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Environmental Criteria

ICC-ES has developed Environmental Criteria (formerly known as Evaluation Guidelines) for use in verifying manufacturers' claims about specific sustainable attributes of their products. These criteria are approved by the Environmental Committee and provide guidance to ICC-ES staff when evaluating products to green codes, standards and rating systems.

Currently, Environmental Criteria apply to the following services:

  1. Product evaluation to green building codes such as:
    • International Green Construction Code (IgCC)
    • California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)
    • ASHRAE 189.1
  2. Product evaluation to green building rating systems and standards such as:
    • U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
    • Green Building Initiative's GBI-01, Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings Standard
    • National Association of Home Builder's National Green Building Standard (ICC 700).
  3. Evaluation of assemblies for compliance with provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

For more information on criteria development and meeting schedules, click here.

EC101 –  Environmental Criteria For Determination Of Recycled Content Of Materials

EC102 – Environmental Criteria For Determination Of Biobased Material Content

EC103 – Environmental Criteria for Determination of Radiative Properties of Roof Coverings and Solar Reflectance of Hardscape Materials

EG104 – Evaluation Guideline For Determination Of Regionally Extracted, Harvested Or Manufactured Materials Or Products (EG104 is no longer active and has been superseded by EC114)

EC105 – Environmental Criteria For Determination Of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Content And Emissions Of Adhesives And Sealants

EC106 – Environmental Criteria For Determination Of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Content And Emissions Of Paints And Coatings

EC107 – Environmental Criteria For Determination Of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Content And Emissions Of Floor Covering Products

EC108 – Environmental Criteria For Determination Of Formaldehyde Emissions Of Composite Wood And Engineered Wood Products

EC109 – Environmental Criteria For Determination Of Certified Wood And Certified Wood Content In Products

EC114 – Environmental Criteria for Determination of Source of Recovery, Extraction, Harvest and Manufacture for Materials or Products

EC115 – Environmental Criteria for Determination of Equivalent Wood Frame Wall Assemblies to the Prescriptive Building Thermal Envelope Requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code and the International Residential Code

EC116 – Environmental Criteria for Evaluation of Pervious and Permeable Paving Materials and Assemblies

EC117 – Environmental Criteria For Determination of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions of Insulation