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					   What Criteria Make a Building Product
                  Green?
                                By Raymond Frobosilo Jr.
About the author: Raymond Frobosilo Jr. is Vice President of Operations for Super Stud Building
Products, an Edison, New Jersey, manufacturer of metal building products. The company’s framing
products, which are manufactured from cold-formed steel, can contribute substantially in meeting
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements. LEED is an
internationally recognized, third-party verification program for green buildings.

Concern for the environment, sustainability, recycling, and reducing waste have become increasingly
important to consumers and businesses in recent years. The construction industry is no exception, with
green building projects on the rise. In looking at these projects and the countless materials that go into
them, you may wonder, “What criteria make a building product green?”

Global Green USA’s Green Building Resource Center provides five important guidelines in identifying
whether a building product or material is green:

Does it save energy?
Windows and insulation, which reduce heating and cooling needs, and Energy Star-rated appliances fall
within this category.

Does it conserve water?
Dual flush toilets and devices installed under the sink to restrict water flow are good examples that
exceed legal conservation requirements.

Does it contribute to a safe, healthy environment?
Products such as carpets, paints, adhesives, and sealants should not release significant levels of indoor
pollutants.

Does it protect natural resources?
Recycled products and those made from renewable, salvaged, or sustainable materials receive high
marks.

Finally, does it reduce the building's’ footprint within a community?
Products that minimize storm water runoff, do not require pesticide treatments, and contain no harmful
chemicals will cause a building to have less environmental impact within a community.

				
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