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GreenWizard, International Living Future Institute Label Sustainable Building Products

Green building software provider GreenWizard has partnered with environmental NGO the International Living Future Institute to promote a more sustainable and transparent built environment.

Under the partnership, the Institute’s Declare program is integrated into GreenWizard’s Product Management Workflow, a web-based product data and documentation tool that helps builders define sustainability goals, find products to meet those goals, and achieve green-building certification.

Declare is a “nutrition label” of sorts for building products. Design and construction professionals use the Declare label to find building products that have disclosed their ingredients, raw material sources and manufacturing locations in support of the Living Building Challenge stringent materials requirements. To be certified under the Institute’s Living Building Challenge, projects must meet a series of sustainability requirements including net zero energy, waste and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy.

Now that Declare products are visible within the GreenWizard workflow, Living Building Challenge project teams and other green builders will have single source for information about product health, toxicity and source location, according to Amanda Sturgeon, vice president of the International Living Future Institute and director of the Living Building Challenge.

Last month, GreenWizard and SCS Global Services formed an alliance under which products certified by SCS will appear on GreenWizard’s platform. SCS’s certifications address recycled content, indoor air quality and wood content compliant with Forest Stewardship Council standards.

In February, the General Services Administration announced it is seeking additional input from the public for the next 60 days regarding the federal government’s use of third-party green building certification systems. The review is required every five years. GSA said it is currently evaluating LEED 2009, the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes, and the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge.


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