Is Pharos the Wikileaks for Building Materials?
by Sarah Gilberg, Information Systems Associate, and Jim Vallette, Senior Researcher, Healthy Building Network
The word of the year 2010 is transparency. Credit its prominence to the modern James Bondian figure Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks divulgence of state secrets. But WikiLeaks’ efforts have done as much to cloud the debate over transparency as they have to shed light on matters that impact our daily lives.
What the Pharos Project shares with WikiLeaks is being a transformative platform for transparency. But we do not use shadowy tactics to achieve this goal. We do not play geopolitical games. We’re encouraging voluntary disclosure by manufacturers, and we’re empowering consumers to make informed choices.
The Pharos Project, a project of the Healthy Building Network, connects you to a network of building professionals and manufacturers committed to transparency as a core value on the path to sustainability. Pharos is not a certification or label, it is information: the critical health and environmental data about the manufacture, use, and end of life of building materials specified and used every day. All delivered in an easy to use web based tool. For more information go to www.pharosproject.net www.healthybuilding.net.