Architects & Builders/Construction

Green Business Standard

Includes building materials; electricians but not electronics; insulation; siding; windows

Restored & Protected Environment


  • Maximize water saving
  • Maximize energy efficiency
  • Reclaimed/salvaged or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood – also sustainable wood alternatives like bamboo, eucalyptus, cork, reclaimed tile, linoleum, no-VOC carpet
  • Energy Star appliances (where applicable)
  • Minimal impact construction, including site/location


  • Carbon offsets or investigating such options
  • Experience in doing LEED certified construction or local alternative
  • Accreditation as LEED certified professional
  • Incorporate solar in new, existing and/or geothermal in new construction
  • Use of a green office or facility, including resource reuse and maximum use of post-consumer recycled resources as well as maximum water and energy efficiency
    This includes storm water management if companies have access to the exterior of their buildings or property.

Social & Economic Justice


  • Full disclosure of relationships with contractors or third-party builders/installers – minimum labor standards must apply
  • Statement of environmental and social values on website
  • Less-toxic materials – low or no VOC paints, no off-gassing materials
  • No PVC (pipes) and vinyl—windows, siding, flooring

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