SOURCE: Safe Building Solutions
September 18, 2007 17:20 ET
New Degree of Green™ Rating System Reviews Sustainability, Healthfulness of Home Improvement Products
GENESEE DEPOT, WI--(Marketwire - September 18, 2007) - Homeowners and contractors will now be
able to determine whether home improvement and building products are
environmentally friendly and healthy, through a new rating system called
Degree of Green™.
"The Degree of Green™ system allows homeowners and contractors to make
educated and immediate decisions regarding the green and health qualities
of products they purchase for home building or improvement projects," said
Andrew Pace, owner of Safe
Building Solutions in suburban Milwaukee and creator of the Degree of
Green™ rating system.
Pace, who has provided green and healthy home building products and
consultation for more than 10 years, created the Degree of Green™ rating
system in response to the tremendous increase in demand for such products
and a corresponding desire by consumers and contractors to know just how
"green," sustainable and healthy those products really are.
"The demand for green, sustainable and healthy products is exploding," Pace
noted. "But at the same time, there is little information out there to help
people understand whether a certain product is truly green and truly
healthy. Some products are more 'green' than others, while some have more
adverse health effects than others."
Products are rated in three categories: healthfulness, sustainability, and
environmental impact. Each two-page Degree of Green™ rating sheet offers
a summary of a product, the product's advantages and disadvantages,
information about the manufacturer or vendor, and pricing information.
The initial Degree of Green™ rating panel includes Pace, Lyn Falk, a
nationally recognized green home products expert,
award-winning interior designer, and producer of Healthy Style, and Michael Fallarino, a builder,
journalist and broadcaster in New York State.
"We really want to make this an industry standard, so consumers can easily
identify products that meet their health needs and that satisfy their
desires to use products that have minimal impact on the Earth," Pace said.
"We don't know of any other system that offers such information in an
easy-to-understand and unbiased manner."
Pace's company provides healthy and eco-friendly building and home
improvement products both in southeastern Wisconsin through his retail
outlet, and through much of the U.S. as a national distributor of paints
and finishes made by AFM
Environmental Language cabinetry and other manufacturers.