Third party certification is the process by which a product, process, or service is reviewed by a reputable and unbiased third party (Green Cleaning Claims and Third Party Certification). The purpose of third party certification is to verify that criteria, claims, and standards are being met(Green Cleaning Claims and Third Party Certification) . Incorporating third party certification into a design project can help save time, and also adds support from a credible source. Below are certifications relating to design development:
- Energy Star: energy efficiency of various product types(includes small and large appliances)-www.energystar.gov
- Greenguard: tests products(bedding, paints, textiles, flooring, etc) for low chemical emissions-www.greenguard.org
- SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative): evaluates products that use wood from sustainably managed forests-www.aboutsfi.com
McFadden, Roger. “Green Cleaning Claims and Third Party Certification.” Coastwide Laboratories 2002 27 Jan 2009 http://www.coastwidelabs.com/Technical%20Articles/ThirdPartyCertification.htm.
Portwood, Pamela. “Sorting Out Green Certifications.” Greener Lives 2008 27 Jan 2009 http://www.greenerlives.net/4column.html.
Submitted by: Natalie Kosnik