Every home should be healthy.

Exposure to toxic materials used in building products can have serious long-term health implications, but homes can be built to be healthier.

Photo: CommonBond Communities, St. Paul, MN

The best way to prevent hazardous exposure is to eliminate the source.

The Healthy Affordable Materials Project seeks to improve the lives and health of affordable housing residents by reducing the use of toxic materials in building products.

The Healthy Affordable Materials Project is a four-part collaborative supported by a grant from The JPB Foundation and guided by a board of expert advisors.


Gina Ciganik

President, Healthy Building Network


Alison Mears

Director, Healthy Materials Lab, Parsons School of Design

Advisory Committee

Joseph Allen, Director of the Healthy Buildings program at the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment

Michael Bodaken, President of National Housing Trust

Lisa Britton, Director of Sales & Marketing and Sustainability Champion at Industrial Louvers, Inc.

Erin Christensen Ishizaki, Partner and co-director of Urban Placemaking at Mithun

Rolf Halden, Ph.D., P.E., Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University

Chunrong Jia, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health at University of Memphis

John McManus, editorial and digital content director for the Residential Group at Hanley Wood

Hilary Noll, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow working with First Community Housing in San Jose, CA.

Seandra Pope, President & CEO of Rooted Consulting Group

Fran Wagstaff, National Affordable Housing Expert and an innovator who redefined the way affordable housing is perceived, designed, developed and financed