The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation has a tool to help everyone from building professionals to consumers find energy efficient housing products that are healthy and made locally. Building Clean—found atwww.BuildingClean.org—offers an easy-to-use interface to access its one-of-a-kind database to help you identify products that meet customer demands and certification requirements for healthy, American-made, energy and water efficient products. The database includes more than 3,500 U.S. facilities manufacturing building products, which are searchable by categories such as product sector, state, material, CSI code, zip code radius, and others. The website can also be used to search for products with third-party health certifications and services that promote transparency about the chemicals contained in the products.
Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in
Green Building Certificate Institute (GBCI)
Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
American Institute of Architects - AIA (HSW)
Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)
State Architect / Builder License may be applicable
Learn the chemical categories of greatest concern for the built environment and understand basic chemical regulatory policy in the U.S.
Be able to identify product categories that have the biggest potential for harming human health.
Learn about the tools to help make better building product selections and receive an overview of the Building Clean database as a way to identify housing products that help meet building certification requirements for products that are healthy, efficient and locally sourced.
Demonstrate Building Clean's search capabilities and discuss examples product recommendations being made in current projects.
Instructor: Lauren Asplen & Dana Parker
Lauren Asplen, Director of Healthy Sustainability Programs, manages the Building Clean project, which encourages the purchase of local and healthier energy efficient building products. With two decades’ experience in manufacturing, she is well versed in many product sectors the program aims to grow. In 2012, she spearheaded a program that gained White House recognition as a “Champion of Change” for engaging front-line workers in identifying industrial energy efficiency opportunities. Lauren started at the BlueGreen Alliance in 2013.
Dana Parker is the National Program Manager for the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation. Dana brings 18 years in non-profit coalition building and issue advocacy experience to BGAF and has worked in a variety of capacities in the environmental, labor and manufacturing communities.