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Watch this brief (and delightful!) video to learn about our green product listings.

BuildingGreen Approved, like its predecessor, GreenSpec, is an independent product evaluation service for BuildingGreen members. We offer an unbiased look at products: BuildingGreen does not accept any manufacturer fees for our evaluations. Here’s a quick tour of the platform and how to use it.

  1. Using BuildingGreen product category guides
  2. Viewing a collection on Designer Pages
  3. Product pages on Designer Pages
  4. Browsing collections on Designer Pages
  5. Navigating collections
  6. Navigating by product category
  7. Viewing a product category

1. Using BuildingGreen product guides

Our editors have prepared more than 160 easy-reference guides to choosing green products, divided by category. Just scroll above and choose a product category.

For example, click on “Flooring & Floorcoverings” and then on the “Modular Carpet” product guide. Note the following features:

  • Detailed guidance on what makes a modular carpet product green
  • A link to our modular carpet Collection of BuildingGreen Approved products
  • More BuildingGreen articles on the topic

When you click “Find Products in this Category” you will be taken to Designer Pages. If this is the first time you have accessed Designer Pages, you will be taken through a registration process.

Screen capture of Modular Carpet product guide

2. Viewing a collection on Designer Pages

Clicking on the “See related category on Designer Pages” link will take you to the corresponding Collection on Designer Pages. On a Collection page you can:

  • Read a brief description of how we picked products for it
  • Click through to BuildingGreen.com for guidance on the product category
  • View specific products for more detailed information
  • Use list or grid views to see products
  • Sort products based on product name, company name, CSI section, recently edited, and recently saved

Screen capture of a Designer Pages collection

Screen capture of Designer Pages list view

3. Product pages on Designer Pages

Here’s an example of a product page on Designer Pages, with BuildingGreen’s guidance included. Note the following features:

  • The BuildingGreen Approved logo with the product name
  • BuildingGreen’s guidance about the product and why it’s green
  • A note that the product has been added to the “Blown Insulation” Collection. Clicking on that Collection title will bring you more similar products, and information on BuildingGreen’s criteria for that product category.

Note: “Monarch” is a sample firm name. When using Designer Pages, your firm or company name will be displayed instead.

Screen capture of a product on Designer Pages

4. Browsing collections on Designer Pages

To find Collections from the Designer Pages homepage, click on Collections in the drop-down menu, or in the menu in the right sidebar.

When not on the homepage, use the drop-down menu to find Collections.

Note: “Monarch” is a sample firm name. When using Designer Pages, your firm or company name will be displayed instead.

Closeup of drop-down menu

Screen capture of Designer Pages home page

5. Navigating collections

On the Collections page, you can create your own product collections here in addition to accessing “BuildingGreen Collections” containing BuildingGreen Approved products and guidance.

You can search for specific Collections, or use the Classification drop-down to find Collections of specific types, including Green, Ungreen, and LEED.

Note: “Monarch” is a sample firm name. When using Designer Pages, your firm or company name will be displayed instead.

Screen capture of Designer Pages collections page

6. Navigating by product category

Another way to navigate products on Designer Pages is to use the product category menu.

Please note that this menu does not include all product categories—only those with a high number of products. You can also use the search bar to find products and product categories.

Note: “Monarch” is a sample firm name. When using Designer Pages, your firm or company name will be displayed instead.

Screen capture of Designer Pages category menu

7. Viewing a product category

We’ve selected Modular Carpet as a product category to view in more detail.

Note the BuildingGreen Approved filter in the upper right, and other filters in the right sidebar that are “off” in this view. In this view we are looking at all 1,938 modular carpet products that appear in Designer Pages.

Note: “Monarch” is a sample firm name. When using Designer Pages, your firm or company name will be displayed instead.

Screen capture of Designer Pages category

You can turn the BuildingGreen Approved filter on to see only products that meet our criteria, according to our product guidance.

You can use the transparency filters to narrow your search based on other criteria. For information on how each of these filters work, please see this FAQ.

Screen capture of BuildingGreen filter

We appreciate your trust in our product guidance! Please feel free to contact us with any questions we haven't answered here or on our FAQ.