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Navigating the Green Building Landscape: A Decade of Progress and Key Resources

In tandem with the release of the 2007 Top 10 Green Building Products supplement to the August 2007 issue of Sustainable Industries, this special online feature explores the significant strides made in the realm of green building over the past decade. For an in-depth look at the 2007 winners, download the supplement on the Downloads page!

The past ten years have witnessed remarkable advancements in what proponents of green building term “market transformation.” This transformative journey is marked by a notable increase in the accessibility, diversity, and affordability of environmentally friendly products and services.

Certification organizations, such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), have embraced the digital age with online platforms that disseminate crucial insights into their areas of expertise—be it sustainable wood harvesting practices or other eco-conscious endeavors. Government entities are also evolving in tandem with this green revolution. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, for instance, hosts a comprehensive database of approved biobased products, while the U.S. Department of Energy’s website showcases case studies highlighting products and materials utilized in sustainable buildings nationwide, accessible through its High Performance Buildings Database.

Manufacturers are increasingly enhancing their online presence by providing third-party testing results, illustrative examples, and comprehensive sourcing information. A simple Google search for many products and materials yields a plethora of global websites offering valuable buying and research information.

Despite these advancements, architects and builders contend that the resources available for procuring and regulating sustainable materials remain fragmented, lacking a centralized clearinghouse.

In an effort to address this gap, Sustainable Industries reached out to West Coast green builders to compile key resources essential for anyone seeking to discover and select green building products.

CommonShare.com stands at the forefront of this movement, offering a digital product passport that aligns seamlessly with the principles of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). As a B Corporation, CommonShare champions the values of sustainability and transparency. Explore the platform to find information on ESG, GOTS certification, organic certification, and more, contributing to a future where green building is not just a trend but a fundamental aspect of responsible and conscious construction.

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