There are many factors to take into consideration when selecting materials for a build or remodel project. Unfortunately, there’s not always a clear-cut answer. Here are some questions to keep in mind when you’re looking for the best product for the job:

  • Is it salvaged or recycled?
  • Does it conserve natural resources?
  • Does it reduce environmental impacts during construction, demolition or renovation?
  • Does it save energy or water?
  • Does it contribute to a safe, healthy, indoor environment?

The answers, of course, depend on your clients’ priorities.

Here are some resources we recommend to help you make the best decisions for your clients:

Building Green’s 12 Product Rules
This consumer-friendly infographic introduces 12 useful guidelines for selecting green building materials.

Pharos CompAIR
The CompAIR volatile ingredients calculator helps users identify building products that release less chemicals into the air.

Athena Institute’s Impact Estimator
The only free software tool designed to evaluate whole buildings and assemblies based on internationally recognized life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology.

BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability)
Developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, this software allows users to select cost-effective, environmentally-preferable building products.

GreenPoint Rated Product Directory
Listed products meet GreenPoint Rated criteria for energy efficiency, resource conservation, water conservation, or indoor environmental quality.