Building operations and construction consume the largest percentage of the world’s energy and natural resources and contributes to the majority of the waste found in today’s landfills. For this very reason it is essential that we take into account the impact materials have on our environment. Green building calls for more attention to the materials and strategies used while constructing, deconstructing, or renovating buildings.
Always consider the source for all building products. Locally-produced items (with 500 mile radius of project) expend fewer transportation-related emissions and contribute to the regional economy.
Select products that are durable and long-lasting. Look for products certified by the Greenguard Environmental Institute or other Third-Party verifiers for acceptable indoor air quality standards.