Declare, the nutrition label for building products launched by the International Living Future Institute and the Living Building Challenge in October 2012, was recently featured in Architectural Record. In the article Made of the Right Stuff?, author Paula Melton explores the increasing industry demand for healthier products and materials, and the emerging tools available for product assessment.
Melton sums up Declare, explaining how its database allows manufacturers to, "voluntarily publish ingredients, sources, and manufacturing locations for their products. It can be used by anyone, but its current focus is on 'red-list-ready' products for projects pursuing Living Building Challenge certification. A red-list-ready product is one that contains no ingredients from the stringent rating system's hazard list, such as PVC and added formaldehyde. Ingredients and life-cycle information are also displayed on an at-a-glance product 'nutrition label.'"
Read the full article online.
Interested in declaring your product? visit the declareproducts.org to get started.