Declare is a voluntary self-disclosure program of the International Living Building Challenge that aims to transform the building materials industry toward healthier products through ingredient transparency. Declare LBC Red List Free products are recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System, the International WELL Building Standard, mindful MATERIALS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasers.
LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization—Material Ingredients, Option 1
Declare has been approved as a compliance pathway for the LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization Credit, Option 1. The LEED v4 credit calls for the chemical inventory of a product to at least 1000ppm; Declare labels that achieve a declaration status of “Red List Free” or “Declared” fulfill the credit disclosure requirements. Additionally, any fully disclosed “LBC Compliant” label and any “LBC Compliant” label using the I10-E4 Proprietary Ingredients Exception, with a minimum disclosure threshold of 99.9%, meets the LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization Credit, Option 1 reporting requirements.
International WELL Building Standard
Declare products that are “Red List Free” or “LBC Compliant”, have been approved as a compliance pathway for the International WELL Building Standard’s Feature 26 for Enhanced Material Safety. The Feature takes a precautionary approach to hazards by emphasizing healthy material selection to minimize risks.
A group of leading architecture firms created the mindful MATERIALS initiative to provide a simple platform for manufacturers to communicate transparency and optimization for their products, while also providing designers a single place to search for materials. Declare product information is directly entered into the mindful MATERIALS database.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recommendations to Federal Purchasers
Declare is now recognized by the US EPA in its Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for federal purchasers. The recommendations, which help federal purchasers identify and procure environmentally sustainable products and services, include Declare as a recommended standard for a range of low-emitting materials, including carpet, flooring products, furniture, and interior latex paint.