VGBC Green Database is a resource directory for green building products and services. It is free to browse and available to all and, for a limited time, there is no fee to list your products or services.
The main purpose of the Green Database is to link sustainable products and services with clients, developers, and building professionals. The Green Database will be regularly updated with new products and services and to improve the user experience.
Whether you are manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers, contractors, property managers or others related to the green building industry, you can use the database to advertise your green products and services.
Whether you are working on a LOTUS project or you are looking for products and services to improve the performance of your building, you can use the Green Database to find the best green solutions available.
Green Materials & Products in LOTUS
LOTUS encourages the selection of materials and products that have mitigated environmental impact, enhance the quality of indoor spaces, and also contribute towards better energy performance. The design team should carefully consider the sustainability criteria along with usual factors in material selection, like durability, budget and aesthetic. If feasible, the general contractor should be consulted regarding the availability and costs associated with procurement of such materials.
It should be noted that LOTUS does not seek to certify green products or materials, and no product or material should claim to be “LOTUS certified”. Instead, project teams should look for products and materials with green features that contribute to the fulfillment of credit requirements and points in LOTUS.
Below is a table of example of common green features, which is not meant as an exhaustive list:
|No.||Products and Materials with Green features||Examples||Credits in LOTUS NC v3|
|1||Reused Materials||Salvaged brick, pavers, lumber||MR-2|
|2||Materials with Recycled Content||Steel, gypsum ceilings/boards, carpet, insulation||MR-2|
|3||Regionally sourced Materials||Harvested, extracted and/or manufactured within 500 km of project site||MR-2|
|4||Rapidly Renewable Materials||Cotton insulation, bamboo flooring, linoleum flooring, straw board||MR-2|
|5||Timber from sustainable sources||Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood||MR-2|
|6||Materials with third-party certification based on whole lifecycle analysis (LCA)||Global GreenTag LCARate, Cradle to Cradle, NSF Sustainability Assessment||MR-2|
|7||Materials with third-party verifications||Environmental claims third-party verified through claim verification or through certification under third-party ecolabels||MR-2|
|8||Non-baked Materials||Concrete bricks, gypsum panels, pre-cast concrete panels, AAC blocks||MR-3|
|9||Low-Emitting Materials||Low or no VOC paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants
Low or no formaldehyde composite wood products
|H-PR-2 and H-2|
|10||High Efficiency Water Fixtures||High efficiency or dual flush toilets, waterless urinals, low flow faucets||W-PR-1, W-1|
|11||Efficient Irrigation Systems||Drip irrigation, irrigation system with soil moisture sensor||W-2|
|12||Stormwater Control Products||Rainwater harvesting systems, permeable and pervious materials, open-grid pavements||SE-4|
|13||Environment-friendly refrigerants||Low-impact alternatives to refrigerants commonly used in building refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems||SE-6|
|14||High Reflectance Materials||Paving and roofing surface materials with high solar reflectance index (SRI)||H-6, SE-5, E-PR-3, E-2, E-3|
|15||Efficient Building Envelope Components||Energy-efficient glazing with low SHGC and U-values, thermal insulation materials with low thermal conductivity (XPS foam, PU foam, rockwool, etc.), AAC blocks||H-6, E-PR-1, E-PR-3, E-2, E-3|
|16||Efficient ventilation and air-conditioning equipment||Air-conditioning systems with high CSPF values (for non-ducted units) and high COP values, systems with variable controls (inverter, VSD/VFD).||E-PR-1, E-PR-3, E-2, E-3, E-4|
|17||Efficient lighting equipment||Energy-efficient lighting fixtures (with high lumen efficacy lm/W), lighting controls and sensors||E-PR-1, E-PR-3, E-2, E-5|
|18||Renewable Energy Equipment||Solar panels, wind energy, geothermal||E-2, E-8|
|19||Materials for acoustic comfort||Materials with good noise insulation, sound-absorbing materials||H-7|
|20||Products reducing concrete usage||Pre-stressed slabs, voided slabs, pre-stressed beams and columns||MR-1|
|21||Energy and water monitoring products||Energy and water meters, power monitoring system, building management system (BMS)||E-6, W-3|
|22||Energy-efficient lifts||Lifts with energy efficiency class A following the certification guideline VDI 4707 Part 1, lifts equipped with: VVVF drives, regenerative drive, efficient lighting.||E-6, W-3|