The healthcare construction industry is going through a unique time of change in the midst of trying to keep it's head above water. Non-residential construction has started to see a greater demand for green building as clients seek a way to be environmentally responsible as well as keep an eye on potential long-term savings, and be on the lookout for patient and staff wellbeing.

With so many manufacturers and vendors claiming to be green because they meet one requirement, it is essential when it comes to selecting green products that one is armed with the most accurate knowledge. How does one determine the true sustainability or greenness of a product when also faced with what can sometimes be exorbitant construction materials costs? How do you make the best decision for the shrinking budget?
Barbara C. Lippiatt, an economist with the Office of Applied Economics of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, addresses part of this in her article, "Evaluating Products Over Their Life Cycle,". She discusses the environmental life cycle assessment of a product as adapted from the 2010 Green Building: Project Planning & Cost Estimating, 3rd Editiona green building cost reference geared toward contractors, architects, engineers, and facility owners.