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Material Selection | BuildingGreen

Material Selection

Materials really do matter to the health of occupants and the environment, but finding out what is in a product—and why—is not easy. Products also have to perform as intended, so there are often tradeoffs between performance and the most sustainable materials. Here you will find articles on: the least hazardous, most environmentally sustainable materials used in products environmental product declarations that can reveal the life-cycle impacts of materials standards and third-party certifications that provide important VOC criteria and other health and performance metrics chemicals of concern in building materials You’ll also learn how what makes a product green can differ from product category to product category, and why multi-attribute vetting is critical no matter what product or material you’re selecting or specifying.

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