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The Green Guide EcoLibrary™: April 2008

May 1, 2008

New and Updated - April 2008

Certification programs and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) both provide a valuable approach to evaluating the environmental performance of products. However, a combination of the two provides even deeper insight and credibility. The following matrix identifies various certification programs currently in use by architects and designers and provides an evaluation of eacha, with the inclusion of a life-cycle approach, and with LCA as a part of the certification program.

Scope of CertificationMatrix of Product Certification Programs selected by The Green Standard to serve as entry point for posting in the Green Guide EcoList as of May 2008. Developers of some programs have been notified that they must strengthen features covered by September 2008 or be dropped from the list.Certification Program
signifies meeting the criteria

Singular Focus
(recycled content, sustainable forestry, etc.)

Multiple Attribute Focus
(combines more than one focus area)

Life Cycle Focus
(criteria spans a cradle-to-grave concept)

C2C
McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry

EcoLogo
Government of Canada

Energy Star
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Floor Score
Scientific Certification Systems

FSC Certified
Forest Stewardship Council

GREENGUARD Air Quality Certification
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

Green Label Plus
Carpet & Rug Institute

Green Seal
Green Seal Organization

Indoor Advantage
Scientific Certification Systems

Smart Sustainable Product Standard
Market Transformation to Sustainability

Sustainable Choice
Scientific Certification Systems

SFI Certified
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

back to top Life Cycle CertificationMatrix of Product Certification Programs selected by The Green Standard to serve as entry point for posting in the Green Guide EcoList as of May 2008. Developers of some programs have been notified that they must strengthen features covered by September 2008 or be dropped from the list.Certification Program
signifies meeting the criteriaCriteria for Raw Material SourcingCriteria for Manufacturing OperationsCriteria for Product Use PhaseCriteria for End-of-Life ManagementComprehensive Criteria Set for Each Life Cycle StageCriteria for ISO-Compliant Full Product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)riteria for Reductions in Life Cycle ImpactsRequires the Use of LCA for Certification Requires Independent Verification of LCA Data

C2C
McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry

EcoLogo
Government of Canada

b
b
b
bEnergy Star
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Floor Score
Scientific Certification Systems

FSC Certified
Forest Stewardship Council

GREENGUARD Air Quality Certification
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

Green Label Plus
Carpet & Rug Institute

Green Seal
Green Seal Organization

b
b
b
b

Indoor Advantage
Scientific Certification Systems

Smart Sustainable Product Standard
Market Transformation to Sustainability
c

Sustainable Choice
Scientific Certification Systems

c

SFI Certified
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

back to top TransparencyMatrix of Product Certification Programs selected by The Green Standard to serve as entry point for posting in the Green Guide EcoList as of May 2008. Developers of some programs have been notified that they must strengthen features covered by September 2008 or be dropped from the list.Certification Program
signifies meeting the criteria

Publicly Available Assessment Methods and Performance Thresholds

Publicly Available Summary of Results

Multi-Stakeholder Development Process

Public Standards Appeals Process

C2C
McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry

EcoLogo
Government of Canada

Energy Star
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Floor Score
Scientific Certification Systems

FSC Certified
Forest Stewardship Council

GREENGUARD Air Quality Certification
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

Green Label Plus
Carpet & Rug Institute

Green Seal
Green Seal Organization

Indoor Advantage
Scientific Certification Systems

Smart Sustainable Product Standard
Market Transformation to Sustainability

Sustainable Choice
Scientific Certification Systems

SFI Certified
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

NOTES: 

  1. Based on information publicly available on the program's Web site.
  2. Since program contains mulitple product categories with different criteria, the authors cannot guarantee that these criteria apply to each category directly. In principle, the program addresses these.
  3. Only requires the use of LCA to reach the highest level of certification: Platinum.

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