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

Jess Blanch, Design Associate and Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, Capitol Hill Housing

Catherine Bobenhausen, Senior Consultant at Colden Corporation

Michael Bodaken, President of Bodaken & Associates

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

Joanna Frank, President and CEO of Center for Active Design

Dr. Maida Galvez, Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine, Public Health, and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Gretta Goldenman, Director at Millieu Ltd

Jean Hansen, Sustainable Principal, Senior Professional Associate, HDR

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

Martin Mulvihill, Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Safer Made, and Senior Advisor and Board Member for Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

Seandra Pope, President & CEO of Rooted Consulting Group

Becky Schaaf, Senior Vice President, Energy at SAHF

Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons School of Design at The New School and Director of Tishman Environmental Design Center