How did the Declare® Red List Free certificate come about?
ILFI worked with the Healthy Building Network and the Pharos Project to create the original Red List in 2006. One of ILFI’s key programmes is the Living Building Challenge (LBC), which is designed to challenge designers and developers to create buildings that are fully sustainable and go in harmony with nature. The Red List certificate is part of the LBC programme.
The ILFI believes that all Red List materials should be phased out of production due to the negative impacts on human and environmental health. While other items could certainly be added to the list, this list was compiled by selecting materials and chemicals with the greatest potential impact if they were to be significantly contained or eliminated from the construction industry.
Declare® Red List Free
To obtain the Declare® Red List Free label, buildings must meet the strict requirements of the LBC programme, including the use of sustainable and healthy materials that are free from Red List materials. This ensures that buildings certified under the LBC programme are not only sustainable, but also safe for human health and the planet.
The Red List is updated annually to meet updated LBC standards. In it, new requirements are added or removed. Manufacturers or companies can apply for a new certificate annually.
Which substances are on the Declare® Red List Free?
The aim of the Red List is to activate designers and developers to use alternative materials that are healthier for humans and the environment, resulting in the development of sustainable products and buildings. For this purpose, a list of more than 800 chemicals, materials and products that are harmful has been compiled by the ILFI.