Industry Best Practices
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building or neighborhood strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building or neighborhood projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.

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Green Globes

Green Globes is an online green building rating and certification tool that was developed by ECD Energy and Environment Canada and is primarily used in Canada and the U.S.

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National Green Building Certification (NGBC)

NGBC is a green building certification program for single- and multi-family construction, and subdivision development.

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Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM)

BREEAM is an environmental assessment and rating system for buildings primarily used in Europe.

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Corporate Reporting and Product Declarations
Examples of some companies’ efforts on sustainability in construction
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Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

An EPD is a Type III Environmental Label, per ISO 14025:2006.  An EPD is a third party certified label which uses a life cycle assessment approach to quantify the environmental impacts of products according to appropriate product category rules (PCR).  EPD’s are registered by Program Operators who ensure that all information is transparent, available, and current and all the relevant ISO standards are followed.

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Health Product Declaration (HPD)

HPD’s provide a standardized way of reporting material contents of products and the associated health effects of these materials. The HPD is developed according to the directions set forth by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, which began in 2010, and is considered to be complementary to life cycle documentation such as life cycle assessment (LCA) and an environmental product declaration (EPD).

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U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Consoritum

At Greenbuild, four major green building stakeholder organizations — ASTM International, ICC Evaluation Service, NSF International and Sustainable Minds — launched the first program operator consortium in the industry. The consortium will serve as an expert resource and advocate for creating product category rules, reviewing life cycle assessment reports and verifying and publishing environmental product declarations. According to a statement announcing the consortium’s formation, members will pool resources; leverage existing relationships; jointly conduct outreach, marketing, education and communications; and promote the overall use of PCRs, LCAs and EPDs in the marketplace.

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Declare – Public disclosure program
GreenWizard – building project management tool adds legitimacy and transparency
Living Product Challenge
Trade Associations or Consortia That Can Offer Support
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Founded in 1993, the USGBC is a nonprofit, membership-based organization that promotes sustainability throughout the design, construction and operation of buildings.

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Green Building Initiative (GBI)

GBI is a nonprofit organization established in 2004 and is the U.S. licensee of the Green Globes rating system.

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National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST has developed free, downloadable software that contains life-cycle and cost considerations for the construction industry called Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES).

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Athena Institute

The Athena Institute is a non-profit research collaborative bringing life cycle assessment to the construction sector. The Athena Institute offers LCA-based tools for whole buildings and assemblies.

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UK Green Building Council (UKGBC)

The UK Green Building Council has published a guide for building owners and managers to make the built environment more resource efficient.

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International Living Future Institute's Living Building Challenge
Resilient Design Institute
U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Greenbuild Conference