Award-winning material and product innovators 3form and LightArt are excited to announce their newest efforts in a long-standing commitment to manufacture quality products with a focus on human health, the environment, and social equity. Recognizing that the accelerating rates of the climate crisis, habitat and species loss, and human health concerns requires more than a status quo response, the companies are pursuing Living Product Challenge (LPC) and LEED V4.1 optimization certifications. “Sustaining the good health of people and our environment has always been an important part of our culture,” says 3form CEO Talley Goodson, “and yet we now know that we must take urgent action to help restore our planet and ensure a thriving future.”
Preliminary results show that 3form’s flagship products Varia, Chroma, and Pressed Glass meet the new LEED V4.1 requirements for ‘optimization credits’, which reward project teams who select products that have improved ingredient health and/or reduced environmental impacts. Reductions in Global Warming Potential (GWP) were among several improvements documented in the findings. “It’s rewarding to know our efforts to improve products can be fully recognized with LEED 4.1 credits,” says Mike Johnson, Director of Sustainability, “and impact reductions are only one step in our larger goal of achieving Living Product Challenge certifications by making products that actually help restore the Earth, and enhance human well-being.”
The LPC, created by the International Living Future Institute, recognizes only those elite products shown to be regenerative of the climate and Earth’s ecosystems, through net positive actions called handprinting. Among many beneficial imperatives, LPC goods must also be protective of human health, demonstrate social benefit, and encourage people to reconnect to the natural world. “With our Full Circle social equity program, biophilic designs, and other well established sustainability initiatives, we feel we’re in a good position to take on the challenge, and that it’s our responsibility to push the limits, to show leadership and to begin to heal the planet while we still can... it’s the only place we have to call home.” says Johnson with emphasis.
Living Product Challenge and LEED v4.1 optimization credits rely on robust independent scientific assessments so 3form and LightArt have engaged leading third-party certification body, SCS Global Services, to provide life cycle assessments, EPDs, LPC assessments.
“SCS has a long history of working with building product manufacturers to demonstrate their leadership through sustainability certifications,” said Karen Righthand, Director of Sales and Marketing for SCS.“Not only has 3form benchmarked their environmental impact performance through their EPDs, now they are stepping up to demonstrate reductions in embodied carbon which should be the goal of all products.”
3form is a design-driven materials solutions company offering breakthrough sustainable products that help bring projects to life. Their approach promotes craftsmanship, community, sustainability, and respect for the environments where we work and live. 3form’s product portfolio ranges from simple materials to sophisticated solutions.