Checklist For Green Building Materials

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Trying to figure out exactly why some products are considered green while others are not? Ideally, we’d all like to live in homes that are healthy for our families and the environment, but sometimes it can be challenging. The U.S. Green Building Council and the American Society of Interior Designers teamed up to create an organized checklist of questions to consider before making your purchases.

It provides questions that examine products and manufacturer’s use of energy, water, non-toxic materials, recycled content, renewable resources, and durable and biodegradable materials.

If you don’t have the time to evaluate various products yourself, a list of directories of green products is included in the ReGreen Checklist. From the comprehensive GreenSpec directory to The Green Guide, the list is full of useful links. I noticed one that I’ve found useful was overlooked. It’s called RateItGreen and is a website where members share their insights and reviews of numerous products and services.

Another helpful solution if you are remodeling or building is to hire a sustainable design consultant or green building consultant who’s experience and knowledge will lead the way to a greener project for your particular needs.

Tag(s): Going Green, Green Building, Green Furnishings

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3 Responses to “Checklist For Green Building Materials”

  1. Regreen Offers Green Building Product Checklist | Raisingspaces on April 2nd, 2008 8:03 pm

    […] US Green Building Council and the American Society of Interior Designer’s Foundation (and to Green Strides for this valuable information), weighing one green building product against the next just got a […]

  2. Green And Sustainable Homes on June 4th, 2008 10:44 pm

    […] Checklist For Green Building Materials – Trying to figure out exactly why some products are considered green while others are not? Ideally, we’d all like to live in homes that are healthy for our families and the environment, but sometimes it can be challenging. … […]

  3. Chuck on July 10th, 2009 12:53 am

    I think it is fantastic how we are using renewable energy and going green in so many ways. I think we also need to do things like reducing our energy usage, like installing geothermal heat pumps to replace high energy heating and cooling systems.

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