GreenScreen In Practice

How to Use GreenScreen® for LEED v4

Detailed Guidance Now Available!

“How to” Guide Provides Manufacturers with Clear Guidance on Meeting Latest LEEDv4 Certification Requirements

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Also see: GreenScreen Guidance Version 1.3 and LEED v4

The new How-To guide provides step-by-step instructions to help industry professionals create a Manufacturer’s Inventory, obtain and use the GreenScreen List Translator and/or Benchmark scores, and also provides a pathway to obtain a certification mark to help building industry professionals easily recognize products that can be used to earn these credits.

To help improve opportunities for disclosure and optimization throughout the building materials ecosystem, Clean Production Action has released its “How To” guide(link) for using GreenScreen to earn points for the LEED v4 Material Ingredient Disclosure and Optimization credits.

Since the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released LEED v4 in 2013, there has been a steep learning curve for both manufacturers and LEED Practitioners who are scrambling to keep current with the rating system and its approach to inherently safer materials through the new Material Ingredient Disclosure and Optimization credits. Both of these credits lean heavily on GreenScreen and GreenScreen List Translator.

Read individual chapters from the How-To Guide:

Acknowledgments and Preface
Sections 1-4: Introduction
Section 5: Terms & Definitions
Section 6: Process Flow Charts
Section 7: Overview
Sections 8-14: Step-by-Step Guidance

Here’s how it works:

The guidance contains highly detailed instruction and is set up as a 4-step process:

Step 1: Product Inventory — Identify a comprehensive list of chemicals in products. The guidance lists reporting thresholds for both LEED v4 credit options, as well as what to do about proprietary product information.

Step 2: Chemical Hazard Assessment — Use GreenScreen® to determine the inherent hazards of those chemicals. GreenScreen has the added advantage of enabling manufacturers to identify and report the hazards of both proprietary and non-proprietary chemical ingredients. The guidance explains how to use GreenScreen List Translator scores and GreenScreen BenchmarkTM scores to meet LEED v4 Option 1: Material Ingredient Reporting (1 point), and Option 2: Optimization (1 point).

Step 3: Reporting — Next, the “How-To” guide offers samples for how to fulfill LEED v4 documentation submission requirements, which are categorized by each credit option for ingredient reporting and optimization.        

Step 4: LEED-Compliant Certification — Lastly, the “How to” guide provides guidance on how to obtain certification marks from Green Circle Certified or Clean Production Action to enable easy identification of compliance to the LEED standard.

See also USGBC LEED Resources:

For New Construction, read the credit language here.

For Commercial Interiors, read the credit language here.

Also see: USGBC adds GreenScreen credit, press release.