Emerald Partners

 
Mohawk Group

For Mohawk Group and its four brands - Karastan, Lees, Bigelow and Durkan - sustainability is an ecological imperative, and transparency is the keystone of the company's initiatives. Mohawk Group is leading the entire flooring industry with the largest and most varied selection of products that have associated Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and Declare labels. Mohawk is the catalyst for this transformation in the flooring industry, and is is initiating a new discussion with leaders in the architectural and design communities, as well as the construction industry, that places an emphasis on human and environmental health as a major consideration in product design and selection.

 
SmithGroupJJR

SmithGroupJJR is a leader in innovative strategies for resource efficiency and continues to raise the bar by adopting rigorous energy and sustainability standards such as LEED and Architecture 2030 Challenge. With services and strategies that cover everything from carbon-neutral buildings to renewable energy, SmithGroupJJR contributes thoughtful, sustainable design to each of its building projects.

Strategic Partnerships

 
GreenCE

GreenCE is the #1 resource for design professionals to learn about sustainable design, conservation, and the LEED rating system. GreenCE's mission is to educate design professionals about the environmental, economic, and social benefits of sustainable design.

 
Elixir Environmental

Elixir Environmental works exclusively with building product manufacturers to develop Health Product Declarations (HPD), Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and Life Cycle Assessments (LCA). These documents offer manufacturers an unsurpassed level of transparency, that can validate claims of a product's environmental performance, and can increase the chances of product specification for LEED projects.

 
Ron Blank & Associates

Ron Blank & Associates, Inc. and its affiliates are leading providers of continuing education for building design professionals, through online courses, Lunch & Learns, webinars, and CE Academies. RBA physically meets with architects, engineers, interior designers, and other design professionals in over 50 different markets across the U.S. every year through our architectural specification program.

RBA is an AIA Cornerstone Partner and winner of the AIA's Continuing Education Award For Excellence in 2002 and 2008. Since 1985, RBA has helped bridge the gap between building product manufacturers and design professionals.

 
CE Academy

Are you a design professional or spec writer in need of CE LU's to maintain your AIA membership or state license? CE Academy, Inc. organizes 4 - 8 hours of continuing education in a seminar format so you can earn multiple LU's at one time. The courses are educational in content, AIA registered and are HSW. CE Academy, Inc. will manage the reporting of your credits to the AIA and email you a certificate of completion after the event.

 
Cradle to Cradle Certification

Cradle to Cradle Certification is a multi-attribute eco-label administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute™ that assesses a product's safety to humans and the environment and design for future life cycles. The certification program takes a comprehensive approach to evaluating the sustainability of a product and its manufacturing processes in five categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy use, water stewardship, and social responsibility. Based on the achievement across these categories, a product can be certified at four levels: Basic, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM is a certification mark licensed by Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute™

 
HPD Collaborative

The Health Product Declaration Collaborative is a customer-led organization committed to the continuous improvement of the building industry's performance through transparency, openness and innovation in the product supply chain. The Health Product Declaration Collaborative created and supports the Health Product Declaration (HPD), an impartial tool for the accurate reporting of product contents and each ingredient's relationship to the bigger picture of human and ecological health. The HPD objectively defines the critical information needed to support accurate supply chain disclosure by manufacturers and suppliers, and informed decisions by building designers, specifiers, owners, and users.

 
International Living Future Institute (ILFI)

The International Living Future Institute is a hub for visionary programs. By integrating ILFI's Declare program into GreenWizard's Product Management capabilities, ILFI and GreenWizard will promote greater transparency and accountability in the materials marketplace by creating tools and presenting building product data for a greener built environment.

 
SCS Global Services

SCS Global Services is a leader in third-party sustainability certification and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), helping companies innovate in green building through multiple certification programs, including indoor air quality, recycled content, FSC, BIFMA level, EPDs and HPDs, and more.

Industry Groups

 
U.S. Green Building Council

GreenWizard is a proud member of the US Green Building Council and sponsor of the South Carolina Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

 
Architecture 2030

Architecture 2030, a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization, was established in response to the climate change crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. 2030's mission is to rapidly transform the U.S. and global Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption, and economic crises. Their goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.

 
2030 Challenge for Products

Architecture 2030, a nonprofit, non-partisan and independent organization, was established in response to the climate change crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. 2030's goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed. The 2030 Challenge for Products calls on the global architecture, planning, design and building community to specify, design and manufacture products that will meet a carbon footprint of 30% below the product average through 2014 - then incrementally improving this reduction to 50% by 2030.

GreenWizard has been selected as the technology partner for the 2030 Challenge for Products and will gather and post product carbon data, while enabling direct specification of products that can help meet the goals.

To learn more about the 2030 Challenge for Products, visit http://architecture2030.org/, or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

 
Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF)

The Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) is an industry-academic research effort of the University of Washington focused on bringing the data and methods of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to design and construction practice. Recent efforts include leading the development of North American Product Category Rules for Concrete to enable comparable reporting of the environmental footprint (EPDs) of different concrete mix design and testing whole building LCA methods and tools.

 
International Code Council

The International Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe, sustainable and affordable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) is the first model code to include sustainability measures for the entire construction project and its site � from design through construction, certificate of occupancy and beyond. The new code is expected to make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare. GreenWizard and ICC are working to create a web-based Product Management Workflow� to deliver relevant building product information, data, and documentation as it relates to IgCC, and to help drive adoption of IgCC�s code-based green building standards.

 
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national association dedicated to improving the documentation, management and communication of building information as used by the construction community. CSI accomplishes its mission in part through the development and promulgation of construction standards and formats, as well as training and certification programs.

Members of CSI can receive a free GreenWizard account, with access to detailed product information provided by the top manufacturers. In addition, CSI members also enjoy a 10% discount on paid GreenWizard subscriptions.

 
BIFMA

BIFMA is the not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers. Since 1973, BIFMA's role has been to sponsor the development and refining of current and future standards, educate on their importance and application, and translate their necessary complexity into more easily understood and implemented formats. BIFMA also monitors the state of the industry, serves as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration, interacts with international counterparts, and advocates for regulatory conditions that foster value and innovation.

 
Athena Sustainable Materials Institute

The Athena Institute is a non-profit research collaborative and the North American leader in bringing the quantified environmental footprint science of Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) to the built environment. Together, GreenWizard and Athena help to make LCA reports and documentation (such as Environmental Product Declarations, or EPDs) more accessible to product specifiers, helping to bridge the product information gap between construction professionals and building product manufacturers.

 
Energy Star®

GreenWizard is proud to partner with ENERGY STAR® to promote energy efficient products and practices that save money and protect our environment. ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

 
MBDC (MCDONOUGH BRAUNGART DESIGN CHEMISTRY)

MBDC is a global consulting and certification firm that helps clients leave a positive footprint on the planet by implementing Cradle to Cradle® design principles. This framework is outlined in the book Cradle to Cradle - Remaking the Way We Make Things written by architect/designer William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart. Cradle to Cradle® design involves the use of safe, nontoxic materials that can be disassembled and recycled as technical nutrients or composted as biological nutrients. MBDC is the leading service provider for Cradle to Cradle Certification. MBDC also provides consulting services to help clients integrate the larger Cradle to Cradle® design framework to optimize material health, product life cycles, organizational operations, strategy, decision-making and communications. Cradle to Cradle® is a registered trademark of MBDC, LLC.

Certifications / Labels / Declarations

 
level®

level® is the multi-attribute, sustainability standard and third-party certification program for the furniture industry. It was created to deliver an open and holistic means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment. Taking into account a company's social actions, energy usage, material selection, human and ecosystem health, and numerous other impacts, level addresses how a product is sustainable from multiple perspectives.

 
Declare

Declare is a 'nutrition-label' for building materials that aims to transform the marketplace through transparency and open communication. Declare was created to provide product ingredient and source location information in support of the Living Building Challenge materials requirements, but is relevant to all parties seeking information on product health and ecological impact.

 
GreenCircle Certified, LLC.

GreenCircle Certified, LLC provides internationally recognized third-party certification of sustainable product and environmental manufacturing claims. GreenCircle's rigorous evaluation process provides trusted transparency that a manufacturer's product claims are authentic. In today's discerning market, third-party certification is a valuable asset in establishing brand integrity and developing consumer confidence. GreenCircle offers seven certifications including: Closed-Loop, Carbon Footprint Reduction, Recycled Content, Sustainable Manufacturing Practices, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Optimized, Renewable Energy Use, and Rapidly Renewable Resource Content. These certifications are validated based on the most current internationally recognized standards and regulations. For more information, please visit www.greencirclecertified.com or call 610-569-1045.

 
FSC

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) rigorously protects forests through high certification standards. Since 1993, FSC has applied the power of the marketplace to encourage environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. FSC sets forth principles and criteria that span economic, social, and environmental concerns, and today FSC standards represent the world's strongest system for guiding forest management toward sustainable outcomes. FSC's standards protect water quality, prohibit highly hazardous chemicals, protect rare old-growth forests and prevent loss of natural forest cover. Across North America, 135 million acres of forest and nearly 4,000 chain-of-custody businesses are certified to FSC's standards. Its U.S. chapter, FSC-US, was established to coordinate the development of national forest management standards, to administer market support to companies that manufacture and sell FSC-certified forest products, and to provide public education about the importance and value of forest stewardship. More info at www.fscus.org. (© 1996 FSC FSC-US-0177)

 
MTS

MTS is dedicated to raising awareness of the positive impact that manufacturing, promoting, and purchasing sustainable product choices has on every aspect of our daily lives. The goal of MTS it to achieve 90% sustainable products market penetration by the year 2015.

 
SMaRT

GreenWizard promotes the SMaRT consensus sustainable product standard and SMaRT Certified Products through the MTS business alliance. The SMaRT standard provides substantial global benefits for the world's products through environmental, social, and economic criteria which promote sustainability, business benefits, social equity, reuse, and climate pollution reductions.

 
Green Seal

Green Seal, an independent non-profit organization, was founded in 1989 with the mission of safeguarding human health and the environment. Green Seal is a science-based standard development and certification body that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. Products and service only become Green Seal-certified after rigorous testing and evaluations, including on-site audits.

 
EcoLogo

EcoLogoTM is North America's largest, most respected environmental standard and certification mark. EcoLogo provides customers - public, corporate and consumer - with assurance that the products and services bearing the logo meet stringent standards of environmental leadership. With THOUSANDS of EcoLogo Certified products, EcoLogo certifies environmental leaders covering a large variety of categories, helping you find and trust the world's most sustainable products.

 
GreenFormat

GreenFormat is an information organizing tool developed by members of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) to communicate the sustainability features of building materials, products and systems. GreenFormat addresses the information needs of numerous stakeholders in the construction industry including design professionals, suppliers, and other influencers including building owners, constructors and regulators.