Terms & Acronyms

Definitions and Acronyms

LEED – Stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The most widely used green building rating system in the world, used to provide a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings

HPT – Acronym for Health Product Declarations

EPT – Acronym for Environmental Product Declarations

Red List – List of chemicals that are harmful to the environment and/or to human health. Red List Free on a declare label means the company does not use any of these harmful chemicals in their product. A list of these chemicals can be found at The Living Future Institute’s website

Declare Label – A transparency platform and product database that tells where a product comes from, what it is made of, and where it goes at the end of its life

Living Building Challenge – The world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. Used to help create spaces that give more back to the environment than they take Post-Consumer Recycled Content – Portion of material or product derived from discarded consumer waste that has been recovered for use as a raw material (e.g., plastic bottles, newspaper)

Post-Industrial Recycled Content – Portion of material or product derived from recovered industrial and mfg. materials that are diverted from municipal solid waste for use in different mfg. process, prior to use by a consumer (e.g., flash in concrete or synthetic gypsum board, both of which are by-products of coal-burning power plants)