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New Report Offers Guide To Green Product Certification And Standards Programs

April 2009 - Green


Eight green product standards and certification programs identified as primary market movers are compared in a recent report.
 
The report,  Primary Green Product Standards and Certification Programs: A Comparison, compares the objectives of these leading green product programs; it also details program accreditations, product qualification processes and qualified or certified products. Explanations of first, second, and third party certification programs and how each green product program fits these definitions are also discussed.
 
Included in the report is a table highlighting accreditation of the standards developer and also the currently recognized LEED points achievable with products recognized or certified by these various programs.
 
The programs and standards compared in the report are:
 
     *ENERGY STAR: Identifies efficient products that reliably deliver energy savings and environmental benefits.
     
    * WaterSense: Identifies high performing, water efficient products and practices
     Cradle to Cradle - certifies products based on lifecycle of materials used to construct a product and the overall lifecycle of the product.
     
    * GREENGUARD Certification Program: Certifies products and processes for their low chemical emissions and low toxicity.
    
    * Green Seal: - Certifies products and practices for their low toxicity and overall environmental impact.
 
    * GreenSpec Directory: - A published resource on environmentally preferable products.
 
    * Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): Certifies wood products coming from forests managed to meet social economic and ecological needs.
 
    * Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI):  Certifies wood products coming from well-managed forests and responsible procurement practices.




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