The 2030 Challenge for Products has been Adopted and Supported by a wide coalition of leading manufacturers, design firms, and experts. Collectively, they are working towards increasing awareness about the issue of embodied carbon, developing Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for building products, and using this information to make informed, low-carbon decisions. There are three groups: Manufacturer Adopters, Design Professional Adopters, and Supporters.
Interface is the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet and is committed
to the audacious goal of having zero environmental footprint. Interface leads in
developing carpet using materials and processes that take less from the environment.
Type 6 Nylon with GlasBac
Type 6 Nylon with GlasBacRE
Type 6,6 Nylon with GlasBac
Type 6,6 Nylon with GlasBacRE
Applegate is the largest privately owned cellulose insulation manufacturer in the world and supplies a variety of high performance insulation products throughout the United States. Their product, Cotton Armor, demonstrates a 54 percent smaller carbon footprint than similar insulation made from 100 percent fiberglass.
LCA: Cotton Armor
Armstrong Commercial Ceilings
Armstrong is a global leader in the design and manufacture of acoustical ceilings, walls and suspensions systems. Committed to reducing the environmental impact of their products, Armstrong has developed EPDs for nine of their ceiling panel families.
Central Concrete, a U.S. Concrete Company, has been serving the San Francisco Bay area for more than 60 years. The company is recognized for engineering higher-performing concrete compared to traditional concrete — delivering high early-strength, low shrinkage and superior permeability — with a significantly lower carbon footprint than standard ready-mix concretes.
EPDs for more than 1,400 mixes
CalStar Products, Inc. develops and manufactures sustainable building products that allow green architects and specifiers to dramatically reduce the energy and CO2 footprint of their projects and incorporate significant recycled materials, without compromising building performance or budgets. CalStar bricks and pavers incorporate 37% recycled content and, unlike clay, do not require firing. This innovative process cuts manufacturing energy by 81% and emits 84% less CO2 versus clay masonry.
Kingspan Insulated Panels - North America
Kingspan Insulated Panels North America is part of KingspanGroup
plc, the world’s largest manufacturer of insulated metal panels, and as such is committed to reducing the impact of its business operations, products and services
on the environment. Kingspan is committed to supplying energy efficient products for net-zero buildings, transparent environmental reporting, and achieving NetZero energy consumption in its facilities by 2020.
Insulated Metal Panels
Excel Dryer is the manufacturer of XLERATOR®, the original, patented high-speed energy efficient hand dryer. XLERATOR® completely dries hands three times faster (in 10-15 seconds) and uses 80% less energy than conventional hand dryers. XLERATOR® represents a 95% cost savings when compared to paper towels, eliminates their maintenance and waste, while creating a more hygienic restroom environment. XLERATOR® is the only dryer that is Made in USA Certified®, the first to be GreenSpec® listed and qualifies for several LEED® Credits. A peer reviewed (per ISO 14040 standards) Life Cycle Assessment of XLERATOR® confirmed it reduces the carbon footprint of hand drying by 50-70% when compared to both traditional hand dryers and even 100% recycled paper towels. XLERATOR® is now available with a full line of accessories featuring the only certified HEPA filtration system with a washable pre-filter for reliable performance and a longer life span, antimicrobial wall guards and the XChanger® paper towel dispenser retrofit kit. XLERATOR® helps commercial facilities save time, money and the environment.
LCA: The Xlerator Hand Dryer
USG offers a full range of ceiling products including families represented in the following EPDs. The products offer durable, long-lasting, high-acoustical performing ceiling panels manufactured utilizing a secondary industrial waste material as their base mat. This portfolio provides low and zero emitting VOC compliance, high recycled content, and collectively reduces the impact on the environment to contribute to lowering the carbon footprint of both products and buildings.
Frost™ Firecode®, Sandrift™ Firecode®, Glacier ™ Firecode® Ceilings
Frost™ ClimaPlus™, Sandrift™ ClimaPlus™, Bria™ ClimaPlus™ Ceilings
Glacier™, “F” Fissured™ Ceilings
Eclipse™ ClimaPlus™, Astro® ClimaPlus™ Ceilings
Mars ClimaPlus™ Ceilings
Millennia® ClimaPlus™ Ceilings
Olympia Micro™ ClimaPlus™ Ceilings
Radar™ Firecode®, Radar™ ClimaPlus™ High-NRC/High-CAC Ceilings
Radar™ ClimaPlus™ Ceilings
Radar™ ClimaPlus™ Open Plan Ceilings
Radar™ ClimaPlus™ High Durability, Radar™ ClimaPlus™ High-CAC Ceilings
ADOPTERS: DESIGN PROFESSIONALS
SERA Architects is a multi-discipline firm committed to sustainable design for the built environment. A 100% employee-owned design firm based in Portland, Oregon, SERA provides architecture, interior design, urban design & planning, and sustainability expertise to a range of government, private, and non-profit clients. SERA has a proud history creating successful, award-winning projects that strive for a sense of beauty, proportion, and specificity of place while maintaining functionality and durability over time.
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP
ZGF is a national practice with more than 450 professionals offering services in architecture, planning, urban design and interior design. The firm started in Portland, Oregon, and has grown to include offices in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York and Washington D.C. ZGF’s work represents a diverse portfolio of public and private projects in settings ranging from dense urban centers to university campuses and research institutions across the country. The firm’s approach is to capitalize on the unique qualities of each place to create buildings that respect the existing environment and strengthen or even heal the fabric of which they become a part.
Kenneth Klos, Architect, LLC
Kenneth Klos, Architect LLC provides full architectural services, from master plan and site selection assistance to design, contract documentation and construction administration. Kenneth Klos, Architect LLC is also a Certified Passive House Consultant, providing energy efficient design/construction.
Cannon Design is an Ideas Based Practice, ranked among the leading international firms in planning and design for healthcare, science & technology, education, sports & recreation, commercial and government clients. Cannon Design has developed Material Life, a design tool that enables project teams to assess and purposely select materials with lower embodied energy. This tool graphically compares construction systems and materials from "cradle-to-gate" in a format that empowers design teams to make deliberate choices focused on global energy-use reductions, and allows us to make choices for our projects that have a positive supply-chain and life-cycle impact.
Degenkolb Engineers is the country’s oldest earthquake engineering firm and is focused on healthcare, higher education, government, lifeline, energy, life science and high tech institutions in high seismic zones. With more than 170 employees, Degenkolb Engineers is a pioneer in displacement-based analysis, performance-based engineering, and protective systems for high seismic performance.
Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA)
Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) is an international award-winning design firm providing structural and civil engineering services worldwide. Founded in 1923, the firm has offices in Seattle, Chicago, Riyadh, and Shanghai. With enhanced expertise in structural, civil, seismic, and wind engineering, the firm is organized into specialty groups, bringing targeted knowledge and understanding of 16 facility types and 21 technical areas. MKA’s advanced approach consistently delivers safe, enduring, creative, cutting-edge designs.
Established in 1984, Studio Points continues the master architect tradition of practice as an exploration to create beautiful, functional, living built environments that sustain human endeavors. Studio Points is committed to changing outcome. Studio Points promotes the use of Environmental Product Declarations and strives to reduce the carbon footprint of all our work by choosing local and reclaimed products and promoting zero waste and on-site renewables.
BuildingGreen, Inc is an independent company committed to providing accurate, unbiased, and timely information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings. Through GreenSpec, users can find building products with disclosure information, including EPDs.
Products With EPDs in GreenSpec
2030 Challenge for Products Information Hub
Healthy Building Network
The Healthy Building Network (HBN) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to transform the market for building materials to advance the best environmental, health and social practices. HBN's Pharos Project (www.pharosproject.net) is an on-line materials evaluation tool that promotes these best practices by providing users with transparent and comprehensive information on the environmental and health impacts of building products and their chemical and material ingredients.
2030 Challenge for Products Information Hub
PatternMapping institute provides timely information and the means to use it with intelligence. Their Better Buildings Guide lists green building standards for 23 of the most common and impactful buildings products and aims to build momentum for widespread understanding of building products’ environmental impacts. PatternMapping institute supports and promotes the use of Environmental Product Declarations and encourages their community to adopt the 2030 Challenge for Products.
GreenWizard, Inc. is the leading software provider for the design and construction community, simplifying the process of managing green and sustainable construction projects. As a technology partner for the 2030 Challenge for Products, GreenWizard allows building product manufacturers to load HPD, EPDs, LCA and underlying sustainable attributes into its database. Users can then search products based on specific criteria relative to their project goals. GreenWizard combines product transparency with its Energy Reduction Calculator, LEED Online integration and project collaboration to deliver a comprehensive workflow tool.
Sphere E is an innovative web-tool that will enable building professionals to achieve highly efficient product evaluation, comparison and reporting. It will provide expert ranked, benchmarked and visualized LCA data on the environmental performance of products and services, developed with strategic partners PE INTERNATIONAL and Nemetschek BG. Sphere E will enable users to create custom reports useful with BIM tools, LEED applications, specification documents, CSR and sustainability reports, documenting how their product selection has reduced the building footprint and improved the ROI on a building project or portfolio.
Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute is a membership-based non-profit research collaborative bringing life cycle assessment (LCA) to the construction sector. An objective think tank, the Athena Institute is working with leading edge construction sector practitioners, product manufacturers and policy makers in partnership towards the next generation of green buildings.
Carbon Leadership Forum
The Carbon Leadership Forum is an industry-academic collaborative research effort hosted by the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. The CLF is working together to link the scientific rigor of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)/Carbon Accounting and industry best practices in order to help enable quantifiable reduction to the environmental impact of the built environment.
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Founded in 1930, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is the leading industry advocate for ready mixed concrete. The NRMCA provides exceptional value for its members by responsibly representing and serving the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion, education and partnering to ensure ready mixed concrete is the building material of choice. NRMCA is aslo an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program Operator to help concrete producers and concrete product suppliers meet new requirements in green building rating systems and initiatives.
NRMCA EPD Program
PE INTERNATIONAL is the global market leader in software solutions and services in the field of enterprise sustainability, life cycle assessment, and innovation. With more than 20 years of experience and 20 offices around the globe, PE INTERNATIONAL offers two leading software solutions - GaBi for product sustainability and SoFi for corporate and supply chain sustainability. Applied methods include implementing management systems, developing sustainability indicators, life cycle assessment (LCA), carbon footprint, design for environment (DfE) and environmental product declarations (EPD), technology benchmarking, or eco-efficiency analysis, emissions management, clean development mechanism projects and strategic CSR consulting.
Over 1500 companies and institutions worldwide put their trust in PE INTERNATIONAL’s consulting, software, and databases. Long-time clients include market leaders such as BASF, Herman Miller, Interface, ThyssenKrupp, ARUP and Johnson Controls. PE INTERNATIONAL works extensively in the building and construction industry with raw material suppliers, manufacturers, architects, designers, contractors, owners and operators. This value-chain view allows for seamless development and delivery of transparent information via product and building life cycle assessment, product declarations and supplier engagement programs.
Market Transformation to Sustainability
MTS dedicates its entire operation to raising awareness of the positive impact that manufacturing, promoting, and purchasing sustainable product choices has on every aspect of our daily lives. MTS manages the SMaRT© Sustainable Product Standard, a comprehensive, transparent, consensus-based sustainable product standard that measures a product’s environmental, economic and social benefits over its life cycle and throughout its global supply chain, from raw materials extraction through reclamation or re-use.
EcoSpex™ is a transformative online platform for the verification, documentation, specification and knowledge of sustainable construction materials. The first tool and resource of its kind in North America, EcoSpex is poised to become the leading ‘go-to’ site for green building materials, best practices, and market intelligence.