MARIETTA, Ga., Sept. 11, 2012—A new white paper published today by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), explores current and projected trends in green product certifications, building programs, and construction codes, underscoring the value both of transparency and performance-based metrics in sustainability leadership.
The paper, “Driving Performance and Transparency in Green Building Products and Materials,” also examines tools, such as sustainable product certifications, lifecycle analyses (LCAs), and environmental product declarations (EPDs), that can be used for evaluating and selecting environmentally preferable products.
“UL Environment is on the front lines, observing and assessing these marketplace and green building trends, so that we can use that market intelligence to improve our services and, in turn, create value for our customers,” says Sara Greenstein, president of UL Environment. “This latest white paper showcases our expertise in the green building space and highlights the solutions manufacturers should explore to gain marketplace advantage.”
Other key highlights of the paper include:
Research to support projected increases in green construction through 2016;
Predictions of the influence of green building programs – with special attention to the LEED Material Disclosure and Assessment Credit – on third-party certified products; and
Listing of benefits for manufacturers of pairing certified environmental performance with third-party certified environmental lifecycle impact disclosure.
About UL Environment
UL Environment works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. We help companies achieve their sustainability goals—and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting. For more information, visit www.ul.com/environment.