BuildingGreen s Top-10
Green Building Products




      The First Five


        Jim Newman
     BuildingGreen, Inc.
Drivers of Green Building
            Product Development
• Environmental concerns
   – Especially global climate change
 ...
BuildingGreen s basis of
           product assessment

• “Life-cycle thinking”
• Detailed criteria we’ve developed over t...
BuildingGreen, Inc.
What Makes a Product Green?




         BuildingGreen, Inc.
What s New With Products?

• New products coming out all the time
• Tremendous breadth of green
  building products in the...
Top-10 Product: Collins Pine
  FreeForm Particleboard
                    • FSC-certified
                         – Not as...
Collins Pine FreeForm Particleboard
• Melamine binder
   – Contains formaldehyde,
     but meets LEED Credit
   – Does not...
Collins Pine FreeForm Particleboard




             BuildingGreen, Inc.
What Makes it Green?
                                           • GreenSpec Criteria:
                                    ...
Collins Pine FreeForm Particleboard




                                   In the Collins Pine
                           ...
Top-10 Product: 180 Walls from
     Milliken & Company
                     • 100% Pre-consumer
                       rec...
180 Walls from Milliken




       BuildingGreen, Inc.
What Makes it Green?

                   • GreenSpec Criteria:
                        – Alternatives to
                 ...
Top-10 Product: Bosch
    Evolution 800 Series Dishwasher
                                     • Most energy efficient
    ...
Bosch Evolution 800 Series
• Also available in
  Integra Line
   – Slightly different
     styling
• Bosch commitment to
 ...
What Makes it Green?

                                      • GreenSpec Criteria:
                                        ...
Bosch Integra 800 Series




                             Identical to Evolution
                             Line; differ...
Top-10 Product: LifeGuard Cable
       from Houston Wire & Cable
• Nearly all electrical and
  data cable today contain
  ...
What Makes it Green?
• GreenSpec Criteria:
   – Alternatives to
     hazardous
     components
   – Reduces impacts
     f...
LifeGuard Cable
from Houston Wire & Cable
                  • Used primarily for high-
                    reliability nee...
Top-10 Product: LED Downlights from
     LED Lighting Fixtures, Inc.
                              • Efficacy 60 lpw
      ...
LED Downlights from LLF




       BuildingGreen, Inc.
What Makes it Green?

                   • GreenSpec Criteria:
                        – Alternatives to
                 ...
LED Downlights from LLF




Century Equipment Corp
• First commercial
   installation
• Installed 90 LLF lights
• Very hap...
LED Downlights from
           LED Lighting Fixtures, Inc.

                                                 Grand Award w...
Information:
                           800-257-7300
                  jim@BuildingGreen.com
                  www.Buildin...
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This lecture will address the processes and tools used to determine the "greenness" of products and materials typically used in the construction process. We will begin with a brief discussion of Embodied Energy as a central factor in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), one of the primary methods for judging a material's sustainability. We will then present some simple tools and techniques that allow for the practical application of these concepts to the materials selection process. Primary criteria for judging the "best in class" in specific product categories will also be discussed, as well as sources of supply. This lecture is intended as a general introduction to the green materials selection process. (Level 1)

Samples Library. A representative from Building Green will discuss some of GreenSpec's top 10 products of 2007. Emphasis will be placed on qualities to look for when specifying green products in these categories. Bring questions and a brown bag lunch.

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BuildingGreen's Top 10 Green Building Products

  1. 1. BuildingGreen s Top-10 Green Building Products The First Five Jim Newman BuildingGreen, Inc.
  2. 2. Drivers of Green Building Product Development • Environmental concerns – Especially global climate change – Loss of rainforests and other important ecosystems – Toxic releases • Higher energy costs – Gasoline prices – Electricity prices • Health concerns – Americans spend 90% of time indoors • Water shortages and drought BuildingGreen, Inc.
  3. 3. BuildingGreen s basis of product assessment • “Life-cycle thinking” • Detailed criteria we’ve developed over ten- plus years • Frequent revisions to GreenSpec criteria – Periodic changes to criteria • Eventually we hope to base selection on third-party EPP certification, perhaps even full life-cycle assessment (LCA) BuildingGreen, Inc.
  4. 4. BuildingGreen, Inc.
  5. 5. What Makes a Product Green? BuildingGreen, Inc.
  6. 6. What s New With Products? • New products coming out all the time • Tremendous breadth of green building products in the marketplace • Plan to review a small sampling of new and particularly innovative products • All products from our GreenSpec research BuildingGreen, Inc.
  7. 7. Top-10 Product: Collins Pine FreeForm Particleboard • FSC-certified – Not as an extra-cost option, but all product – Most FSC products are extra cost • No added urea- formaldehyde • Meets CARB Phase 1 standards for formaldehyde emissions BuildingGreen, Inc.
  8. 8. Collins Pine FreeForm Particleboard • Melamine binder – Contains formaldehyde, but meets LEED Credit – Does not darken material as does phenol- formaldehyde binder • Company working on binder formulations to meet Phase II of CARB standard • Hopes to eventually eliminate formaldehyde entirely FreeForm is commonly used as veneer-core material – Experimenting with soy binders BuildingGreen, Inc.
  9. 9. Collins Pine FreeForm Particleboard BuildingGreen, Inc.
  10. 10. What Makes it Green? • GreenSpec Criteria: – Pre-consumer recycled content – FSC-certified wood – Releases minimal pollutants • LEED credit relevance: – MR Credit 4: Recycled content – MR Credit 7: Certified FSC-certified raw material for wood FreeForm particleboard – IEQ Credit 4: Low- emitting materials BuildingGreen, Inc.
  11. 11. Collins Pine FreeForm Particleboard In the Collins Pine particleboard plant, orange banding means FSC-certified; blue means no-added urea formaldehyde BuildingGreen, Inc.
  12. 12. Top-10 Product: 180 Walls from Milliken & Company • 100% Pre-consumer recycled commercial wallcovering • Vapor-permeable • Self-adhesive backing eliminates need for paste • Silver rating in McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry Cradle-to-Cradle certification • Certified to Greenguard Children & Schools Program BuildingGreen, Inc.
  13. 13. 180 Walls from Milliken BuildingGreen, Inc.
  14. 14. What Makes it Green? • GreenSpec Criteria: – Alternatives to hazardous components – Pre-consumer recycled content – Releases minimal pollutants • LEED credit relevance: – MR Credit 4: Recycled content – IEQ Credit 4: Low- emitting materials BuildingGreen, Inc.
  15. 15. Top-10 Product: Bosch Evolution 800 Series Dishwasher • Most energy efficient full-size dishwasher available • Energy Factor of 1.14 – 148% higher than federal standard – 73% higher than Energy Star Standard • One of the quietest dishwashers on the market at 42 dBA Evolution 800 Series SHE98M BuildingGreen, Inc.
  16. 16. Bosch Evolution 800 Series • Also available in Integra Line – Slightly different styling • Bosch commitment to energy efficiency – Only appliance manufacturer with 100% of products in applicable product areas achieving Evolution 800 Series SHE98M - Energy Star ratings Controls on door • Manufactured in the U.S. by German company BuildingGreen, Inc.
  17. 17. What Makes it Green? • GreenSpec Criteria: – Equipment that conserves energy or manages loads – Fixtures and equipment that conserve water – Noise control • LEED credit relevance: – EA Prereq 2: Minimum http://drought.unl/dm energy performance – EA Credit 1: Optimize energy performance BuildingGreen, Inc.
  18. 18. Bosch Integra 800 Series Identical to Evolution Line; different styling BuildingGreen, Inc.
  19. 19. Top-10 Product: LifeGuard Cable from Houston Wire & Cable • Nearly all electrical and data cable today contain halogens, heavy metals, plasticizers • LifeGuard one of the only alternatives • Low-smoke • Available with no PVC, no fluoropolymers (Teflon) • Most are lead-free • Meet European RoHS requirements (Reduction in Hazardous Substances) BuildingGreen, Inc.
  20. 20. What Makes it Green? • GreenSpec Criteria: – Alternatives to hazardous components – Reduces impacts from construction or demolition – Releases minimal pollutants • LEED credit relevance: – None BuildingGreen, Inc.
  21. 21. LifeGuard Cable from Houston Wire & Cable • Used primarily for high- reliability needs – Utility – Industry • Also in densely occupied commercial spaces: – Hospital – Transportation – Universities • Little if any use in residential projects to date BuildingGreen, Inc.
  22. 22. Top-10 Product: LED Downlights from LED Lighting Fixtures, Inc. • Efficacy 60 lpw – Higher than CFLs • CRI 92 – Higher than fluorescent • 42 LEDs per fixture – Red & yellowish-green LEDs to create white light • 10.7 watts - 650 lumens • Long life (50,000 hours) No mercury • Fits standard 6” cans • Cost: $125-130 list www.LLFinc.com BuildingGreen, Inc.
  23. 23. LED Downlights from LLF BuildingGreen, Inc.
  24. 24. What Makes it Green? • GreenSpec Criteria: – Alternatives to hazardous components – Equipment that conserves energy or manages loads • LEED credit relevance: – EA Credit 1: Optimize energy performance BuildingGreen, Inc.
  25. 25. LED Downlights from LLF Century Equipment Corp • First commercial installation • Installed 90 LLF lights • Very happy with performance BuildingGreen, Inc.
  26. 26. LED Downlights from LED Lighting Fixtures, Inc. Grand Award winner: 2007 Lighting for Tomorrow Competition (sponsored by U.S. DOE and others) - Solid State Lighting category Sentry Equipment Corporation, Wisconsin BuildingGreen, Inc.
  27. 27. Information: 800-257-7300 jim@BuildingGreen.com www.BuildingGreen.com BuildingGreen, Inc.

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