Building Materials

Industrial Consumer

Required

  • Recycled Products in US EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Directory

    When to Use

    Local agencies that use appropriated federal funds to buy $10,000 or more of products in categories below in a year must buy recycled products that meet US EPA's federal comprehensive procurement guidelines:

    • Automotive: engine coolants, rebuilt vehicular parts, re-refined lubricating oils, retread tires
    • Building materials: building insulation, cement and concrete, consolidated and reprocessed latex paint, floor tiles, flowable fill, laminated paperboard, modular threshold ramps, nonpressure pipe, patio blocks, railroad grade crossing surfaces, roofing materials, shower and restroom dividers/partitions, structural fiberboard, proposed: nylon carpet and nylon carpet backing
    • Industrial supplies: blasting grit, industrial drums, manual-grade strapping, mats, pallets, signage, sorbents
    • Landscaping products: compost and fertilizer made from recovered organic materials, garden and soaker hoses, hydraulic mulch, lawn and garden edging, plastic lumber landscaping timbers and posts
    • Office supplies (non-paper): awards and plaques, office products: binders, clipboards, file folders, clip portfolios, presentation folders, office furniture, office recycling containers, office waste receptacles, plastic desktop accessories, plastic envelopes, plastic trash bags, printer ribbons, toner cartridges
    • Paper products: commercial/industrial sanitary tissue products, miscellaneous papers, newsprint, paperboard and packaging products, printing and writing papers
    • Park and recreation products: park benches and picnic tables, plastic fencing, playground equipment, playground surfaces, running tracks
    • Traffic and sidewalk products: bike racks, channelizers, delineators, flexible delineators, parking stops, traffic barricades, traffic cones
    Manufacturer(s):
    See products
    City Approved Vendor(s):
    Other Vendor(s):
    Product/Service Type
    Consumer, Industrial

Suggested

Below are links to excellent databases of green building materials.

Limited

Below are links to excellent databases of green building materials.

Prohibited

  • PVC (Vinyl) Products

    When to Use

    Avoid PVC products such as: 

    • Fake leather
    • Soft plastic (e.g., shower curtains and office supplies like clear binders, file folders, envelopes, calendars, sheet protectors, badge holders, coated paper clips, chair mats, erasers)
    • Building materials, flooring, carpet backing 
    • Children’s products
    Manufacturer(s):
    City Approved Vendor(s):
    Other Vendor(s):
    Product/Service Type
    Consumer, Industrial

Info on this product category: Building Materials

Criteria for Building Materials

Most building materials are outside the scope of this website. Green building standards, such as Build It Green and the US Green Building Council's LEED system, have spurred the development of several sophisticated online directories of green building materials listed above.

Last updated

Last updated: 
March 24, 2014

Guide for City Staff

San Francisco has set requirements for new construction as well as for existing buildings all around the city so that they can reach their environmental goals. For information, refer to our Green Building web pages.
 

Guide for Large Organizations

San Francisco has set requirements for new construction as well as for existing buildings all around the city so that they can reach their environmental goals. For information, refer to our Green Building web pages.