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* Building with ingredients we know are hazardous
potentially increases future remediation costs.
Project teams can choose a different path, opting
to select and procure products while applying
the precautionary principle: if in doubt, avoid
chemicals of concern whenever possible. We know
how to build energy efficient buildings. It is now
time for us to employ a healthy materials filter in
selecting the products that make up our buildings.

their products and use the marketplace to reward
those manufacturers that do so. We should begin
with the premise that product users have a right to
know what they are buying and that manufacturers
should not withhold ingredient names as proprietary.
Our third step, once the full list of ingredients is
known, is to screen those ingredients against any
number of lists: LBC Red List, EPA Chemicals of
Concern, Green Policy Research Institute's Six Classes

WILLIAMS COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER.
CREDIT: NICK NOYES

Products and building materials have health
impacts in the communities where they are
produced, on the workers who install them, on the
occupants who use the building and on the planet
in terms of what happens to the product at the
end of its first life. The question is how best to
proceed in minimizing the burden on these three
constituents: factory communities, trades persons
and installers, and occupants?
The short answer is that right now, it is not
easy. Product manufacturers are not used to being
asked what goes into their products and supply
chains for the various components that make up
any given product are complex and opaque. But we
need to start somewhere.
The first step is demanding transparency when it
comes to the ingredients that go into a product. We
then need to guide our material selection using the
precautionary principle. We should require proof of
safety first, rather than the current paradigm, which
waits until proof of harm before action is taken.
Health Product Declarations (HPDs) can provide a
starting point for useful ingredient information, but
may offer inadequate disclosure for LBC. An HPD
usually requires follow up with the manufacturer;
other "green" documents supply comparable
information, but often feature similar gaps.
Our next step is to urge product manufacturers
to be transparent with the materials that go into

TIPS FOR STRENGTHENING
YOUR SPECIFICATIONS

1. Provide specific products.
Do not rely on performance
language. Material transparency
is a murky world. Don't put the
burden on your contractor to
become a materials expert.
2. Pick your spots. Focus on the
products the occupants come
in contact with the most. Start
with one division (e.g., Finish
- Division 09) and develop a
strong specification filled with
durable, healthy products. Don't
try to do everything at once.
3. Select Declare labeled
products (www.living-future.
org/declare). The Declare
label answers three essential
questions: Where does it come
from? What is it made of? Where
does it go at the end of its life?

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018

From the Executive Director
From the Board Chair
Product Choices for High-Performing Building: Materials Matter
Designing Solar for High-Density Areas
High Performance Building Valuation Techniques
Starting with the End in Mind: Enhanced Turnover for Efficient Building Operations
Behavior Based Strategies and Organizational Change in Commercial & Public Buildings: The Human Component of Energy Efficiency
Commercial HVAC Retrofits That Work
Stretch Codes Emerge as a High Impact Strategy For Energy Savings
Scale it Up: Monitoring-Based Demand-Side Operations for NYC Agencies
The Retrofit Revolution
Index to Advertisers
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - intro
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - cover1
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - cover2
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 3
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 4
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 5
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - From the Executive Director
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 7
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 8
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 9
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - From the Board Chair
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 11
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Product Choices for High-Performing Building: Materials Matter
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BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Designing Solar for High-Density Areas
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BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 21
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - High Performance Building Valuation Techniques
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BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 24
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 25
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Starting with the End in Mind: Enhanced Turnover for Efficient Building Operations
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BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 28
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 29
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 30
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Behavior Based Strategies and Organizational Change in Commercial & Public Buildings: The Human Component of Energy Efficiency
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 32
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 33
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 34
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 35
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Commercial HVAC Retrofits That Work
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BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 38
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 39
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 40
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Stretch Codes Emerge as a High Impact Strategy For Energy Savings
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BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 43
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 44
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Scale it Up: Monitoring-Based Demand-Side Operations for NYC Agencies
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BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 47
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 48
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 49
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - 50
BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - The Retrofit Revolution
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BUILDING ENERGY - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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