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EVENTS

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Dec. 6 | 5:30-6 pm | Webinar

Driving Demand with Home Performance Data
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Spring 2017, Date TBD | Oakland

Coming Soon: Beyond Energy Efficiency Conference
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Spring 2017 | Date TBD | Throughout California

National Association of REALTORS® Green Designation Training
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Fall 2017 | Date TBD | Oakland

Coming Soon: GreenPoint Rated Training Series
March 2, 2016 

How Do You Select Green Building Products?

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. 
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Pharos CompAIR
The CompAIR volatile ingredients calculator helps users identify building products that release less chemicals into the air.
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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.
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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.  
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GreenPoint Rated Product Directory 
Listed products meet GreenPoint Rated criteria for energy efficiency, resource conservation, water conservation, or indoor environmental quality. 
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