How Greener Product Applies Environmental Standards

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The goal of Greener Products is to identify sustainability products that comply with the standards used by product specifiers on over 95% of commercial and residential construction projects. The standards have been established by the United States Green Building Council's LEED rating system, the LEED for Homes rating system and the National Association of Home Builders rating standards.

Products in twenty four (24) building products categories are evaluated using seven environmental qualifiers namely energy (conservation and renewable), regionally produced materials, air quality, certified wood, recycled content, reused and renewable materials. Significant environmental impacts are considered and products are evaluated from raw materials extraction through manufacturing to use and disposal. Environmental claims are reviewed and verified through third-party certification and/or supporting documentation stating that products have been accepted for USGBC and/NAHB certified projects.

Standards Used by Greener Product LLC

LEED Rating System

"The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.

LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality" - US Green Building Council

LEED for Homes

"A LEED-certified home is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes green building certification program. LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes"- US Green Building Council

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

The National Green Building Standard is the first residential green building rating system to undergo the full consensus process and receive American National Standards Institute approval. The four threshold levels - Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald - allow builders to achieve entry-level green building, or the highest level of sustainable "green" building incorporating energy savings of 60% or more. Single-family & multi-unit homes, residential remodeling projects, and site developments are all covered in the Standard" - NAHBGreen - National Green Building Program

Approved List of Third-Party Certifiers (TPC)

  • Energy Star - They certify a variety of products according to the energy they use, including home entertainment, computers, laundry and kitchen appliances, and more.
  • Bureau Veritas - Founded in 1828, Bureau Veritas is an international group specialized in the inspection, analysis, audit, and certification of products, infrastructure (buildings, industrial sites, equipment, ships, etc.) and management systems in relation to regulatory or voluntary standards Certifiers of many green products, including furniture, paint, flooring and insulation
  • CARB – The California Air Resource Board is mandated to attain and maintain healthy air quality, conduct research into the causes of and solutions to air pollution.
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)- The international non-profit organization most respected for forestry products certification. Look for its logo (or qualified certifier logos) on many wood and paper products.
  • Green Label and Green Label Plus- Administered by The Carpet and Rug Institute, these certifications identify products with very low VOC emissions. 
  • GreenGuard – Certifiers of many green products, including furniture, paint, flooring and insulation.
  • Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) – An independent, third-party certifier. They administer FSC certification as well as other environmental certifying systems on a variety of products.
  • SmartWood – The largest FSC certifier of forestlands. Look for their seal of approval on wood, paper, and forest products.
  • Underwriters Laboratory (UL) - Underwriters Laboratories® is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing standards for safety for more than a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products.

     

     


       

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