Friday, April 3, 2009

Understanding Green Product Certifications

Architects, designers, hotel developers and others are increasingly specifying green materials for the buildings they are designing and developing. Sifting through all of the green product labels/certifications for those products can be a challenge. Air Quality Sciences has released a white paper that explores the differences between eight certification programs. The programs include: (1) Energy Star; (2) WaterSense; (3) Cradle to Cradle; (4) GreenGuard; (5) Green Seal; (6) the GreenSpec Directory; (7) Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and (8) Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

The white paper provides a brief history of each of the programs and defines each program's goals. What the paper lacks is an indepth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each program. Still, the white paper is worth a quick read and worth filing for future reference. Click here to check it out.

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