|Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design- Green Building Rating System of the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures.|
|Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Home Insulation, Roof Products, Windows, Doors, & Skylights.|
|Forest Stewardship Council is an international accrediting organization that has developed a set of Principles and Criteria for forest management. There are 10 Principles and 57 Criteria that address legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts surrounding forest management. They certify wood harvested from well-managed forests and wood products made from FSC certified wood.|
|Green Seal is an independent certifier. Hundreds of products and services from major companies have been certified to meet Green Seal standards, and the number of major product categories covered by standards has increased to more than 40.|
|Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI) is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the Greengaurd Certification Program. As an ANSI Authorized Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for indoor products, environments, and buildings. The Greenguard Certification Program is an industry-independent, third-party testing program for low-emitting products and materials.|
|EPA's DfE logo- means that the DfE scientific review team has screened each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and that—based on currently available information and EPA predictive models—the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.|
|Scientific Certification Systems. Current certified products include office furniture systems, components, and seating, building materials, carpet and rug, hard surface flooring, paints, finishes, wood products, and cleaning products, among others.|
|RESNET Ratings provides a relative energy use index called the HERS® Index – a HERS Index of 100 represents the energy use of the “American Standard Building” and an Index of 0 (zero) indicates that the Proposed Building uses no net purchased energy (a Zero Energy Building).|
|Green Building Conference held by McGraw-Hill Construction.|
|Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo
|A ton of CO2 is emitted in the production of every ton of cement.
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Recent Art Blog Posts
Decommissioned and ready for reuse as art.
A small sampling of painters who have been inspired by seeds...
The intricacy and diversity of the seed.
Yao Lu an emerging Chinese artist digitally reworks photos of garbage into traditional Chinese landscape paintings.
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a journey into the soul of humanity and a testimony of the damage inflicted by humans on the natural world...
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