Are “Green” Buildings Killing Us?

By Katharine Schwab

They might be energy efficient, but that doesn’t mean they’re free of toxic chemicals.

Does calling a building “green” mean it’s healthy? Not according to researchers from the nonprofit research institution Silent Spring, who found dozens of harmful chemicals in newly renovated, LEED-certified low-income public housing in Boston. While some of these chemicals came from outside products the residents brought when they moved in–like cleaning supplies, beauty products, and even furniture–many others came from the building itself.

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