Event: Free CE webinar – We Built This City on HFRs: The Hidden Costs of Flame Retardants in Insulation
Date & Time: 9:00 – 10:00am PDT / 12:00 – 1:00pm EDT, March 30, 2016.
Location: Online (webinar)
Due to building code requirements, foam plastic insulation in the United States contains flame retardant chemicals that are known to be persistent and harmful or lack adequate toxicity information. There is mounting evidence demonstrating that current levels of fire safety can be maintained in certain applications without these chemicals, and steps can be taken to reduce their use. This webinar was instructive for anyone interested in understanding the health and ecological impacts of insulation and the role that updating the building code plays in advancing safe and affordable materials. We discussed the chemistry, products, perceptions, and regulations – as well as the Safer Insulation Solution, an open initiative to improve the environmental impact of energy-efficient and fire-safe buildings.