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Sample Contract Language and Project Specifications

Federal Construction Guide for Specifiers Exit EPA
EPA collaborated with the Federal Environmental Executive and the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) to develop this guide to address the need for a comprehensive guide for procuring green building products and construction services within the Federal government.

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle’s) Designing With Vision Exit EPA
Technical Manual for Material Choices in Sustainable Construction
Scroll down to view publication in 4 parts (Word). See pages 27-32; includes good introductory language, examples, and references to other materials.

Region 8 Office (LEED 2.0 Silver certification) Environmental Provisions Included in the Solicitations for Offers (SFOs) (PDF) (5 pp, 43K)

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Standard Specifications

American Society for Testing and Materials Exit EPA
ASTM International is a voluntary standards development organization. ASTM has more than 130 technical committees covering diverse industry areas ranging from metals to the environment. The technical committees are made up of professionals from around the world who develop ASTM standards. The Standard/Annual Book of ASTM Standards is composed of over 80 volumes and contains ASTM’s 12,000 plus standards.

The following ASTM Committees develop standards related to using recycled industrial materials:

American Concrete Institute (ACI) Exit EPA
The ACI is a non-profit technical and educational society that serves as a forum for discussing and resolving issues related to concrete through conventions and meetings; the ACI Structural Journal, the ACI Materials Journal, Concrete International, and technical publications; chapter activities; and technical committee work.

The following ACI Committees address efforts to using recycled industrial materials:

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Exit EPA

Cement Specifications Concrete Specifications Other Specifications
ASTM C 595, “Standard Specification for Blended Hydraulic Cements.” ASTM C 618, “Standard Specification for Fly Ash and Raw or Calcined Natural Pozzolan for Use as a Mineral Admixture in Portland Cement Concrete.” ASTM E 1266-88, “Standard Practice for Processing Mixtures of Lime, Fly Ash, and Heavy Metal Waste in Structural Fills and Other Construction Applications.”
ASTM C 150, “Standard Specification for Portland Cement.” ASTM C 311, “Standard Methods of Sampling and Testing Fly Ash and Natural Pozzolans for Use as a Mineral Admixture in Portland Cement Concrete.” ASTM E 2277-03, “Standard Guide for Use of Coal Combustion By-Products in Structural Fills.”
  ASTM C 989, “Ground Granulated Blast-Furnace Slag for Use in Concrete Mortars.”  
  ACI 226.R1, “Ground Granulated Blast-Furnace Slag as a Cementitious Constituent in Concrete.”  
  ACI 232.2R. “Use of Fly Ash in Concrete.”  

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Green Building Resources

EPA Green Buildings Website
Brings together a collection of EPA programs that relate to green building.

Whole Building Design Guide Exit EPA
The WBDG is a web-based portal providing government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria and technology from a ‘whole buildings’ perspective. Currently organized into three major categories—Design Guidance, Project Management and Operations and Maintenance—at the heart of the WBDG are Resource Pages, brief summaries on particular topics.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Guiding Principles for Federal High Performing Buildings (PDF) (11 pp, 873K) Exit EPA

DOE High Performance Buildings
Link to information about whole-building design, including costs and benefits; tools such as design guidelines, software, and brochures; and information about high performance building technologies such as methods, materials and equipment.

US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System Exit EPA
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

Green Globes Exit EPA
The Green Globes system, developed by the Green Building Initiative, is a green management tool that includes an assessment protocol, rating system and guide for integrating environmentally friendly design into commercial buildings. Once complete, it also is expected to facilitate recognition of the project through third-party verification. The Green Building Initiative is a non-profit organization that promotes practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction.

Healthy Building Network’s Pharos Project Exit EPA The Healthy Building Network is a national network of green building professionals, environmental and health activists, socially responsible investment advocates and others who are interested in promoting healthier building materials as a means of improving public health and preserving the global environment. The Pharos Project strives to make building material evaluations as comprehensive as possible encompassing health, sustainability and social justice issues throughout the lifecycle. To facilitate this vision, the project:

  1. Proposes a framework of analysis based upon a set of categories, such as occupant exposure, renewable materials;
  2. Identifies an ideal goal in each category; and
  3. Establishes criteria for evaluating progress toward the ideal.

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