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On Nov. 8, Chicago-based firm Perkins+Will announced updates to its Transparency website and its precautionary list of hazardous materials in the built environment (located on the site), which were launched in 2008 and 2011, respectively. The announcement comes on the first day of the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo at Boston's Convention and Exhibition Center, which runs through Nov. 10.

Updates include a more user- and mobile-friendly digital database for the precautionary list with added search filter functions; more detailed information on the health and environmental hazards of each material; a "watch list" that monitors potentially harmful substances and a "sunset list" that identifies substances that are no longer or seldom used in the industry; and a new "section that offers a library of white papers, case studies, and other recommended reading, and a section for FAQs," according to a press release by the firm.

In addition to these updates, the precautionary list will be included in Portico, an online product management tool and directory for healthy products, currently under development by the Healthy Building Network, Google, Perkins+Will, Harvard University, Georgia Tech University, the Durst Organization, and Home Free. The precautionary list is not final and will continue to evolve based upon new research and findings.

“Our goal is to spur further industry transformation so that, one day, we can have peace of mind that all materials used to build and furnish our homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals, and other places are healthy and safe,” says Mary Dickinson, a senior associate at Perkins+Will. “With our updated precautionary list and Transparency website, we’re helping fellow designers take note of new, emerging, and known health hazards so that they can make more informed product decisions.”

Read the full release on the Perkins+Will website.