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Sustainable Minds Announces Transparency Catalog v3.0: Now with all Declare® labels AND all HPDs and environmental product declarations (EPD) for building products in North America, with even more powerful MasterFormat® filtering

By Sustainable Minds on September 14, 2020

Do even more in 1 click. Now with 1,500+ brands, across 25 CSI MasterFormat® divisions and 800 sections, Transparency Catalog v3.0 provides deeper and more useful integration of partner data plus new tools that make it even easier to work the way you want, to get the best results – fast.

Cambridge, MA, September 14, 2020 – Sustainable Minds today announced the availability of the Transparency Catalog v3.0, continuing the company’s commitment to deliver simple, easy to use and powerful tools. With this release, architecture, engineering, construction professionals and owners (AECOs) can now find all manufacturers and the Declare labels and Living Product certifications for their products in each CSI MasterFormat® division and section – in 1 click.

What’s new in v3.0

  • CSI MasterFormat filtering and/or search for more specific results in 1 click

  • New filters: Regulation & advocacy

  • Declare API integration – All MFRs with Declare labels and Living Product Challenge certifications, continually updated

  • Get the spec for each MasterFormat section in a MFR's listing – Starting with Product MasterSpec, easy to download 3-part specifications

  • Transparency Catalog now an option in the GBCI's Better Materials – You decide the product platforms easiest to use & that meet your needs

  • Detailed usage analysis – Industry analysts covering product transparency — tracking MF section searches, search terms

  • Unlimited updates included in Standard subscription – SM data team curates and manages all content in the catalog to ensure quality and accuracy — experts in material health and environmental reporting QA all data coming in through APIs — not just hook up, but adding value by ensuring quality.

  • Updates to the N. American PCR Catalog include all announced PCRs in development

The Sustainable Minds data team, experts in material health and environmental reporting, continually updates and curates content to include EVERY building product MFR in N. America creating EPDs and/or material ingredient disclosures from EVERY program operator in N. America and EVERY material ingredient disclosure program (HPD, Declare, C2C, Level and more) identified by any of the green building rating systems that reward product transparency.

The Transparency Catalog is the product transparency cloud solution that makes it super easy to find & specify greener and healthier products for high-performance buildings — and reward building product manufacturers for making them.

People are saying...

“As a Materials Pledge signatory, we are constantly searching for the best tools to connect us with the MFRs investing in transparency. The Transparency Catalog streamlines our efforts and saves us critical time by providing a one-stop shop with up to date information, powerful filtering and a very user-friendly interface with easy to understand guidance.”
– Jay Hindmarsh AIA, CDT, CCS, LEED AP, WELL AP, Associate Principal, Mahlum Architects

"The Transparency Catalog has been an important additional tool toward achieving our firm-wide goals toward a non-toxic, environmentally preferable, and more transparent materials market. The robust and easy-to-find data helps streamline our process and allows designers to spend more time focused on design rather than data-mining."
– Tori Wickard AIA, LEED AP, Project Architect, Associate, Co-Leader Material Performance Taskforce, Perkins & Will

"Sustainable Minds continues to up the game in product transparency with v3.0. With increased functionality and even more integration of GAF product data and information, they are providing an even better tool for our customers and business partners to find and select our products."
– Jeff Terry, VP, CSR & Sustainability, GAF Materials Corporation

Founded in 2007, Sustainable Minds provides cloud solutions and services to help product manufacturers design and market greener products. In 2013, the company introduced its award-winning SM Transparency Report™, an innovation in EPD delivery and became a program operator to create standardized tools that make product transparency easier to understand and more effective. Today the company is the leading B2B cloud provider of environmental product transparency applications and content for building product manufacturers and AECOs.

The Transparency Catalog radically simplifies the delivery of product transparency information. In 1-click, powerful CSI MasterFormat® filtering enables architects, engineers, contractors, and owners (AECOs) to find EVERY brand and their products with transparency disclosures – in each division and section – making it possible to do in seconds what today takes hours, days or can’t be done at all. Designed, curated and continually updated by Sustainable Minds customer experience and product transparency experts, it delivers the best user experience throughout the construction process, from design to build. It’s free to use, no ads, no login and no selling data or analytics, ever.

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The ILFI is a hub for visionary programs. ILFI offers global strategies for lasting sustainability, partnering with local communities to create grounded and relevant solutions, including green building and infrastructure solutions on scales ranging from single room renovations to neighborhoods or whole cities. ILFI administers the Living Building Challenge, the environment’s most rigorous and ambitious performance standard, as well as the Living Product Challenge and Living Community Challenge. In addition, ILFI offers transparency labels through JUST, Declare, and Reveal. Zero Energy and Zero Carbon certification, and Living Future Accreditation are also available. For more information, visit