Let’s revisit Greenwashing…
On second thought, let’s revisit our commitment to healthier and more cost effective spaces and educating others on making wise “Green” decisions. I don’t need to espouse the benefits of the health, environmental and cost-saving impacts to those of you who work in the construction industry and see the amount of false “Green” claims from manufacturers. What I would like to do is re-arm those of you who are committed to helping homeowners and companies live and operate in healthier and more efficient environments.
In fear of stating the obvious, there is no such thing as a totally “Green Product”. Products simply possess one or more green attributes. It may help when educating the public of this and knowing what to look for in your own suppliers.
- Product has been certified by a 3rd party, not just rated by their own company or industry.
- Product has the following attributes:
- Minimize material content
- Salvaged material
- Recycled content
- Agricultural Waste Content
- Rapidly renewable material
- Located extracted and/or manufactured locally
- Exceptional durability
- Otherwise conserves natural resources
- Reduction pollution and waste
- Conserves water and waste
- Avoid or reduce toxic emissions
- Natural or minimally processed
- Contributes to Indoor air Quality (IAQ)
- Other environmental quality considerations such as energy efficiency
I know, back to basics, but sometimes it is nice to review the groundwork behind the work we do.
Jennifer Noden LEED AP is the Principal Designer for Glenhurst Design Group, a commercial interior design firm that recognizes the financial, social and environmental benefits to Sustainable Design. While maintaining an eye for cost-effectiveness, Glenhurst relies on these basic principles to create or transform the space into an environment that will achieve success in occupancy/employee comfort and productivity, energy and water efficiency, and material and resource responsibility.