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Acleaner and stronger thermoplastic may result in cheaper, greener piping and other building products. Most commonly used in ventilation pipes and other
appliances, the moldable thermoplastic polymer known as ABS
has been criticized for its chemical composition, which relies on
chemicals derived from non-renewable petroleum.
at the DOE’s Oak
with synthetic rubber and lignin, an
that is tougher and
Senior author and researcher
“We can call it a green product because 50% of its content is
renewable, and technology to enable its commercial exploitation
would reduce the need for petrochemicals,” Naskar says.
ORNL’s goal is to guide the new plastic to commercialization to
rival older, petroleum-based alternatives.
Cost-Effective and Strong
LEED Rewards Hazard
Assessment with Credit
Biomass-derived solution outperforms
USGBC incentivizes material health screening
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
50% renewable content
Anew LEED pilot credit encourages facility managers and manufacturers to evaluate the impact on human health that building products may have during installation and use.
The pilot credit, Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure
Assessment, screens for potential hazards such as carcinogens,
mutagens and other potentially toxic substances.
Disclosure of exposure information is not always required.
With these new incentives to promote dialogue from development to implementation, potential hazards can be better understood and documented.
The ultimate goal is for project teams and manufacturers to
have a transparent model to accurately assess the safety of new
To receive these pilot credits, new LEED projects must be submitted with full product documentation from the manufacturer
to GBCI, the third-party verification organization for LEED. B
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