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Materials for a Healthy, Ecological and Sustainable Built Environment by Maibritt Pedersen Zari, Brenda Vale, Emina K. Petrovic

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A lack of recognition of potential health risks from building materials

Emina Kristina Petrović,    Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Abstract

This chapter reviews the exponential increase in the development of synthetic and petroleum-based chemicals since WWII. It argues that at the time of introduction, many new chemicals were (and are still) not tested for their impact on human health, which poses problems. It problematizes existing reliance on regulations and the top-down approach, by highlighting concerns that regulatory change is too slow. This chapter proposes a new approach to this problem, by evaluating the patterns in existing recognition of issues associated with the toxicity of building materials. It proposes ...

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