Living Future Institute starts label for green building materials

The International Living Future Institute is launching a new labeling program for green building materials.

The International Living Future Institute is launching a new labeling program for green building materials. 

In response to questions about harmful substances found in building materials, the International Living Future Institute on Wednesday announced the launch of a new nutrition label-like certification for building products.

Declare, which is aligned with the institute's Living Building Challenge and that program's Red List of harmful materials, aims to provide an easy way to tell what's in building products.

A database of Declare-approved products will be available online in a database.

Builders who want to avoid potentially harmful materials often find it difficult to determine exactly what's in the items they choose for construction. The Declare label was created to spur building products manufacturers to be proactive about declaring what materials they're using.

"Despite a growing mountain of research demonstrating the detrimental impact of toxic building materials and increasing public awareness of this fact, change has been slow," said Amanda Sturgeon, vice president of the International Living Future Institute and director of the Living Building Challenge.

Declare was created in partnership with a broad spectrum of building material experts and programs, including the Pharos Project and the soon to be launched Healthy Product Declaration Open Standard.

In response to increasing demand for greener building products, the Living Future Institute and Oregon BEST last month launched a contest to spur the development of new materials that are free from harmful substances.

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