Database Helps with Environmental Product Declarations

CHICAGO — A new online database is offering a single source for environmental product declarations (EPDs) that will help green builders assess the potential environmental impact of a product.

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Cradle to Cradle: Specifying Sustainable Materials

Sustainability for buildings and interiors has become a fundamental tenet of design, whether or not a project pursues LEED certification. The products and processes used for building should be thoughtfully manufactured, installed, recycled and disposed of when they are no longer of use.

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Environmental Product Declarations Released for Aluminum Products

ARLINGTON, Va. — Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), documents that explain how a product will impact the environment, are becoming more popular as the interest in green building grows. Now, the building industry can add aluminum to a list of products that come with an EPD.

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USGBC Extends LEED 2009 Registration

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is giving the building industry additional time to prepare for LEED v4, the latest version of LEED.

The USGBC announced Oct. 29 that LEED users will be allowed to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016. The new date is more than a year after the original deadline of June 15, 2015, when new projects would have to be certified using LEED v4.

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Greenbuild International Conference Begins

PHILADELPHIA — The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo kicked off today to bring together green building industry leaders from across the globe to discuss leading technologies and innovations.

The world’s largest international conference devoted to green building began with several education sessions and featured a LEED Certification Work Zone. Representatives from the world’s leading green building firms and organizations are set to present workshops focused on a wide variety of subjects from lighting to lifecycle safety.

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