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

Materials & processes

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.

Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification & procurement: Building Better PreK–14 Schools: CHPS, Oregon Door & Group14 Engineering

By Sustainable Minds on June 10, 2021

Recorded Thu, June 10, 12–1pm ET

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) is the pioneer in healthy, green school criteria. CHPS Criteria has been used in 100s of PreK–14 building projects across the country. 200+ design teams are currently participating in CHPS verification programs. Used in many of the largest school districts, its influence stretches across the country promoting the importance of healthy, environmentally friendly materials in construction and operation.

Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification & procurement: Getting Started with Transparency & Material Health Using HPDs & the Transparency Catalog

By Sustainable Minds on June 2, 2021

Recorded Wed, May 19, 2–3pm ET

The Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Open Standard is the most widely used transparency and material health reporting method in the building industry, with over 8,000 published HPD reports representing over 20,000 building products.

Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification & procurement: Using the EC3 tool & Transparency Catalog to make lower embodied carbon decisions

By Sustainable Minds on April 20, 2021

Recorded Thu, Apr 15, 11–12pm ET

It's been a year since our first webinar together. Using EPDs to select products with lower embodied carbon still isn't simple, but the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) has been changing that.

13,000 people have signed up for EC3 tool accounts since going live at Greenbuild 2019! A collaborative, open-source industry-led sustainability platform, the EC3 tool helps professionals make better decisions about embodied carbon in construction, and enables supply chain accountability.

Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification and procurement: The WELL Health-Safety Rating & WELL v2

By Sustainable Minds on April 6, 2021

Recorded Thu, Apr 1, 12–12:30pm ET

Meet the WELL Health-Safety seal, With a fantastic launch campaign bringing the public's attention to how health and safety are directly linked to how we design and maintain the great indoors, this new rating is an on-ramp to WELL v2 certification.

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification, Part 19: Continuus Materials, FreeAxez and Arup – Circular Building Materials

By Sustainable Minds on March 3, 2021

Recorded Wed, Feb 24, 12–1pm ET

Welcome to our webinar series featuring building product MFRs making credibly greener & healthier products. Whether you're a MFR or an AECO you'll find value in hearing these leaders share stories about their strategies, innovations and transparency journeys.

This webinar will explore how the industry is moving towards circular economy principles that mitigate climate change, minimize waste and maximize reuse.