,000 buildings.

04/24/2015

New technology could reduce risk of hospital-acquired infections.

04/23/2015

Seismic activity shown to affect nearly half of Americans.

04/22/2015

New technologies will cut use of climate-damaging refrigerants.

Sponsored Links