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‘Nutrition label’ for building products launches

Product labelling system aims to raise awareness of ecological building products

Developed by the International Living Future Institute, the labelling system provides specifiers with a clear way of comparing products, helping architects and engineers to make the right decisions when designing buildings.

It recognises those manufacturers who are innovating and moving forward in creating ecological projects.

The development has come about, as the institute believes that ‘the amount of greenwash in the industry is impeding the progress of sustainable materials’. The Declare label aims to help shed a light on more eco-products.

The Declare label communicates where the product has come from, what the product is made of, and where it will go at the end of its life.

Amanda Sturgeon of the International Living Future Institute said: ‘Toxic chemicals and compounds are pervasive in building products, endangering human health and the resilience of our ecosystems. They not only harm building occupants, they cause damage all along their lifecycle. Despite a growing mountain of research demonstrating the detrimental impact of toxic building materials and increasing public awareness of this fact, change has been slow.’

Launched last week, the product database contains rammed earth walls, plywood kitchen and bathroom cabinets, timber ceiling panels, and a green roof system.

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