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Google Avoiding 'Red List' Building Materials

Last month, Google announced that it would no longer use any of the construction materials found on the levitra for sale Living Building Challenge's "red list." For a company that is opening new office space at a rate of 40,000 square feet (about 3,700 square meters) per week, that's a lot of construction activity, and a lot of materials that are no longer being used for those projects. It's also a leadership role from a company that wants to low cost viagra be environmentally positive.

The red list (as opposed to the green list) is a list of construction materials that include components made from products such as mercury, asbestos, PVC, formaldehyde and 10mg cialis lead. In most cases, these materials are poor for the indoor air quality of levitra online cheap the spaces where they are installed. But, even if the final form is the best site natural cialis pills relatively inert, the production of these materials also has a large environmental toll due to the extraction of materials used to produce them and from the processing of raw materials to make the finished products.

The Living Building Challenge goes beyond LEED and other green building programs with a standard for creating buildings that are restorative and balanced, rather than being merely "less bad" than typical construction. The red list is found in the Materials section of the Living Building Challenge 2.0 guidebook (pdf).

Like LEED itself, Google's size makes this a decision that will have ramifications throughout the construction industry. Manufacturers who use red list materials in their products will see sales declines not only from Google, but from other companies who will follow Google's lead in this.

The Building Green blog has a wonderful followup that talks not only about these rules, but offers a wider approach to considering appropriate building materials from an environmental perspective.

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written by Bill, July 05, 2011
I am continually impressed with Google taking charge of their environmental impact. Good on you Google!!!
written by kathrine bocsh, July 09, 2011
it is really a good step in favor of humanity , thanks
written by fran, August 26, 2011
yay google- build a new building because they're aren't enough empty buildings already to house google and all their wonderfulness.

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