WBDG07 Defining, Evaluating, and Selecting Green Products

Course ID: WBDG07
Duration: 1.5 hour
Level: Introductory (101)
AIA Continuing Education logo Learning Units: 1.5 LU
Prerequisites: None
HSW: Yes
USGBC Education Provider USGBC GBCI: Yes
GBCI Hour: 1.5 CE
Category: Materials & Resources

Environmentally-preferable products (EPPs), as defined by the federal government in Executive Order 13101, are those that have "a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared to competing products that serve the same purpose." The growing popularity of green buildings and green building programs (particularly the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® rating system) is expanding both the demand for, and availability of, green products. For designers and specifiers, these changes are providing greater opportunities to improve the environmental performance of many building products. At the same time, assessing the health and environmental impacts of materials is a complex process, which can be further confused by varying (and sometimes contradicting) claims from product manufacturers. Fortunately, an expanding set of green product resources and tools exists to assist project teams in making appropriate, informed evaluations and selections. This course will provide an introduction to the criteria for evaluating and selecting green products as well as guidance on how green product content is defined.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will learn and be able to:

  • Understand at least two of the health and/or environmental attributes of green products.
  • Summarize terminology that has developed in the field of green products.
  • Apply the steps in the process of evaluating and selecting green products.
  • Describe the facility design and development process for federal projects that support a comprehensive, integrated perspective on environmentally preferable products.
  • Identify the terms used for recycled products, low-emitting materials, and bio-based content.

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