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ICC Launches Sustainability Verification for Products

A voluntary program, SAVE allows manufacturers to submit products for evaluation by ICC-ES. The evaluation is based on sustainability attributes in several categories: recycled content; biobased content; solar reflectance and thermal emittance of roofing; regional manufacturing; volatile organic compound (VOC) content and emissions for paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, and floorcoverings; formaldehyde emissions; and certified wood content. The evaluation will include verification of appropriate documentation, inspection of production processes, and independent product testing when appropriate.

Products that are successful under the evaluation receive a Verification of Attributes Report and the ability to use a SAVE trademark in their marketing and packaging. Inspection officials, such as those checking for compliance with green building rating systems, can then use an identification number carried with that trademark to reference the report and verify that relevant attributes are present.

Published November 24, 2008