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GREEN Labelling System for Sustainable Building Materials and Products

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GREEN Labelling System for Sustainable Building Materials and Products

Sri Lanka, like other countries around the world, is facing an immense challenge, to create sustainable buildings for the future. Buildings are the major source of demand for energy and construction materials which produce a significant amount of by-product greenhouse gases. Studies show that the building sector accounts for over 40 percent of the world’s energy requirements and that a large percentage of the present energy consumption and carbon dioxide generation could be saved by applying certification standards such as the one presented in this document.

The public’s perception of the importance of sustainable green design is dramatically increasing followed by a great demand. Developers of buildings of all types (and the consultants involved in the design of those buildings) now recognize that sustainable design must be used because it adds value to their investment. Design for the sake of designing alone is no longer an option. Designing for higher performance is our pathway to a better future.

Increasing global environmental awareness has created a demand for and the supply of green products. This well-qualified committee led by Prof. Parakrama Karunaratne and other leading professionals involved worked very hard to produce version 2.0 of GREENSL® Labelling System for sustainable building materials and products for Sri Lanka, with the main aim of fundamentally changing the built environment by creating energy-efficient, healthy, products that reduce or minimize the significant impacts of buildings on the environment. Although the green labelling system is based on the world’s best green labelling schemes, the committee has very efficiently incorporated local conditions. A local certification system is essential as local conditions are different from the conditions experienced in countries where these standards have been developed.

Recognizing products that are sensitive to environmental conditions can lead manufacturers, distributors, and marketers towards significant financial savings. Thus, there is no doubt that it will receive support from both public and private sectors and become the green labelling tool of choice. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous effort of Green Technology and Eco Labelling Division of GBCSL in co-ordinating the overall project.

This document was prepared by Green Building Council of Sri Lanka under the framework of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) full-sized project 9771: Global best practices on emerging chemical policy issues of concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). This project is funded by the GEF, implemented by UNEP and executed by the SAICM Secretariat.