2018 SM Transparency Report™ / EPD Framework – Integrating the international standard ISO 21930:2017

By Sustainable Minds on April 14, 2018

Release notes

Now in its fifth annual release, the SM Transparency Report™ / EPD Framework Part A 2018 has integrated key rulings from the new ISO 21930:2017, as determined by the SM Technical Advisory Board (TAB) and public comments.

What is ISO 21930 and why is it important? ISO 21930: Sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works – Core rules for environmental product declarations of construction products and services is one of the primary standards for product category rule (PCR), life cycle assessment (LCA), and Type III environmental declaration development for building materials. It is specifically named in LEED v4 as one of the two standards for creating conformant Type III environmental declarations. Outside of Europe, this international standard (ISO 21930) is more likely to be used than the European standard (EN 15804), as it applies internationally.

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification: Trend Report Deep Dive: PCRs & EPDs – Manufacturers' webinar

By Sustainable Minds on March 29, 2018

Recorded Tue, Mar 28, 2–3pm ET | 11–12pm PT

2017 Product Transparency Trend Report:
From Innovation to Early Adoption to Early Mainstream

Since the introduction of LEED v4 and product transparency, new expectations and definitions of high-performance buildings have emerged. What's been happening? In this educational webinar, we will continue to explore and understand the findings from this comprehensive report by Sustainable Minds.

In last month's webinar, we unveiled the report's overall findings. This month we will take a deep dive and examine environmental impact reporting trends of the past 5 years.

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification: Trend Report Deep Dive: PCRs & EPDs – AECs' webinar

By Sustainable Minds on March 29, 2018

Recorded Tue, Mar 27, 2–3pm ET | 11–12pm PT

2017 Product Transparency Trend Report:
From Innovation to Early Adoption to Early Mainstream

Since the introduction of LEED v4 and product transparency, new expectations and definitions of high-performance buildings have emerged. What's been happening? In this educational webinar, we will continue to explore and understand the findings from this comprehensive report by Sustainable Minds.

In last month's webinar, we unveiled the report's overall findings. This month we will take a deep dive and examine environmental impact reporting trends of the past 5 years.

Transparency is the New Green in Healthy, High Performance Schools: Part 8: Excel Dryer, AEP Span & CHPS

By Sustainable Minds on March 15, 2018

Recorded Tue, Tuesday, Mar 13, 2–3pm ET | 11–12pm PT

Welcome to our webcast series featuring CHPS manufacturer members making credibly greener & healthier products. Learn how they are working to understand and improve the environmental performance and material health of their products.

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification: Bringing product transparency to the mainstream in 2018 – Manufacturers' webinar, #2

By Sustainable Minds on March 3, 2018

Recorded Wed, Feb 28, 2–3pm ET | 11–12pm PT

2017 Product Transparency Trend Report: From Innovation to Early Adoption to Early Mainstream

Since the introduction of LEED v4 and product transparency, new expectations and definitions of a 'greener and healthier' built environment have emerged. What's been happening? In this educational webinar, we will present the findings from this comprehensive report from Sustainable Minds.

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification: Bringing product transparency to the mainstream in 2018 – AECs' webinar, #2

By Sustainable Minds on March 3, 2018

Recorded Tue, Feb 27, 2–3pm ET | 11–12pm PT

2017 Product Transparency Trend Report: From Innovation to Early Adoption to Early Mainstream

Since the introduction of LEED v4 and product transparency, new expectations and definitions of a 'greener and healthier' built environment have emerged. What's been happening? In this educational webinar, we will present the findings from this comprehensive report from Sustainable Minds.

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification: Bringing product transparency to the mainstream in 2018 – AECs' webinar

By Sustainable Minds on February 1, 2018

Recorded Tue, Jan 30, 2–3pm ET | 11–12pm PT

Avitru (formerly ARCOM) and Sustainable Minds are making it easier for building professionals, and your employees & partners to find, understand, select and specify products to construct higher-performing, greener & healthier buildings – all in one place.The result will have a tremendous impact on how decisions about building products get made.

In this special introductory webinar, we will give a tour of the SM Transparency Catalog and discuss how the cloud-based platforms of Avitru and Sustainable Minds will work together to provide credible and complete product transparency information.

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification: Bringing product transparency to the mainstream in 2018 – Manufacturers' webinar

By Sustainable Minds on February 1, 2018

Recorded Wed, Jan 31, 2–3pm ET | 11–12pm PT

Avitru (formerly ARCOM) and Sustainable Minds are making it easier for building professionals, and your employees & partners to find, understand, select and specify products to construct higher-performing, greener & healthier buildings – all in one place.The result will have a tremendous impact on how decisions about building products get made.

In this special introductory webinar, we will give a tour of the SM Transparency Catalog and discuss how the cloud-based platforms of Avitru and Sustainable Minds will work together to provide credible and complete product transparency information.

Avitru & Sustainable Minds Mainstream Product Transparency

By Sustainable Minds on January 10, 2018

Avitru and Sustainable Minds are making it easier for architects and engineers to find, understand, select and specify products to construct higher-performing, greener & healthier buildings.

Announced at Greenbuild 2017, and generally available during the first half of 2018, this partnership connects Avitru and Sustainable Minds so architects, engineers and contractors (AECs) can access the information they need – in one place.

Education Webinar Series: It's ready! Announcing new guidance for creating product group benchmarks to make EPDs comparable

By Sustainable Minds on December 22, 2017

Recorded Dec 19 | Tues, 2–3pm ET / 11am PT

To all industry associations, manufacturers and building professionals,

Finally, a standardized way to make EPDs comparable.
This new document provides detailed guidelines, process examples and tools for creating a Benchmarking Addendum to a PCR. The addendum includes not only the additional rules needed to create an industry-wide EPD for use as a credible product group benchmark; it also includes how manufacturers can use it to make comparative claims.