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Hive mind,

We recently learned that 3M has discontinued the production of their 3M Daylight Redirecting Film ( This product was selected by an architecture client last year as the optimal daylight/glare control strategy for a school project, and we're assisting... Read more

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Revise the opening sentence of section a) of Option 1. Integrative Project Team to the following:

"Include team members whose capabilities include at least three of the following skill sets:"

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Check out this new executive order. It is broad and includes a lot of items, but of interest to this group, there are some things in here that we pointed towards in our letter back from the beginning of the year, including 24/7 carbon-free electrical energy, a net-zero emissions portfolio by 2045 and net zero emissions from procurement... Read more

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In the last bullet, change the word Silver to Bronze.

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We have a project that is looking for plaster/stucco/textured wall products that are sustainable, or “more sustainable.”

I know these products exist, but I haven’t had to spec or work with any, so I’m reaching out.

The project is in MA, so I'm also soliciting recommendations for products and/or companies who are experienced using... Read more

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Hello Sustainable Design Leaders!

Here at BuildingGreen we are excited and looking forward to creating a valuable and engaging online summit with you all for 2020!

You can Register HERE as well as review important information.

The Summit will happen throughout the week of July 13. The specific meeting times are: 

3:... Read more


Welcome to the quiz portion of Getting Flame Retardants Out of Foam Insulation.

Learning Objectives
Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:


1. Summarize why and how flame retardants are used in foam insulation.
2. Elucidate the case for taking the chemicals out of foam insulation.
3.... Read more

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Hi folks, we have a client who is interested in good precedents for measuring wellness. A little background: the project is a student health and wellness building, and what we'd typically measure (healthcare visits, staff absenteeism, etc) are pretty disease focused. We'd like to put in place systems for measuring positive things, like how many... Read more

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It’s here! By popular demand we’re re-running the SDL Salary Survey that we last ran in 2015. 

This is for people who are currently in an SD Leader role at a firm. We’re sending this invitation out on both the Green Gurus and the SD Leaders forums, because some of you are still in transition and haven’t moved into the SD Leader forum yet... Read more

Credit - Rating System Correction

In the first line of the first paragraph, replace the word "buildings" with "tenant space" so the text becomes "...calculated for the tenant space (not..."

Product Guide

Metal roofs can also provide high solar reflectance, minimizing a building’s contribution to the urban heat island effect. 


Materials and finishes recognized by Energy Star maintain solar reflectance levels after three years of use of 50% for low-slope and 15% for steep-slope. Some unpainted metals and many... Read more

Credit - Rating System Correction

At the end of the paragraph, add the following text:Mineral-based finish flooring products such as tile, masonry, terrazzo, andcut stone without integral organic-based coatings and sealants andunfinished/untreated solid wood flooring qualify for credit without any IAQtesting requirements. However, associated site-applied adhesives, grouts,... Read more

Peer Networks


Announcing Sustainability Leaders Week: 2021 Summit-Palooza

Join us for a week of networking, sharing, and problem-solving! During the week of February 22–26, 2021 you can connect with sustainability leaders within your discipline as well as across the Peer Networks. We’ll create a space for you to offer support, exchange ideas and... Read more

Credit - Rating System Correction

In the last sentence of the rating system language, replace Environmental Choice with UL Ecolabel so it reads:

For projects outside the U.S., any Type 1 eco-labeling program as defined by ISO 14024: 1999 developed by a member of the Global Ecolabelling Network may be used in lieu of Green Seal or UL Ecolabel standards.

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Has anyone come across a rating system 'crosswalk' infographic?

Cheers, Mona

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Hi folks,

There was a lot of interest on the call yesterday in the article that Kim showed from a host of leading IAQ experts. I was not able to find a legal way to get a copy that we can share, so if you want it I think it would be appropriate to either pay the $30 for the article (one-day access ??) or $79 for a one-year AAAS... Read more

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Call for Reviewers and Call for Proposals now out.  If you're not planning on submitting a proposal to present, please consider volunteering as a reviewer, subject matter expert or member of the Program Working Group.  The quality of the education program is directly proportional to the people who select it!  

See many of you in Alabama... Read more

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Hi. I'm Dan Piselli, the new Director of Sustainability at FXCollaborative. You all may know my predecessor Ilana Judah - she and I worked together closely for many years, and I can only hope to emulate her success.

FYI, a few things about me: I've been a project architect and manager for a number of LEED projects, most recently the... Read more