The 'Red List' of Building Materials

Red List Building Materials are materials that US government agencies, such as the U.S. EPA, European Union Commission on Environment, and the State of California designate as harmful to living creatures, including humans. Additionally, several private entities have developed separate list—some of which rank levels of chemical harmfulness. (Wikipedia)

The International Living Building Institute, a US-based sustainable building certification programme, has developed the ‘Red List’ of materials that are not to be used in construction.

•       Alkylphenols more:

•       Asbestos more:

•       Bisphenol A (BPA) more:

•       Cadmium more:

•       Chlorinated polyethylene more:

•       Chlorosulfonated polyethlene (CSPE) more:

•       Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) more:

•       Chlorobenzene more:

•       Chloroprene (neoprene) more:

•       Chromium VI more:

•       Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC)

•       Formaldehyde (added) more:

•       Halogenated flame retardants (HFRs) more:

•       Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)

•       Lead (added): more:

•       Mercury more:

•       Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) more:

•       Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) more:

•       Phthalates more:

•       Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) more:

•       Polyvinylidene Chloride (PVDC) more:

•       Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins more:

•       Wood treatments containing creosote, arsenic or pentachlorophenol

•    Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in wet applied products