HPDC - Product Transparency Requires a Deeper Look at Factors Behind Scores and Other Performance Criteria Screens

September 26, 2017

The Durst Organization’s three multifamily, mixed-use buildings establish a new set of green building goals

The Durst Organization (TDO) has a long history of developing environmentally responsible office towers and residential buildings that reduce energy and water consumption, incorporate innovative design strategies and technologies, and promote the well-being of their occupants. In 2012, at the onset of developing three new multifamily, mixed-use buildings in New York City, the project consultant team developed a new set of company-specific green building goals for TDO that combined lessons learned from previous green projects with new environmental initiatives.

The new goals included:

  • An aggressive emphasis on building occupant and ecological health
  • The use of newly defined product transparency data to make informed product selections

The achievement of these goals has necessitated a more integrated process between TDO and our designers, construction teams, and consultants, as well as detailed interactions with various product manufacturers.

One of the first things the team realized was that...


By Amanda Kaminsky, Founder, Building Product Ecosystems LLC, and former Sustainable Construction Manager for the Durst Organization, John Amatruda, RA, LEED Fellow, Principal, Vidaris, Inc., and Bill Walsh, Founder & President, Healthy Building Network

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