The LEED Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.
There are several LEED rating systems: LEED-NC (New Construction), LEED-EB (Existing Buildings), LEED-CI (Commercial Interiors), and LEED Home (Residential Construction).
- MRc4 - Recycled Content
- MRc6- Rapidly Renewable Materials
- MRc7- Certified Wood
- EQc4.4 - Low-Emitting Materials/Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
- US Green Building Website: www.usgbc.org
- USGBC LEED Reference Guides
- WFRG products that contribute toward LEED credits
Green Globes is an online building and management tool that lets designers, property owners and managers assess the environmental impacts of building practices. Using a confidential questionnaire, it generates an audit report that helps to design buildings that will be energy and resource efficient, will achieve operational savings and be healthier to work or live in.
- E.1 – Materials with low environmental impact
- E.2 – Minimize consumption and depletion of materials resources
The mission of the Green Building Initiative™ is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction.
GBI has been working with local homebuilder associations across the country to develop locally-relevant green building programs. It provides guidelines for building green while also honoring Green Globes as its primary standard.
- Green Building Initiative Website: www.thegbi.org
BEES measures the environmental performance of building products by using the life-cycle assessment approach specified in the ISO 14040 series of standards. All stages in the life of a product are analyzed: raw material acquisition, manufacture, transportation, installation, use, and waste management. BEES software brings to your fingertips a powerful technique for selecting cost-effective, environmentally-preferable building products. Aimed at architects, builders, and product manufacturers, this tool is based on consensus standards and designed to be practical, flexible, and transparent.
- BEES Website: http://www.bfrl.nist.gov/oae/software/bees.html
There are many state-level Green Building Programs being developed throughout the country. Some of the most established are listed below.
Build It Green is a professional non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy and resource-efficient buildings in California. Supported by a solid foundation of outreach and education, Build It Green connects consumers and building professionals with the tools and technical expertise they need to build quality green buildings. Build It Green offers concise Green Building Guidelines as well as utilizing Green Points, a rating system for assessing environmentally friendly homes.
The following Green Points are relevant to products offered by WFRG:
Residential construction - Material Resource Efficiency, Flooring:
- FSC-Certified or Reclaimed Wood
- Rapidly Renewable Flooring Materials
- Recycled/Salvage Content
Commercial construction – Build It Green follows the Guidelines and Rating Systems based on LEED standards.
Introduced in 1995, Built Green Colorado is a voluntary program whose purpose is to encourage homebuilders to use technologies, products and practices that will provide greater energy efficiency and healthier indoor air, reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.
The following Built Green points are relevant to products offered by WFRG.
Material Resource Efficiency – Flooring:
- Feature 166 - Reused/recovered or re-milled sources
- Feature 168 - Third-party certified sustainably harvested sources
- Feature 169 - Bamboo or cork flooring in place of hardwood
- Built Green, Colorado Website: www.BuiltGreen.org
Built Green Washington is a cooperative of Washington’s regional green home building programs. Built Green helps home builders and home buyers get the information needed to build and buy green. Most Built Green programs in Washington use a checklist that offers builders a menu of green building strategies with point values attributed to them.
- Built Green, Washington Website: www.BuiltGreenWashington.org
Over the past decade, Earth Advantage has transformed itself from a utility-based conservation program to a free standing non-profit that administers Oregon's premiere residential green building program. Earth Advantage works with builders and developers to bring energy efficient, sustainable, and healthy homes to the market.
Wood flooring products offered by WFRG can contribute to the following point in the Earth Advantage Points Worksheet:
- 4.4 Floor Framing and Insulation
- 4.4.4 FSC Certified Wood: Materials for floor assembly
- Earth Advantage Website: www.EarthAdvantage.org