Developed by the architecture firm Perkins + Will, Transparency is a website to “put the precautionary principle into action” in the building industry. The site allows users to identify toxic chemicals in building products. You can search by chemical of concern, product, project area, Masterformat specification, health hazard, or environmental hazard. Site also includes articles, background description of precautionary principle, and information about efforts to get toxic chemicals out of building materials.
Central data for manufacturer data on sustainable building materials. Can search by material type, brand or Construction Specification Institute number.
Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of chemicals widely used in the building industry. PFAS are persistent, bioaccumulative, and those that have been studied have been shown to be toxic at very low levels.