Perspectives on greener product development and manufacturing from Sustainable Minds, our partners, customers and contributors.

Innovation

Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification & procurement: Understanding the 2022 ACLCA PCR Guidance – Process & Methods Toolkit

By Sustainable Minds on August 22, 2022

Recorded Monday August 15, 2-3pm ET | 11am PT

Creating standardized, consistent, and reliable PCRs & EPDs for transparency, procurement, and supply chain data

With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act* it's a new world for people that create and use EPDs!

With the increasing demand for using ISO Type III environmental declarations (EPDs) to communicate the potential environmental impacts of products and processes, EPDs are also being used to inform design and procurement decisions. This presents the critical need to create EPDs that are ISO standards-conformant, consistent with life cycle assessment (LCA) best practices and that enable digital communication with construction, accounting, and other reporting tools. Assuring the quality of product category rules (PCRs) ensures that EPD results can reliably inform decisions.

Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification & procurement: Understanding the NEW carbon estimating tools for early stage building design

By Sustainable Minds on July 12, 2022

Recorded Thu July 12, 2-3pm ET | 11am PT

Meet the people creating the new crop of carbon accounting / assessment / estimating tools for AECOs to make better decisions about projects. If you've been working to reduce embodied carbon impacts, you're probably familiar with the EC3 tool. It includes a database of EPDs and building impact calculator designed for use in material procurement.

These new tools target early stage design when there’s time to investigate, model and make better informed decisions up front. Each is intended for different project types and provides different types of results.

Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification & procurement: Material Disclosure Miniseries, Part 3 of 3 - Understanding Declare & Living Products

By Sustainable Minds on June 15, 2022

Recorded Tue, Jun 7, 2-3pm ET

Meet the leading material ingredient disclosure programs (Declare & Living Product Challenge, Health Product Declaration, Cradle to Cradle Certified®) helping AECOs and MFRs make better decisions about materials used in products and projects. While the disclosures from all the programs contribute to green building rating system materials credits, each provides different information.

Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification & procurement: Material Disclosure Miniseries, Part 2 of 3 - Understanding HPD v2.3

By Sustainable Minds on April 27, 2022

Recorded Thu, Apr 28, 11–12pm ET

Meet the leading material ingredient disclosure programs (C2C, HPD, Declare) helping AECOs and MFRs make better decisions about materials used in products and projects. While the disclosures from all the programs contribute to green building rating system materials credits, each provides different information.

Attend each one to learn about:
AECOs – The different info provided in each type of disclosure and how to use to make decisions about brands and products
MFRs – Which program(s) is right for your business based on R&D, innovation, market position and sales goals

The Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Open Standard
is the most widely used transparency and material health reporting method in the building industry with almost 10,000 published HPD reports representing over 40,000 building products.

Join us for demos and to learn about:

  • What's new in the HPD Open Standard v2.3
  • The Perkins&Will Precautionary List
  • Using the Transparency Catalog to find all brands & products with HPDs in every MasterFormat® section – and now Precautionary List-Free materials – in 1 click

Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification & procurement: Material Disclosure Miniseries, Part 1 of 3 - Understanding Cradle to Cradle Certified®

By Sustainable Minds on April 16, 2022

Recorded Tue, Nov 9, 2–3pm ET

Meet the leading material ingredient disclosure programs (C2C, HPD, Declare) helping AECOs and MFRs make better decisions about materials used in products and projects. While the disclosures from all the programs contribute to green building rating system materials credits, each provides different information.

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection, Specification & Procurement: MSR Design, Bio-Plastic Solutions and Roseburg Forest Products

By Sustainable Minds on December 23, 2021

Recorded Tue, Nov 9, 2–3pm ET

Should interior designers care about embodied carbon?

In many building typologies, interior spaces are renovated and refreshed many times during the lifetime of the building, equaling or even surpassing the embodied carbon (EC) of the structure and envelope. However, data and modeling tools for interior designers have lagged as the perception that EC from structure and envelope are substantially greater.

A recent study from MSR Design examines the embodied carbon in casework / millwork materials and countertops, building on research from the Carbon Leadership Forum. Join us to learn about measuring and comparing the embodied carbon impact of casework, countertops and furniture in your designs and meet two manufacturers creating lower embodied carbon materials for these applications.

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection, Specification & Procurement: GATE Precast & Master Builders Solutions – Sustainable Construction

By Sustainable Minds on December 15, 2021

Recorded Thu, Dec 9, 2–3pm ET

Improving concrete & chemical products / solutions.

Concrete & steel are high impact materials and also the most widely used. Meet two MFRs providing products and solutions to simplify and streamline the construction process to help building owners, design professionals, concrete producers and contractors to build and restore structures, more sustainably.

Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification & procurement: Accelerating Transition to a Circular Economy - Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Reuse

By Sustainable Minds on October 30, 2021

Recorded Wed, Oct 27, 3–4pm ET

Today, manufacturing accounts for 25% of U.S. energy consumption at a cost of $150 billion. Industry is the 3rd largest contributor to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at 22%. REMADE's experts & partners are working to reduce these amounts.

A $140M, 130-member public-private partnership, REMADE Institute funds & accelerates the U.S. transition to a Circular Economy through development of cutting-edge sustainable manufacturing technologies to make real, near-term environmental and economic impacts.

Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification & procurement: New EPDs & PCRs for the Digital Economy – Making EPDs better for procurement – coming soon!

By Sustainable Minds on October 15, 2021

Recorded Wed, Oct 6, 2–3pm ET

With the increasing demand for EPD (environmental product declaration) data to make procurement decisions, the need to create EPDs that are standardized, consistent and reliable is paramount. Making that happen requires profound process and technology change by all participants involved in their creation – program operators, LCA analysts, manufacturers and technology solution providers.

Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification & procurement: Creating LEED v4.1 Optimized EPDs: USGBC, Owens Corning & Advanced Fiber Technology

By Sustainable Minds on July 6, 2021

Performance improvement matters.

LEED v4.1 rewards the use of higher performing products. The range of report types included in the EPD Option 2: Embodied Carbon/LCA Optimization credit now makes it possible for manufacturers of all sizes and stages in their transparency journeys to demonstrate how they are credibly achieving measurable improvements.