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SMaRT© 4.0 Sustainable Product Standard

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SMaRT© 4.0 Sustainable Product Standard

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Standards, Certifications & Labels

At a Glance

The SMaRT© National Consensus Sustainable Product Standard is a third party certification that uses a comprehensive life cycle approach to assess the sustainability of products used in building infrastructures and their interior. Approved products are able to use the SMaRT© label. Health, environmental, and economic impacts are examined from raw materials to end of life. The goal is to provide one standard to assess the impact of building products to humans and the environment. SMaRT© provides training to retailers and purchasers on the value of LCA and sustainable product standards.

Tool Website(s)

mts.sustainableproducts.com/SMaRT_Value.html The website is currently being updated, if you do not see the SMaRT© 4.0 Sustainable Product Standard listed, please select the SMaRT© Sustainable Building Product Standard

Tool Owner/Sponsor

Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS)

Type of Entity

For profit

Focus of Evaluation

Substances, products, companies

Product Stage of Life Evaluated

Raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, consumer use, end of life

Impact(s) Evaluated

Ecological health, energy use, GHG's, human health, material impacts, ozone depletion, social responsibility, water emissions, worker health and safety

Tool Description

The SMaRT© standard uses a life cycle approach to certify products. Companies provide information about their product(s) from raw material to end of life. Information is collected on a scorecard and points are given for various attributes. There are several required areas, such as chemical use, feedstock inventory, recycled or biobased content, environmental policy, and end of life information that total 14 points. For minimum certification, the product must meet enough other requirements to reach a total of 28 points. Larger reductions in energy consumption as well as larger usage of renewable energy, biobased or recycled materials, product reclamation, and reuse will receive more points than small amounts of reductions or use in these categories. Points are also given for innovations in new technology that reduce impacts. The Standard has 4 levels of certification based on number of points achieved: Sustainable 28-40 points, Sustainable Silver 41-60 points, Sustainable Gold 61-89 points, and Sustainable Platinum 90-162 points. SMaRT© also requires the product to have undergone an LCA (life cycle analysis). All SMaRT© certifications go beyond compliance in assessing the sustainability of products.

Product Categories

Building Materials & Products; Furniture; Paints & Coatings; Textiles; Tools, Hardware, Plumbing

Tool Requirements

Companies must provide the following information: supply chain information (the network of suppliers that participate in the sale, delivery and production of a product), emissions from manufacturing and product use, ingredients, raw materials and sourcing, chemical toxicity, energy type and use, recycled / biobased / environmentally preferred content, end-of-life information, company environmental management system, company social practices (labor and community), and new technologies and process that provide innovative solutions.

Cost of Tool

Certification for Sustainable, Silver and Gold levels is $7,500. Certification for Platinum is $10,000.

Evaluation Frequency

Certification is good for three years. SMaRT© also performs random audits of a percentage of certified products.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths: The standard provides certification for companies that are innovative in processes or materials that reduce exposures to dangerous materials. This may have the effect of pushing companies to continually improve processes to increase the sustainability of their product.

Examples of Retailers That Use It

World Marketplace / Las Vegas Market, Williams Sonoma

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For More Information

Mark Carter: (202) 243 0653, mark@capitalmarketspartnership.com

Comments

SMaRT© verifies that there are no Stockholm Convention persistent organic pollutants released as process outputs in the manufacturing of SMaRT© certified products.

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