A Closer Look: What Makes Building Materials Green?

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Building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials each year or 40 percent of total global use. Using green building materials and products promotes conservation of dwindling nonrenewable resources internationally. In addition, integrating green building materials into building projects can help reduce the environmental impacts associated with the extraction, transport, processing, fabrication, installation, reuse, recycling, and disposal of these building industry source materials. So what criteria must be met to make a product or material green? Green building materials are composed of renewable, rather than nonrenewable resources. Green materials are environmentally responsible because impacts are considered over the life of the product. Depending upon project-specific goals, an assessment of green materials may involve an evaluation of one or more of the criteria listed below.

  • Resource efficiency
  • Indoor air quality
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Affordability

For details on the listed criteria and the three basic steps of product selection please follow link for full article http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/greenbuilding/materials/#Resource

If you don’t have time to do extensive research on building products choosing green certified products can ensure your product has been researched and tested to be environmentally responsible. There are a number of green certifications building products can receive one globally recognized certification is by EcoLogo part of the UL Global Network. They provide third party certification of environmentally-preferable products. Follow this link to view EcoLogo Certified EcoSolve products and more http://www.ecologo.org/en/participatingcompanies/details.asp?client_id=590

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