Materials

We are in the early phases of  selecting materials to eliminate products and chemicals damaging to human and ecosystem health such as formaldehyde, halogenated flame-retardants, lead, mercury, phthalates and PVC/vinyl. We are committed to sourcing materials as close to home as possible.

Materials Red List Beginning early in the Design Development phase, we began contacting manufacturers. We have a team of experts listing potential products, contacting manufacturers and tracking materials for every product used on our project. We ask three  questions: where did the product come from, what is in the product, and where can it go at the end of its life?

Embodied Carbon Footprint Through the construction process, our project team will track the total footprint of embodied carbon with the RMI Green Footstep tool. Upon completion of construction, Green-e Climate Certified carbon credits will be purchased through either a Certified Emission Reduction (CER) or Verified Emission Reduction (VER) type program such as the carbon offset program available through Renewable Choice Energy based in Boulder, Colorado.

Responsible Industry Sourcing FSC materials from a local lumberyard with a valid Chain-of-Custody certificate is increasingly difficult in the Midwest as many previously certified warehouses have let their certification lapse over the past few years due to costs and decreasing demand from the slackened building economy. We have successfully located a source of FSC-certified lumber through Certified Wood Products Inc. in Maple Lake, Minnesota.

We are seeking local sources of used timbers for incorporation into the basic structure of our current design.

For cabinetry work, we have engaged Brice Madden of c.y.restoration, who will build cabinets on site using FSC-certified lumber delivered directly by the supplier.

Additionally, we will be an advocate for the creation and adoption of third-party certified standards and fair labor practices for sustainable resource extraction of stone and rock, metal, and other minerals that we intend to use on the project.

Appropriate Sourcing Tracking the location of manufacture is the easy part; determining the source locations for raw materials can prove to be more tedious. A component of our materials research is to look at the location of manufacture and extraction while determining compliance with other Materials Petal Imperatives.

Conservation and Reuse  We will reduce waste products that need to be removed from the site during and after construction, and eliminate materials toxic to human or environmental health. 95% of the by-products normally considered waste will be integrated back into the site ecosystem, or will be recycled, repurposed, or reused by the broader community.

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