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Sustainable Building, Professional and Product Certifications

  1. 1. How Green is your Building/Product? April 2010
  2. 2. COPYRIGHT MATERIALS This presentation is protected by US and International Copyright laws. Reproduction, distribution, display and use of the presentation without written permission of the speaker is prohibited. © 2009 SHP LEADING DESIGN
  3. 3. Learning Objectives: 1. Assess various sustainable building and product certifications and their similarities and differences 2. Discuss which certification is applicable for different building and product types 3. Recognize when “greenwashing” or unsubstantiated environmental claims are being made 4. Apply knowledge about sustainable certifications to your ongoing projects
  4. 4. Outline: 1. Building Certifications 2. Professional Credentials 3. Green Building Codes 4. Green Product Certifications
  5. 5. Building Certifications
  6. 6. LEED  Run by USGBC/GBCI  Comprehensive in Nature- Seven Categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environment, Innovation and Design, Regional Priority  Relies on Documentation- No On-Site Testing  Different Rating Systems are Available for Different Types of Projects  Certification Lasts Forever (except O+M)
  7. 7. LEED
  8. 8. LEED
  9. 9. ENERGY STAR  Run by the Federal Government  Primarily Focused on Energy Use  Actual Energy Use, not Expected  Compares your Building to Others  No Certification Fees  Certification Lasts a Year  Not all Building Types are Eligible  One level of Certification Available
  10. 10. GREEN GLOBES  Certification Program that began in Europe  Operated in the US by the Green Building Initiative  Comprehensive in Nature- Seven Categories: Energy, Indoor Environment, Site, Water, Resources, Emissions and Project Management  Relies on Certified “Assessors” to Verify Compliance  Includes Life Cycle Assessment Tools  Certification Fees are similar to LEED  Available for New Construction, Existing Buildings and Residential
  11. 11. GREEN GLOBES
  12. 12. National Green Building Standard  Developed and Administered by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)  Comprehensive in Nature- Six Categories: Lot Design, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Operations, Maintenance and Education  Relies on Certified “Assessors” to Verify Compliance  Certification Fees are similar to LEED (Slightly Less)  Only Available For Residential Projects
  13. 13. National Green Building Standard Each level has increasing minimum energy performance requirements.
  14. 14. Building Energy Quotient  Developed by ASHRAE  Based on a Building Labeling System in use in Europe  Only Deals with Energy Use  Two Labels Available: “As Designed” and “In Operation”  Will rely on Certified Professionals for Energy Modeling and in Operation Verification  Still in Pilot Phase- Scheduled to Launch in 2010
  15. 15. Building Energy Quotient
  16. 16. GREENGUARD  Developed by Greenguard Environmental Institute  Certifies Building Projects that Prevent and Manage Moisture Intrusion During Design, Construction, and Operation  Focuses Solely on Mold Prevention and Indoor Air Quality Protection  Available for New Commercial and Residential Buildings and Major Renovations.
  17. 17. Professional Credentials
  18. 18. LEED  Administered by GBCI  Requires Passing an Exam and Experience Criteria  Three Levels Available  Five Specialties Available  Attractive to Professionals in Many Industries, Including Lawyers, Insurance Agents, Janitorial Companies, etc.  Now Requires Continuing Education  Currently Recognized as the Top Sustainable Design Credential  Certificetion also Available for “Green Raters”
  19. 19. GREEN GLOBES  Two Types: Green Globes Assessor (GGA) and Green Globes Professional (GGP)  Requires an Industry Experience, Application, Training and Passing an Exam  Ongoing Training is Required as the System Evolves  The Certification Must be Renewed Every Two Years  A Person Cannot be an GGA and a GGP
  20. 20. Green Advantage  Requires Passing an Open Book Exam  Two Types Available: Commercial and Residential  Certification is Good for 3 Years  Specifically Aimed at the Building Industry  Gaining Traction in the Construction Industry as a Beneficial Certification
  21. 21. Green Building Codes
  22. 22. International Green Construction Code Standard 189.1:Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings  Developed by ASHRAE, ICC, USGBC and IES  Comprehensive- covers water use, energy use, indoor environmental quality, materials and resources, and site design  Not a Certification  Meant to be Adopted By Local Jurisdictions as Part of the Building Code  No Longer Voluntary: Would be Enforced by Code Officials
  23. 23. Green Product Certifications
  24. 24. GREENGUARD  Developed by Greenguard Environmental Institute  Certifies a Wide Range of Product Types, Including Adhesives and Sealants, Casework, Cleaning Products, Insulation and More  Focuses almost Exclusively on Indoor Air Quality Protection  Uses Chamber Testing to Evaluate VOC, Formaldehyde, Particulate, Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Dioxide Levels.  Has a Certification Program Specifically for Children and Schools  Used by LEED for Furniture and Furnishings
  25. 25. Green Seal  Certifies a Wide Range Cleaning/Maintenance and Building Products and now Entire Companies  Focuses on Indoor Air Quality and Life Cycle Assessment  Certification is Based on Whether or Not the Applicable Standard has Been Met  Used by LEED for Paints and Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants and More.
  26. 26. Green Label Plus  Developed by the Carpet and Rug Institute  Certifies Carpet, Cushions and Adhesives  Focuses on Indoor Air Quality, Focusing on Low VOC Content  Uses Chamber Testing to Evaluate IAQ Impacts of Carpet Systems  Used by LEED for Carpet Systems
  27. 27. FloorScore  Developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute  Certifies Vinyl, Linoleum, Laminate, Engineered Hardwood, Ceramic and Rubber Flooring and Wall Base  Focuses on Indoor Air Quality, Focusing on Low VOC Content  Uses Chamber Testing to Evaluate IAQ Impacts of Carpet Systems  Used by LEED for Flooring Other than Carpet
  28. 28. Cradle to Cradle  Developed by MBDC  Certifies just about Any Consumer or Building Product Type you can Think of  Assess a Wide Variety of Sustainability Criterion with an Overall Focus on Life Cycle Assessment  Uses a Complex Assessment Chart that Looks at Materials, Material Reutilization, Energy, Water and Social Responsibility  Has Multiple Levels of Certification: (Basic, Silver, Gold and Platinum)  Can be Used to Achieve a LEED ID Point
  29. 29. FSC Certification  Developed by the Forest Stewardship Council  Certifies Forestry Practices and Manufactures that Work with FSC Certified Materials  Different Certifications Available for Wood and Paper Products  Looks at the Three Ps of Sustainability  Currently the Only Acceptable Wood Certification for LEED
  30. 30. EcoLogo  Developed by Environmental Choice  Certifies a Wide Range of Product Types, Including Cleaning Supplies, Product Packaging, Paper Products, Printing Products and even Events  Focuses on Many Aspects of Sustainability for Indoor Environmental Quality to Emissions and Resource Conservation  Used by LEED for Cleaning Supply Standards  Environmental Choice Develops their own Standards for Use in Certification
  31. 31. Thank you! Any questions? SHP LEADING DESIGN 4805 Montgomery Road Suite 400 Cincinnati, OH 45212