Latest Material + Products Articles

  • A Manufacturer's Perspective

    Executives at GAF talk about product transparency efforts and why all stakeholders need to be part of the dialogue.

     
  • Are Bio-Based Materials The Answer?

    Article in Environmental Building News, published by Vision 2020 Chair Alex Wilson, contends that using bio-based materials can also have undesirable environmental impacts.

     
  • SVOCs Present Hidden Dangers

    Flame retardants are just one of the many hazardous chemicals that may never be banned in the U.S.

     
  • An Introduction to HPDs

    Health Product Declarations address the health side of building products and materials.

     
  • LCA Comment Period

    Now ís your chance to comment on ANSIís draft standard for enhanced product declarations.

     
  • Where Comfort Lies

    The IBACOS Lab Home seeks to define comfort as a performance measure.

     
  • Ingredient Label for Building Materials

    Declare is a new labeling platform for materials transparency that encourages communication among project teams.

     
  • Peter Yost at IBS 2012

    Our topic co-chair takes the stage at IBS 2012 to discuss why bamboo and PV don’t define green building.

     
  • Why You Need the Red List

    The Red List provides a quantifiable metric for sustainable materials, but also fosters communication that is critical for meeting future targets.

     
  • EPDs and LEED 2012

    A recent statement of consensus offers an alternative means for disclosure tools in the upcoming update to the LEED rating system.

     
  • Debunking Building Science Myths

    Be aware of these misconceptions about how buildings and the environment interact before you spout them as gospel.

     
  • Brave New World

    BuildingGreen’s Alex Wilson and Peter Yost share their wish list for the future of the building industry.

     
  • Green Chemistry

    Even though you may be specifying energy-efficient polystyrene, polyisocyanurate, and polyurethane insulation for your builds, flammability codes still require the use of flame retardant (FR) chemicals.

     
  • Lacey Act Enforces Legal Lumber Sourcing

    Even certified lumber can be illegal. New enforcement crackdown puts emphasis on verifying lumber sources.

     
  • Noble Gases for High-Performance Windows

    Increased use of gases in evacuated window spaces may create supply problems, lead to next-gen solutions.

     
  • Toward Sustainable Materials

    In the construction world, Nadav Malin believes there are two main species—diggers and climbers. While some people enjoy scaling ladders and creating structure, Malin prefers digging in the dirt. “I found that when I was building houses, I really loved the...

     
  • The Stuff of Green Building

    In the construction world, Nadav Malin believes there are two main species—diggers and climbers. While some people enjoy scaling ladders and creating structure, Malin prefers digging in the dirt. 

     
  • Green Chemistry Standard

    A new standard establishes criteria for comparing sustainability-related attributes of chemicals and processes.

     
  • Web Tool: Transparency for Building Materials

    A free online database provides insight into precautionary built environment materials.

     
 
 
 
 
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