Green Materials and Biomaterials

Designing for the health of the planet starts with low-impact or benign material choices. Links here include data portals for certified green building products to recipes for d-i-y and g-i-y materials


Materiom provides open source recipes and data on materials made from abundant sources of natural ingredients, like agricultural waste. By making this knowledge open, they accelerate materials development and lower barriers to entry in materials markets around the world. They work with companies, cities and communities to support the development of local biomaterial supply chains that nourish local ecologies and economies.

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International Living Future Institute Materials Petal

The intent of the Materials Petal is to help create a materials economy that is non-toxic, ecologically restorative, transparent, and socially equitable. Throughout their life cycle, building materials are responsible for many adverse environmental issues, including personal illness, habitat and species loss, pollution, and resource depletion. The Imperatives in this section aim to remove the worst known offending materials and practices and to drive business toward a truly responsible materials economy. When impacts can be reduced but not eliminated, there is an obligation not only to offset the damaging consequences associated with the construction process, but also to strive for corrections in the industry itself.

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Cradle to Cradle Certified

The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories — material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. A product receives an achievement level in each category — Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum — with the lowest achievement level representing the product’s overall mark.

Product assessments are performed by a qualified independent organization trained by the Institute. Assessment Summary Reports are reviewed by the Institute, which certifies products meeting the Standard requirements, and licenses the use of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ word and design marks to the product manufacturer. Every two years, manufacturers must demonstrate good faith efforts to improve their products in order to have their products recertified.

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Green Building Pages

GREEN BUILDING PAGES SEARCH PAGE enables you to tailor your search using multiple criteria to find exactly the information you are seeking about a product. You can also use the Green Building Pages Benchmarking Sustainability criteria to easily cross-compare products using the same baseline for comparison.

GREEN BUILDING PAGES CERTIFICATION COMPARISON enables to find information about a product certification and cross-compare certifications using the Green Building Pages Benchmarking Sustainability comprehensive criteria and format.

Over 160 BENCHMARKING SUSTAINABILITY criteria form the most comprehensive and clearly defined product evaluation system currently available, creating a consistent format for benchmarking and easily evaluating and comparing products and product certifications.

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