Living Building Materials List

Materials List

  • Rammed earth

  • Recycled timbers

  • FSC-certified, sustainably harvested lumber

  • Furniture: wood, organic fabric

  • Masonry manufactured on site

  • Clay tiles

  • Gypsum board

  • Glass

  • Aluminum

  • Steel

  • Copper

  • Stone

  • WetFlash sealant

  • Stone wool insulation with plant-based binder

  • HDPE plastic piping

  • Locally sourced, toxin-free concrete with high fly ash ratio for building foundations, permeable pavers, and mortar

  • Photovoltaics: cadmium, silicon

Red List Materials Compliance

Red List

Asbestos
Roofing materials without asbestos will be selected.

Cadmium
Only the photovoltaic panels will contain cadmium.
Chlorinated Polyethylene and Chlorosulfonated Polyethlene

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
Refrigerating appliances will use hydrocarbons (HCs) or ammonia.

Chloroprene (Neoprene)
Plumbing gaskets without chloroprene will be used.

Formaldehyde (added)
Plywood without formaldehyde is now available, but was not available when the Bullitt Center was being developed. Additionally, insulation with plant-based binders will be used.

Halogenated Flame Retardants.
Even though the fire resistance of these is questionable, insulation without these chemicals will be used.

Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
Refrigerating appliances will use hydrocarbons (HCs) or ammonia.

Lead (added)
Brass and bronze pipes will be purchased from the nearest manufacturers who make them with very low amounts of lead.

Mercury
Appliances, switches, lighting, and batteries without mercury will be installed.

Petrochemical Fertilizers and Pesticides
The food forest negates the need for fertilizers and pesticides.

Phthalates
To create the highly insulated building envelope, phthalate-free plastic barrier products will be used.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
In plastic plumbing pipes, HDPE will be used instead. For wiring, ABS plastic will be used.Wood treatments containing Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol. A non-toxic, organic sealant will be used.

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