Thursday, December 03, 2009

Some SERIOUS stuff about Green

Some rather interesting information from KIRBY DAVIS CSI, CCTS, CDT, LEED AP who is a Laticrete Senior Architectural Specialist:

"A new Green Building Product Coalition is forming between the Construction Specifiers Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency and GREENBLUE. By bringing together building product manufacturers, the coalition hopes to help optimize materials, products and supply chains to be better utilize raw materials, maximize renewable energy use, and reduce waste in the manufacturing process and packaging. The focus of the coalition will be to encourage the use of building systems that support an overall goal of sustainability versus the use of individual green products. This approach to identifying green will open the door for architects to identify systems with long life cycles versus products with a single environmental attribute.

I am coming across more and more of these types of directives focused on true environmental responsibility at the manufacturing level – everything from packaging sustainability to reducing the CO2 footprint through energy use and even a huge focus on environmental product declarations (EPD’s) as classed by ISO. A lot of these musings seem to be nebulous and without a lot of weight to support the findings. The GBP Coalition however, is composed of enough diversified groups to truly be able to offer a transparent platform for the building community to work together towards sustainable systems growth.

GreenBlue was founded in 2002 and was originally a nexus of projects at McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) , the private sustainable product and process design consultancy co-founded by American architect William McDonough and German chemist Michael Braungart in 1995. They are also responsible for the Cradle to Cradle program.
A little more about Greenblue - They are involved with a lot of big name corporations through their project called the Sustainable Package Coalition

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