Degree Of Green is First National Green Building Products Rating Program Designed for Retailers
Degree Of Green™ is the first national building products ratings program designed for retailers. While the program is intended to help educate consumers and contractors about the green and health aspects of home building and improvement products, it relies on retailers to convey the Degree Of Green™ knowledge – since retailers are in direct contact with consumers and contractors.
The Degree Of Green™ system rates products in three areas: environment, health, sustainability.
Jan. 5, 2010 -- Green Design Center owner Andy Pace says 2010 will be the year of The Healthy Home.
Oct. 18, 2009 -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article highlights sustainable, green products that homeowners are choosing for remodeling projects.
April 16, 2009 -- Northern and north central Wisconsin residents and businesses now have easy access to green and healthy building products offered by The Green Design Center, a “store within a store” at The Color Gallery in Antigo. The affiliation also brings the knowledge resources of Degree of Green™ to northern Wisconsin.
Oct. 27 , 2008 -- Three additional manufacturers of green building and home improvement products have agreed to sponsor Degree Of Green™, an independent rating system created to help consumers determine the health, sustainability and green attributes of products. The three new manufacturers in Degree Of Green™ are American Clay, ERSystems and FireCrystals.
April 3, 2008 -- Retailers, in St. Petersburg, Fla., Atlanta, Ga. and Corvallis, Ore., are now participating in the Degree Of Green™ mechandising program to help consumers and contractors understand which home building and improvement product are truly green and healthy.
Feb. 24, 2008 -- "Translating a green sensibility into a green reality is getting easier, thanks to locally produced eco-friendly building materials and a growing cadre of green-minded designers, retailers and contractors," says Kristine Hansen in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article that includes insights from Degree Of Green™ panelist Lyn Falk, owner of Solterra Studios.
Feb. 24, 2008 -- Inside the Urban Ecology Center is the area's only library dedicated to green design, whether it's making improvements to an urban condo or building from the ground up. Lyn Falk, who has more than 15 years of experience with green design and owns Solterra Studios, created the library, which was unveiled a year ago and contains eco-conscious flooring, textile, wood and linen samples. Falk is a Degree Of Green™ panelist.
Jan. 9, 2008 -- "Environmentally friendly flooring options for homeowners include bamboo, cork, linoleum, rubber, recycled tile, carpet and American hardwoods," writes Donna Marie Pocius in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Each is green for different reasons. Some are suited to busy foyers and family rooms, while others are best installed in a quiet home office. Price and design implications vary, too." Her article includes insights and advice from Degree Of Green™ creator Andy Pace.
Nov. 9, 2007 -- Article focuses on green design and education services of Solterra Studios, owned by Degree Of Green™ panelist Lyn Falk.
Sept. 27, 2007 -- Anyone searching for home improvement materials recently has likely noticed a proliferation of products -- from paints to cabinetry -- now marketed as "green." But what that term exactly means is somewhat elusive, says Andy Pace, owner of Safe Buildings Solutions. As a result, Pace has developed a new "Degree Of Green" rating system to educate consumers on how well a product meets their particular needs.
September 2007 -- What products count as green today? That question might be easy to answer if you’re a designer, architect or engineer. Just read through the data sheets and compare the information to the current LEED requirements. But those answers may not be as apparent to builders, contractors and end-users.
That’s what prompted Andy Pace to develop a new rating system call Degree Of Green™. This Green Building Product Dealer article talks about the new program.