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BEES: Software For Selecting Cost-Effective Green Products
BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) software selects cost-effective, environmentally-preferable building products.

BEES: Software For Selecting Cost-Effective Green Products
BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) software selects cost-effective, environmentally-preferable building products.

Building Green: Free Database Can Guide Early Design Decisions On Carbon, Health
Building Green says the Quartz Project opens up Pharos and GaBi intelligence to the public, combining the formats of HPDs and EPDs into one tool.

CMHC: Selecting Sustainable Building Materials
CMHC report describes important aspects to consider when assessing building materials for life cycle sustainability. (PDF)

Dovetail: Toolkit Approach To Sustainability
Dovetail report Toolkit Approach To Sustainability describes life cycle, economic and social legs of the basic three-legged stool analogy for sustainability. (PDF)

GIPPER: Canadian Government Procurement Policies To Eliminate Refuse
Governments Incorporating Procurement Policies to Eliminate Refuse is a Canadian guide to environmental purchasing created by representatives of the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government and other concerned organizations. (PDF)

GreenBiz: 4 Steps To Evaluating Products With A Sustainability Scorecard
Green Biz describes how companies can navigate the inevitable confusion that arises when sourcing and certification programs each define and measure sustainability by a different set of standards.

Inhabitat: Choosing Sustainable Building Materials & Resources
Inhabitat walks you through choosing materials wisely, and ensuring that those you select are a part of the whole picture of a sustainable home.

The BuySmart Network: Resources For Sustainable Purchasing
The BuySmart Network (formerly the Sustainability Purchasing Network) is the primary source of information and education on sustainability purchasing in Canada. They support organizations interested in making purchasing and logistics choices that consider how goods and services promote a healthier community and environment through all stages of their life cycle—from extraction and harvesting to manufacturing to disposal.

WBDG: Evaluating & Selecting Green Products
Whole Building Design Guide describes some green product resources and tools that exist to assist project teams in making appropriate, informed evaluations and selections.
Finance & Incentives

AIA: Green Incentive Types, Barriers & Successess
American Institute of Architects commissioned a report, Local Leaders in Sustainability - Green Incentives, that defines and examines many types of incentive programs, details the inherent barriers to success and highlights best practice examples from around the country.

PWC: List Of Canadian Federal & Provincial Incentives To Go Green
PricewaterhouseCoopers offers lists of Canadian federal and provincial sustainability-related incentives.

Real Estate Foundation Of BC: General Grant Program
Real Estate Foundation of BC General Grant Program supports initiatives that non-profit organizations have identified as important based on research and their own, on-the-ground knowledge and experience. These grants help to meet needs, fill gaps and implement solutions. They benefit not only the organizations and communities involved, but also groups in other regions that are facing similar challenges.

SDTC: Canadian Funding For Sustainable Development Technology
Sustainable Development Technology Canada finances and supports development and demonstration of clean technology products and processes which provide solutions to issues of climate change, clean air, water quality and soil, and which deliver economic, environmental and health benefits to Canadians.

WCEL: BC Development Cost Charges Can Encourage Green Buildings
West Coast Environmental Law report on how local BC governments can use development cost charges as practical ways for municipalities to modify their systems to encourage smart growth and encourage high performance green building design.
Labels & Standards

Advertising Age: How To Choose The Right Eco-Label For Your Brand
Advertising Age article says eco-labels can be a powerful green-marketing tool, but unless they're used carefully they can confuse rather than convince consumers. It describes how working through the maze of claims can help marketers win consumers.

Aerias: Comparison Of Green Product Standards & Certification Programs
Air Quality Sciences report Primary Green Product Standards and Certification Programs: A Comparison, explores in-depth the following eight certifications: Energy Star, WaterSense, Cradle to Cradle, GreenGuard, Green Seal, GreenSpec Directory, Forest Stewardship Counci, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative. (PDF)

Bio Preferred: US Labelling Program For Biobased Retail Products
US Department of Agriculture new BioPreferred labeling program provides a product label that would appear on qualifying BioPreferred biobased products. It allows biobased product manufacturers to participate in a voluntary labeling program to identify biobased products on retail store shelves.

Building Green: EPDs Are The Future Of The Building Industry
Building Green says environmental product declarations are taking off, and some experts share the ups and downs of this promising but imperfect transparency tool.

CSA: CAN/CSA-ISO 14025-07 Standards For Environmental Labels & Declarations
CSA standard CAN/CSA-ISO 14025-07 Environmental Labels and Declarations - Type III Environmental Declarations - Principles and Procedures, establishes the principles and specifies the procedures for developing Type III environmental declaration programmes and Type III environmental declarations. It specifically establishes the use of the ISO 14040 series of standards in the development of Type III environmental declaration programmes and Type III environmental declarations. $130 CDN

CSI: Standard Reporting Of Green Attributes Of Construction Products
Construction Specifications Institute is developing Green Format, which will provide a standardized format for reporting information about sustainable attributes of construction products. This information will be stored in a Web-accessible database that allows users to sort and view the data in various ways to best suit a projects needs. The database will offer an additional benefit to manufacturers: a way to present clear, consistent, and concise information on the lifecycle qualities of products to specifiers.

Declare: Ingredients Label For Building Products
Declare is a voluntary self-disclosure program and ingredients label for building products. Declare will help the building industry position its products within the emerging transparent materials economy.

Dovetail: Environmental Product Declarations
Dovetail report Environmental Product Declarations: What? Why? How? describes how Life Cycle Assessment which focuses on a range of quantifiable environmental impacts can be taken into account along with more traditional cost, functionality and aesthetic criteria. (PDF)

Dovetail: Green Guides: What, Why & How Of Green Marketing Claims
Dovetail report The Green Guides: What, Why and How of Green Marketing Claims summarizes requirements of the Green Guides as they relate to renewable and recyclable materials, including wood and fiber products. It also highlights recent changes to the Green Guides and the overall impact of the guidelines on green marketing efforts. (PDF)

Dovetail: Is Certification Of Building Materials Important Or Not?
Dovetail report says it is time for those involved in the green building movement to seriously consider whether the elements of responsible production are important or not. If so, then it is time to ask why such assurances of responsible production, and everything that responsible production has come to mean, are not expected for building materials in general, and not just things such as wood.

Dovetail: US Green Building Programs & Designation Of Green Products
Dovetail reviews recent updates and proposed changes to prominent green building programs in the US, including USGBC LEED-NC and LEED-H programs, NAHB National Green Building Standard, and GBI Green Globes program. It focuses on each programs strengths and weaknesses that impact identification of environmentally preferable construction materials, including how each addresses indoor air quality, life cycle assessment, recycled content and salvaged materials, certified products, locally-sourced materials, biobased materials, and material consumption reduction. (PDF)

EcoHome: Overview Of Green Product Labels & Certifications
EcoHoe magazine article summarizes various green product labels and certifications, and offers tips and considerations for searching for truth in manufacturer's green product claims.

Ecolabel Index: Global Directory Of Ecolabels
Ecolabel Index is a global directory of ecolabels, currently tracking 432 ecolabels in 246 countries, and 25 industry sectors.

Ecolabelling: Directory Of Eco Labelling Programs
Eco Labelling site goals are to gather all ecolabels in the world onto one common platform, provide standard data and analysis on those ecolabels, and help companies buy and sell ecolabelled products and services. They describe over 270 labels, each with a detailed description and link to it's Web site.

Green Seal: Environmental Product Certification Program
Green Seal is a US nonprofit organization that provides science-based environmental product certification standards. They have established a market among large institutional purchasers, including government agencies, universities, and the lodging and architectural building industries. They also advise and assist these institutions and industry sectors in their efforts to green their purchasing, operations, and facilities management functions.

GreenBook Live: BES 6001 Framework Standard For Responsible Sourcing
UK GreenBook Live online Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products provides a holistic approach to managing a product from the point at which component materials are mined or harvested, through manufacture and processing. It is demonstrated through an ethos of supply chain management and product stewardship and encompasses social, economic and environmental dimensions.

Greener Choices: Search What Various Labels On Products Mean
Consumer Reports site Greener Choices allows you to search to find out what the labels on consumer products really mean. The search tools get their expert evaluation of labels on food, wood, personal care products and household cleaners. You can search by product, category, or certifier, and easily compare labels using report cards.

Greenguard: Standards For Low Emitting Indoor Materials
Greenguard Environmental Institute provides these standards which define goods with low chemical and particle emissions for use indoors, including building materials, furnishings, maintenance and more.

HPDC: Health Product Declaration Collaborative
Health Product Declaration Collaborative is the industry standard for communicating building product contents and related chemical hazards information.

ICC: ICC-ES Environmental Programs
International Code Council ES Environmental Programs (formerly known as SAVE) provide manufacturers with independent and comprehensive evaluation and/or certification that their products meet specific sustainability targets. The end result is a Verification of Attributes Report which provides technically accurate product information that can be helpful to those seeking to qualify for points under major green rating systems.

ISO 21930:2007: Environmental Declaration Of Building Products
ISO 21930:2007 provides principles and requirements for type III environmental declarations (EPD) of building products. It contains specifications and requirements for the EPD of building products and complements ISO 14025 for the EPD of building products.

MNN: 21 Green Symbols You Should Recognize
Mother Nature Network describes 21 symbols you should recognize, for green product certifications found on everything from paper to light bulbs.

NAHB: Green Certified Products For NAHB US National Green Building Standard
US National Association of Home Builders new Green Certified Products site features product photos and more detailed product specs, to further help connect architects, designers, and builders with products that have had points pre-approved for their National Green Building Standard practices.

SMART: Voluntary Standard For Labelling Sustainable Building Products
SMART Building Product Standard, from the Institute For Market Transformation To Sustainability, enables manufacturers and suppliers to state specific attributes that indicate sustainability levels of their green products. (PDF)

UL Environment: ECOLOGO Product Certification Program
ECOLOGO Product Certification Program standards set metrics for a wide variety of criteria in some or all of the following categories: materials; energy; manufacturing and operations; health and environment; product performance and use; and product stewardship and innovation.
New Products

Builder Magazine: 10 Products, Technology Systems For The Future
Builder Magazine says it’s hard to predict what products, technology, and systems will be important in the next 10 years, but green experts say the looming energy crisis can give us a pretty good idea.

Builder Magazine: New Green Products
Builder Magazine archives their articles and slide shows on new green products.

Builder Magazine: Top Shelf Products From GreenBuild 2014
Builder Magazine highlights innovative and eco-friendly products from GreenBuild 2014.

Building Green: Top 10 Green Products 2004
Building Green publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News selections of the top ten green building products of 2004.

Building Green: Top 10 Green Products 2005
Building Green publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News selections of the top ten green building products of 2005.

Building Green: Top 10 Green Products 2006
Building Green, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News, describes its selections of the top ten green building products of 2006.

Building Green: Top 10 Green Products 2008
Building Green, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News displays their picks for the 2008 Top 10 Green Building Products.

Building Green: Top 10 Green Products 2009
Building Green, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News displays their picks for the 2009 Top 10 Green Building Products.

Building Green: Top 10 Green Products 2010
Building Green, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News displays their picks for the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2010.

Building Green: Top 10 Green Products for 2013
Building Green, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News displays their picks for the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2013.

Building Green: Top 10 Green Products for 2014
Building Green, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News displays their picks for the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2014.

Building Green: Top 10 Green Products for 2015
Building Green, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News displays their picks for the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2015.

Building Green: Top 10 Green Products For 2016
Building Green describes their picks for the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2016.

Building Online: Sustainable Industries Journal Top 10 Green Products 2006
Building Online, a building industry newsletter, lists products that Sustainable Industries Journal magazine selected as their top ten green building products of 2006.

Building Science: Green Innovations & Emerging Technologies
Building Science Seminars online presentation by Dr. John Straube provides on overview of energy efficient and green innovations and technologies in building design and products. (PDF)

Construction Dive: Top 10 Green Building Products For 2017
Construction Dive describes the annual Building Green list of predictions for the green products likely to have the most significant impact on the market in the coming year.

EcoBuilding: Cradle To Cradle Announces 2015 Innovator Awards
EcoBuilding Pulse Magazine describes Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute 2015 Innovator Award winners that are designing for upcycling and making products with ingredients that are manufactured in ways that respect the environment.

EcoHome Magazine: New & Notable Green Building Products
EcoHome Magazine describes a selection of sustainable products, including ventilation fans, thin-film solar roofing, low-flow faucets, and energy monitoring.

EcoHome: Editors Choice For New Green Products 2009
EcoHome magazine displays the winners of their annual award for innovation and leadership in green building products.

For Residential Pros: Recent Trends In Green Products
For Residential Pros article describes some trends in green products and names of their suppliers.

GBA: New Green Building Products Of February 2012
Green Building Advisor describes some new green building products including photovoltaic shingles, three new insulation products, high-performance windows and skylights, and HVAC register covers for duct tightness tests.

GBA: New Green Building Products Of September 2011
Green Building Advisor describes new green building products including high-performance windows, doors, and tapes for your next superinsulated home.

Inhabitat: Top 10 Eco Innovations 2006
Inhabitat, a design industry site that tracks innovative sustainable technology, practices and materials, describes its Top Ten Eco-Innovations of 2006, as part of its Green Building 101 series on design innovation.
Product Listings & Search

BC Hydro: eCatalog Listing Of Energy Efficient Products For Businesses
BC Hydro Power Smart provides a searchable database of energy efficient products and suppliers of lighting, controls, HVAC, industrial products, computers, and more.

Built Green: Listing Of Products Supplied By Canadian Built Green Members
Built Green a Canadian green building program lists their member suppliers' products categorized by divisions within the Built Green checklist.

EcoBuilding: 9 Green Product Databases For Selecting Sustainable Materials
EcoBuilding Pulse Magazine describes nine guides where you can find up-to-date information on the sustainability of building products and materials.

Ecospex: Canadian Sustainable Building Products
EcoSpex is a Canadian online platform for verification, documentation, specification and knowledge of sustainable construction materials.

Green Building Pages: Database Of Green Building Products
Green Building Pages searchable database has products organized by CSI Division and LEED Credits, and sustainability reviews for specifying materials in building projects.

Green Building Products: Purchasable Greenspec Guide To Residential Building Materials
Builder Books sells Green Building Products, that has descriptions and manufacturer contact information for more than 1,400 environmentally preferable products and materials. All phases of residential construction, from sitework to flooring to renewable energy, are covered. Products are grouped by function, and each chapter begins with a discussion of key environmental considerations, and what to look for in a green product. $38 USD

Green Pro: Directory Of Green Industry Professionals
Green Professional Directory connects you to local green builders, remodelers, architects, contractors, insulators, landscapers, appraisers, inspectors and more.

GreenFormat: CSI Site For Listing & Finding Green Products
GreenFormat is the Construction Specifications Institute site for listing and finding properties of green products that affect sustainable performance in buildings.

Greenspace: Vancouver Magazine On Green Building & Products
Greenspace, an annual Business In Vancouver magazine, covers sustainable development in the GVRD, industry news, issues, articles, and listings of green products and services.

Living Future: Declare Product Database Of Green Products
International Living Future Institute online Declare database categorizes green products. For both manufacturers and designers, it provides a clear, elegant and informative method for ingredient disclosure. Declare stands by transparent and open communication and allows consumers and designers a streamlined point of entry into the worlds most groundbreaking products.

Meta Efficient: Reviews Of Efficient & Green Products
Meta Efficient reviews efficient or green products, and provides their opinions on resuts.

Minnesota: Sustainable Building Materials Database
Minnesota Building Materials Database site is a vehicle to document, evaluate, and disseminate usable information on sustainable materials, products, systems, and services for the commercial and residential building construction industry in Minnesota.

NAHB: Green Certified Products For NAHB US National Green Building Standard
US National Association of Home Builders new Green Certified Products site features product photos and more detailed product specs, to further help connect architects, designers, and builders with products that have had points pre-approved for their National Green Building Standard practices.

Quartz: Database Of Healthy, Sustainable Products
Quartz as an online database provides with information about the health and environmental effects of some commonly used building products.

SAB: Canadian Sustainable Design & Green Product Directory
Sustainable Architecture & Building magazine offers a searchable directory of Canadian sustainable design and green building products.

Sustainable Sources: US Online Sourcebook For Green & Sustainable Building Products
US Sustainable Sources directory lists water, energy, building materials, and solid waste products, with details including CSI numbers, definition, considerations, commercial status, implementation issues, guidelines, and more resources for each.

UL Spot: Online Product Sustainability Information Tool
UL SPOT is a web-based product sustainability information tool that will facilitate the selection of credible green products and enable the design community to apply that information into the Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow. SPOT database allows architects, designers and specifiers to identify products by sustainable attributes, MasterFormat product codes and building rating system credits such as LEED v4 and the WELL Building Standard. It goes beyond traditional green certification data to include a comprehensive view of a product's attributes through expanded product listings. The expanded listings will also include safety data, such as fire ratings and, for furniture, performance certifications and claim verifications.
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