Originally published in Interiors & Sources

10/01/2008

The Green Guide EcoLibrary™: October 2008

New and Updated - October 2008. Developed by The Green Standard

 

Certification programs and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) both provide a valuable approach to evaluating the environmental performance of products. However, a combination of the two provides even deeper insight and credibility. The following matrix identifies various certification programs currently in use by architects and designers and provides an evaluation of eacha, with the inclusion of a life-cycle approach, and with LCA as a part of the certification program.

Matrix of Product Certification Programs selected by The Green Standard to serve as entry point for posting in the Green Guide EcoList. Developers of some programs have been notified that they must strengthen features covered by December 2008 or be dropped from the list.

Certification
Program

Scope of Certification
 
Transparency

signifies meeting the criteria

signifies meeting the criteria

Singular Focus
(recycled content, sustainable forestry, etc.)

Multiple Attribute Focus
(combines more than one focus area)

Life Cycle Focus
(criteria spans a cradle-to-grave concept) 

Publicly Available Assessment Methods and Performance Thresholds

Publicly Available Summary of Results

Multi-Stakeholder Development Process

Public Standards Appeals Process

C2C
McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry

 

    

EcoLogo
Government of Canada

 

  
Energy Star
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

   

Floor Score
Scientific Certification Systems

   

FSC Certified
Forest Stewardship Council

 

   

GREENGUARD Air Quality Certification
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

    

Green Label Plus
Carpet & Rug Institute

     

Green Seal
Green Seal Organization

 

 

Indoor Advantage
Scientific Certification Systems

   
Smart Sustainable Product Standard
Market Transformation to Sustainability
 

 
Sustainability Assessment for Resilient Floor Coverings (Draft NSF 2-2007) 

 
Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard NSF 140-2007 

 

Sustainable Choice
Scientific Certification Systems

 

 

SFI Certified
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

 

   

 

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Matrix of Product Certification Programs selected by The Green Standard to serve as entry point for posting in the Green Guide EcoList. Developers of some programs have been notified that they must strengthen features covered by December 2008 or be dropped from the list.

Life Cycle Certification

Certification
Program

signifies meeting the criteria

Criteria for Raw Material Sourcing

Criteria for Manufacturing Operations

Criteria for Product Use Phase

Criteria for End-of-Life Management

Comprehensive Criteria Set for Each Life Cycle Stage

Criteria for ISO-Compliant Full Product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Criteria for Reductions in Life Cycle Impacts

Requires the Use of LCA for Certification

Requires Independent Verification of LCA Data

C2C
McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry

 
     

EcoLogo
Government of Canada

b

     
Energy Star
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
         

Floor Score
Scientific Certification Systems

  

 

      

FSC Certified
Forest Stewardship Council

         

GREENGUARD Air Quality Certification
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

         

Green Label Plus
Carpet & Rug Institute

         

Green Seal
Green Seal Organization

b

     

Indoor Advantage
Scientific Certification Systems

         
Smart Sustainable Product Standard
Market Transformation to Sustainability

 

Sustainability Assessment for Resilient Floor Coverings (Draft NSF 2-2007)

 

 

 

Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard NSF 140-2007

 

Sustainable Choice
Scientific Certification Systems

 

SFI Certified
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

         

NOTES: 

  1. Based on information publicly available on the program's Web site.
  2. Since program contains mulitple product categories with different criteria, the authors cannot guarantee that these criteria apply to each category directly. In principle, the program addresses these.
  3. Only requires the use of LCA to reach the highest level of certification: Platinum.

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When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

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