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Pharos Project
Pharos is a project of the Healthy Building Network (HBN) who has partnered up with key players in the green building movement to bring you this tool. Pharos seeks to define a consumer-driven vision of truly green building materials and how they should be evaluated in harmony with principles of environmental health and justice. The Operating Principles of the Pharos Project are transparency, comprehensiveness, independence, accuracy and fairness applied to analyzing the impact building materials have on human health, the environment and communities – during production, use, and at the end of their useful life.
American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM)
Organized in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world. ASTM International is a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for the development and publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems, and services.
ASTM Technical Committee D22 Publications
Publications Sponsored by Committee D22 on Air Quality.
International Standardization Organization (ISO)
ISO is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 100 countries, one from each country. ISO is a non-governmental organization established in 1947. The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. ISO's work results in international agreements which are published as International Standards.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Government program under the US EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention that is promoting the use of recycled and other green products.
Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Plus Program
Today's energy-efficient construction, which often limits outside air ventilation, places new demands on building materials manufacturers. To enable architects, specifiers and facility administrators to identify carpet and adhesive products with very low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), CRI enhanced its well-established Green Label Indoor Air Quality Testing program. Green Label Plus once again sets the standard for indoor air quality and ensures that customers are purchasing the very lowest emitting products on the market. The new "plus" symbolizes the carpet industry's commitment to a better environment for living, working, learning and healing.
Oikos Product Directory
This database of green building products and materials is available in print or on-line. Extensive listings are updated frequently on-line and semiannually in print. is the global, independent database of ecolabels. An ecolabel is a logo that identifies a product or company that has met an environmentally preferable standard. Click on the link for more information on ecolabelling for green buildings, building products, and building services.
Green Building Products
Here's a comprehensive directory of green building products for home building and remodeling featuring more than 1,600 descriptive listings for products from agrifiber panels to zero-VOC paints. All phases of residential construction are covered, from sitework to flooring to renewable energy. Products are grouped by function, and each chapter begins with a discussion of key environmental considerations and what to look for in a green product.

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