What: When installing new countertops, use surface deck and back splash materials that are manufactured with recycled content.

Application: This measure applies to remodel projects or additions involving countertop replacment or selection of new countertops.

Benefits: Many recycled content countertop products are more durable, need less maintenance and cost less than other natural stone slab surfaces, according to Earth Advantage, a nonprofit organization acting as the Northwest’s premier green building program.

Challenges: Allow longer lead times in ordering materials; most products are made to order.

Standard specs: Install per manufacturer recommendations. Recycled content must include at least 20 percent post-consumer content.

Web links: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/ppg/case/region10.htm

On the Net: www.earthadvantage.com