Today, leading manufacturer of commercial architectural products Construction Specialties (C/S), and leading design firm Perkins+Will, revealed the industry's first building product transparency label detailing the complete make-up of a product, highlighting critical lifecycle information and potential human health impacts. This intensive effort, launched at Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto, Canada, is a collaborative step toward market transformation through increased disclosure on the part of building product manufacturers.
C/S and Perkins+Will identified the industry need for such a product label based on the belief that chemicals generally harmful to humans, animals, and the environment should be avoided in building products when there are reasonable alternatives. To that end, the team sought to create a means to allow people to make informed decisions when they fabricate, specify, install, use and dispose of building products.
Designed to make environmental and health disclosure easier for any manufacturer who chooses to adopt the template, the label offers a forthright declaration of the make-up of a product and its potential impacts in multiple formats. Attendees at the Greenbuild conference in Toronto can view the label affixed to C/S' MBDC Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Entrance Flooring product PediTred