I promised participants at my GreenBuild session (Nutrition Labels for Products: Taking control of deciding what is green for you) a list of the efforts to bring clarity - through summaries, comparison tables, databases, whatnot - to the plethora of green building product certifications out there. I should have done this in the session, but here it is now: Building Products only:
- Behind the Logos: Understanding Green Product Certifications, from EBN in January 2008
- GreenStandard's EcoLibraryTM Matrix provides one quick-view
- Green Building Alliance's Green Product Labeling Grid provides another
- PharosWiki's Labels and Standards portal has a great in-depth analysis of IAQ and other standards – using the Pharos Lens as an analysis tool – but not a quick 'comprehensive' summary like the two above
- Ecolabeling's wiki-like database of now 301 labels across the board. It's a bit clunky, and not made for comparison, but it exists, and they're open to suggestions
- Consumer Reports Eco-labels center from their greenerchoices.org website provides a consumer reports take on things, but they don't really cover building products (other than wood). I haven't made up my mind whether we should try to convince them they should – or not.
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posted by acksolarsolutions
You simplified PV to much. Inverters and panels can stop working so there is maintenance. Also you lose a lot of those electrons moving though...
posted by buildingshelter
Does anyone have experience with the Matrix by NTI?