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Building Green

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Old Mission Windows is committed to being wise stewards of all of our resources. Green building is one of the best ways to do this.The future of our industry is moving toward sustainable building , and Green practices.This can be done in a customer friendly, and cost effective way if we are prepared for it. Lets take a look at what is meant by Green building and how is it measured.

Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources — energy, water, and materials — while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building's lifecycle, through better sitting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.

What are Eco-Labels? 
Environmental or eco - labels are any printed label on a package or product that provides environmental information regarding some attribute of the product from its life cycle (from resource extraction to final disposal) including attributes such as recycled content, reduced packaging, non-toxic, etc.

Good, meaningful labels must be substantiated to avoid false claims or “green-washing”, which is designed to confuse the buyer. An example of a good, meaningful seal is that of the Green Seal organization. “Cruelty free” is an example of a label that is not meaningful; it has no certifying organization or criteria behind it and there is no check system to verify the claim.


Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the purpose of EnergyStar is to rate the energy efficiency of electrical products and label the products that exceed U.S. energy efficiency standards to help consumers identify and purchase energy efficient products. Labeled products represent the top 25% most energy efficient products on the market.

Approved products include computer CPU’s, monitors, printers, copiers, fax machines and controlling devices, as well as lighting, appliances, windows and many other products. For more information, energy saving advice and a database of approved products visit or call the toll-free hotline at 1-888-Star-Yes.

Buildings & Building Supplies

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based set of national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. It was created to define "green building" by establishing a common standard of measurement; promote integrated, whole-building design practices; recognize environmental leadership in the building industry; stimulate green competition; raise consumer awareness of the benefits of green building; and to transform the building market. It provides expertise in green building through project certification, professional accreditation, training and practical resources.

The standards, which are open to public scrutiny, are developed by members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), representing all segments of the building industry, who continue to contribute to LEED’s evolution. Credits are earned for satisfying specific criterion. Different levels of certification are awarded based on the total number of credits earned (platinum, gold, silver, bronze or certified).

Currently, LEED standards exist for: new construction and major renovation projects, existing building operations, and commercial interiors projects. These standards rate only commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings.

LEED is based on credible scientific standards and emphasizes cutting edge strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

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US Green Building Council, 1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 805, Washington, DC 20036

The Green Globes system is a revolutionary green management tool that includes an assessment protocol, rating system and guide for integrating environmentally friendly design into commercial buildings. Once complete, it also facilitates recognition of the project through third-party review and assessment. It's an interactive, flexible and affordable approach to environmental design.

Wood & Forest Products

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) 
The FSC promotes responsible forest management worldwide through a certification process utilizing the world’s most rigorous standards. Founded in 1993 by environmental groups, the timber industry, foresters, indigenous peoples and community groups from 25 countries, FSC is backed by 14 major environmental organizations and major businesses in the U.S.

The standards encourage environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Its Principles & Criteria define forest stewardship, apply to all forest types and are the basis for evaluating and accrediting certifiers. National and regional working groups translate global principles into meaningful regionally-specific standards for the local level.
FSC is the only system that verifies claims from the forest all the way to the final product, a process known as "chain of custody" monitoring. This tracking, as well as the forest inspections, must be independently verified by FSC accredited certification bodies (e.g. Scientific Certification Systems & SmartWood) to carry the FSC logo. These accredited organizations are periodically evaluated and monitored to ensure their continued competence and credibility. Certified forests are visited on a regular basis to ensure their continued compliance.

To consumers, the FSC label proves that the wood product they are purchasing comes from a responsibly managed forest. This global labeling scheme provides a market place incentive for good forest stewardship.

To obtain standards and policies, view membership and other info, visit  Phone:  202.342.0413        Fax:  202.342.6589 Forest Stewardship Council - U.S., 1155 30th Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20007

Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
SFIsm was developed and is operated by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). It claims to be a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance measures developed by professional foresters, conservationists and scientists that combine the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the long-term protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality. There are currently over 105 million acres of forestland in North America enrolled in the SFI program, making it the world's largest sustainable forestry program. All AF & PA association members must adhere to the SFI standards.

Meaningful at its inception, SFI’s standards have been weakened over the years.

FSC certification is preferred over SFI certification for timber and all-wood products; SFI is acceptable for particle board products.

American Forest & Paper Association®, 1111 Nineteenth Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036