Certifications

Meet Portico – A First-of-Its-Kind Building Materials Analysis Tool

Portico is a building materials evaluation web application service developed by Healthy Building Network that integrates project management functions and growing database of over 2,500 building materials and products evaluated using Pharos Chemical Hazard database and scored based on material health and transparency criteria.

23 Green Certifications to Look For When You’re Building or Remodeling Your Home

When you’re doing a green building project or starting the research for one the amount of information about products can be overwhelming. Many of the terms related to eco-friendly construction might be totally new to you and leave you bewildered, and scratching your head. We compiled this list of green certifications to help you navigate the world of green building.

MADE SAFE – The First Non-Toxic Certification in the Country

This article was written by Amy Ziff, Founder and Executive Director of MADE SAFE. A little over 5 years ago I had twins. More than my older daughter they were sensitive to everything. They were allergic to diapers and creams and ‘hypo-allergenic’ washes and lotions....

The Many Benefits of a LEED Home

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings. LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient through water and energy use reductions and they also reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Materials used are safer for human health and designs are aimed at improving indoor environmental quality for the occupants.

What Forestry Labels Really Mean [Infographic]

When you see a wood product that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, you’re probably wondering: What does FSC-certified really mean? What does SFI-certified mean? Are they the same? If not, which certification...

The Many Benefits of LEED-Certified Homes

Why should you aim for LEED certification for your home? Is it worth it to put forth the extra effort? Building and renovating with the environment in mind can be challenging on their own. Adding in a certification process may seem too daunting for many homeowners, but it’s worth it.

What Does the WaterSense Label Mean?

Did you know only 0.007 percent of the water on this planet is available to meet the demands of a population of 7.4 billion? Water is an incredibly precious resource! One way you can help protect it is by reducing how much you use and one of the easiest ways to do that is by looking for the WaterSense label when you build, buy, or renovate your home.

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