WHAT IS MINDFUL MATERIALS?

mindful MATERIALS is not another certification. mindful MATERIALS (mM) is an open-source data platform with aggregated information on human health and environmental impacts for products from leading manufacturers, vetted by experts passionate about making it
easier to make informed product choices.

 

mM LABEL

The birthplace of the mindful MATERIALS initiative. The Transparency Label – a simple 1 x 4 inch sticker - translating key transparency and optimization information about your product. A&D firms can place labels directly on product binders in resource libraries, making easy to identify products with disclosed or optimized content. A manufacturer must have products in the mM Library to use a mM label on their product binders.

NOTE: The Labels are currently being redefined to better reflect the updated content that mM recognizes, and to make them easier for manufacturers to use. In the interim, manufacturers are encouraged to place the square, mindful MATERIALS Logo on the spine of sample binders that include products/materials which are listed in the mindful MATERIALS Library. The final design for the mindful MATERIALS Label will be defined during Q3 2019 and will be implemented thereafter

 

THE LIBRARY

The mindful MATERIALS Library, powered by Origin, is a searchable database where users can find architectural building products that have various transparency and sustainability attributes. Users can access specific product data from all participating manufacturers in the mM Library.


 

COMMUNICATING PRODUCT TRANSPARENCY

Building occupants and owners want healthier spaces in which to to work, play and live. This is driving the demand to know more about the products that make up our buildings: where they come from and what exactly is in them. It is also driving demand for building certification programs such as the Living Building Challenge, the Well Building Standard, and LEED v4, which incorporate product transparency information and push for optimized product performance.

For sustainable projects, building project teams need better resources to easily identify and specify products that comply with varying forms of disclosure and optimization.

mindful MATERIALS was created to provide a practical means of incorporating transparency and optimization information into designers’ everyday work process.

 

THE POWER OF MINDFUL MATERIALS

The mindful MATERIALS library, powered by Origin, is an open collaborative platform for aggregating sustainability information on products while minimizing redundant effort on the part of both manufacturers and designers.

Designed by the A+D community, mindful MATERIALS is the practical product selection tool design teams need to incorporate product transparency information into their real-time decisions. With vetting by the mindful MATERIALS team, as well as verified data directly from partnering auditors/certifiers, confidence in the data is strong.

Powered by Origin, mindful MATERIALS is a multi-platform solution for communicating your products transparency and optimization efforts across your network. As Origin adds network partners and mindful MATERIALS adds users, participating manufacturers see their information management efforts go down and ROI for certification and transparency efforts goes up.


 

KEY PLAYERS

 
 
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BUILDINGGREEN
mindful MATERIALS is honored to have BuildingGreen as its technical advisory partner. Their industry leading knowledge and research helps ensure that mM content is the best available.

ORIGIN
The mindful MATERIALS Library is powered by Origin an international cloud-based data hub enabling material data exchange between manufacturers, auditors, A+D, and industry software. Our Technology Partner, GIGA is proud to support mM by providing the Origin platform as the technology backbone of the mM library to advance the curation and accessibility of transparency information.

 

USING MINDFUL MATERIALS

HOW PEOPLE USE MINDFUL MATERIALS

The mindful MATERIALS Library, powered by Origin, has new manufacturer content monthly. Users can sort information by CSI Division, specific transparency information, LEED v4 compliance, WELL Features, etc. Design professionals, contractors, and end users can all use the mM Library to make more informed product selections.

The Library can:

  • Reduce billable hours for sustainable product sourcing

  • Provide a product sustainability reference tool for sales reps

  • Act as a manufacturer hub for all sustainability product documentation

  • Be used as a product sustainability education tool for the entire industry

  • Showcase a company/firm sustainability leadership

The unique partnership with GIGA’s data hub Origin allows mM manufacturers free, unlimited access to Origin content, ensuring that mindful MATERIALS is always updated as information on Origin is updated. Origin partners with several of the world’s most relevant certification bodies & program operators enabling direct links to the most credible source of information ensuring reliability and accuracy of certification data connected to products.

mindful MATERIALS takes the guesswork out of your research efforts by giving you access to product information that is the result of an iterative multi-entity review.  mM review teams work closely with manufacturers to ensure the most accurate information is provided.

 

Credibility and reliability

The mM Library is curated by industry experts who rely on comparable content when researching products. Our review teams work closely with manufacturers to ensure the best available information is provided. Our unique partnership with GIGA and the Origin database gives manufacturers free, unlimited access to their content, ensuring that it is always updated as information changes. mindful MATERIALS takes the guesswork out of your research efforts by giving you access to product information that is the result of an iterative multi-entity review.


GET INVOLVED

Join mindful MATERIALS today! With your free account, you’ll gain instant access to the mindful MATERIALS Library and transparency information from leading manufacturers. Get involved by spreading the word about mindful MATERIALS to industry peers and the manufacturers you work with. Join one of our working groups, helping guide mindful MATERIALS into the future.

Join now! Remember, it’s free!