Restricted substances lists containing chemicals of concern are proliferating around the globe and are impacting product manufacturing in the U.S. and elsewhere. These lists typically originate with authoritative bodies such as government agencies. By reference and by direct incorporation, chemicals of concern lists are frequently written into the environment and health sections of industry specific sustainability standards.
Transparency on Chemical Content
Manufacturers also are increasingly being asked by customers to be â€śtransparentâ€ť about the chemical content of their products often down to very low concentration levels. Continue reading
Weâ€™ve been following the development of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) due to be released in final form in early 2012. Additionally, weâ€™ve commented on the two public version drafts. Two weeks ago, the International Code Council (ICC) held a hearing in Dallas, TX to address proposed changes to the IGCC Public Version 2.0 draft. Some of the proposed changes were quite significant and had the potential to directly impact manufacturers of building products used indoors. Continue reading
The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) recently announced their new Product Transparency Declaration (PTD). The introduction of the PTD as an alternate to the Health Product Declaration (HPD) for reporting the chemical ingredients of building products is anticipated to stimulate dialogue about the need and use of detailed chemical hazard information in architectural design. Continue reading
The design, construction, and maintenance/operation of buildings in the U.S. is increasingly impacted by both voluntary and mandatory â€śgreenâ€ť standards that either encourage or dictate environmentally sound choices with respect to building location and transportation, energy efficiency, water use, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality (IEQ). On the voluntary side, USGBCâ€™s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating systems provide a major driving force for changes in interior building products and furnishings. Continue reading
This is my second article about green product registries. In my last post, I introduced the topic and explained how these registries aid stakeholders in a building design project to make environmentally conscious decisions and how they provide a useful vehicle for manufacturerâ€™s to highlight their compliant and environmentally preferable products. Continue reading