New Building Materials Label Focuses On Sustainability

Questions about the content of nonstructural buildings materials and the extent of their actual “greenness” have been the cause of criticism and raised concerns of greenwashing. Architectural products company Construction Specialities and design firm Perkins + Will have created a label for building materials to shed light on product content. The label would be beneficial for those seeking LEED certifications because the USGBC plans to reward use of materials that have third-party verification of environmental claims, lifecycle assessment data, or third-party certified environmental product declarations.


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