On Oct. 5 (2011), Construction Specialties (C/S) and design firm Perkins+Will launched the Building Product Transparency Project, through which they hope to create product labels containing information about how products are fabricated, specified, installed, used, and disposed.
The concept of the label evolved out of the Precautionary List developed by Perkins+Will in 2009. Available online for free (transparency.perkinswill.com), the list catalogs chemicals identified by government agencies as having negative health issues, along with the building materials classes where they might commonly be found. The site has since expanded to include a list of asthmagens (substances that induce asthma), a list of flame retardants commonly found in the built environment, white papers, and other resources aimed at increasing transparency.
The Building Product Transparency Project launched with one product, C/S’s PediTred G4 entrance flooring product. Starting in 2012, orders for the product line will feature the label highlighting general product information, product content, ecological benchmarks, packaging information, the design process, and the product’s recyclability. For more information, visit transparency.c-sgroup.com.