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Construction in Cities – let’s be restorative and focus on carbon reduction and bio-based strategies

Cities hold the majority of the world’s population and often are intensive and congested built environments.  Yet, while they can be seen as worrying sources of global environmental and resource depletion problems, cities can also act as important centres of technological innovation and social learning for a low carbon future, says David Baggs, Program Director and CEO of Global GreenTag International and a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

We are probably all aware by now, says David of the shared prognosis of 11,000 scientists who have declared that the world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society. Indeed, they have unequivocally declared that planet Earth is facing a Climate Emergency and that to secure a sustainable future we must change how we live. If we want a healthier future, this will entail major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.

To deal with these pressures, David believes that: “Planning and managing large-scale transitions in cities will require an understanding of urban retrofitting at city scale and needs to occur through mindful decisions from the materials we source, the products we design, through to the design of buildings, interior spaces and infrastructure including green infrastructure. “From our perspective as product certifiers, we believe this is a great opportunity to discover, showcase and embrace ‘disruptive’ and ‘sustaining’ technologies that can contribute to city-based sustainability transitions. The question is, where can we find them?”

“The Climate Crisis is happening faster than predicted with a number of impacts that were predicted, being worse than predicted and unexpected unpredicted events being realised regularly and up to 80 years earlier than predicted.

Firstly, our focus on carbon reduction, I believe, needs to be a LOT more urgent. The built environment sector still has some catching up to do.”

“We have started to focus on reducing carbon impact embodied in the built environment – unfortunately though, many smart technologies have come with huge embodied carbon impacts.”

“Just think of the 1000s of kilometres of copper cabling required in wiring every light power and data point for individual wires in a simple house? Then consider the massive impacts contained with wiring a large multistorey building, or fitouts that churn every few years?  We need to focus on disruptive smart technologies that don’t create these unintended negative consequences.”

“We need to expand our awareness beyond the technologies we seem to default to because they are easier. I think we need to refer, for example, to the ideas of Restorative Sustainability articulated so well by Bill Reid, and to open our minds when we think about technology and what it means.”

Instead of defaulting to only IT based wires and equipment engineered technology, says David, “how about expanding the use of engineered and restorative, natural systems?  Let’s encourage bio-based systems that are typically going to lead to the creation of restorative outcomes that aren’t just about reducing the size of an increased impact but create overall benefit in the outcomes. Essentially, a bio-based system would assist in taking existing carbon impacts out of the system.”

David Baggs will be leading a carbon-issues based discussion at Design Build in Melbourne on Tuesday,  October 27.  Titled, Getting beyond Carbon NetZero to zero: Is it even possible for the built environment, David will be joined by Caroline Pidcock of Living Building Challenge in Australia, Dr Dominique Hes – Beyond Zero Emissions, Richard Haynes of eTool whole Building LCA Calculator and Geoff Heard from Fytogreen.

Global GreenTag International recently increased its interest in bringing greater awareness of building products and materials that are already carbon zero, if not, they are working fast towards carbon zero and beyond to create carbon net benefits. To support this movement by manufacturers, GreenTag re-launched a unique and upgraded peer reviewed Embodied Carbon Product Certification Program called CarbonRATE™ at the end of 2019, which strongly challenges the market to design and manufacturer and use only products that can scientifically identify carbon impacts and benefits.

Photo credit: Dan Freeman on Unsplash

Global GreenTag Raises the Bar on Modern Slavery at New York Build – Launching World’s First Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration

Mary-Lou Kelly, Global GreenTag’s Managing Director launched the start of a world first Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration – the Global GreenTag MSD – in New York today at the New York Build Expo where delegates  were invited to become part of a global stakeholder consultation process to ready the Declaration for industry by the end of April 2020.

“The time has come for Modern Slavery to be removed from history,” announced Ms Kelly.

“The Global GreenTag MSD addresses a profound humanitarian problem. It is a thorough scorecard that makes it a prolific risk assessment process that will formally recognize manufacturers who are taking responsibility and accountability for their choices in procurement to help minimize the conditions of Modern Slavery prevailing in global supply chains.”

The Global GreenTag product assessment team led by David Baggs, Global GreenTag International’s co-founder, Program Director and CEO have made a significant step forwards in developing this first Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration, said Ms Kelly.

As a Product Certification Standard, GreenTag says Ms Kelly has always addressed issues of ethical labour sourcing and social impacts, but, we all got very excited when Government Legislations pertaining to incidences of Modern Slavery first began to roll out in California, then the UK and more recently Australia. We say thank you to Governments who are making this an issue to stamp out. Mandation and legislation are crucial to bring about the depth of changes that we need to see happen.  Hopefully these moves by Governments  will eventually trickle out to give more attention to and increase legislation for protection of  the environment and minimize impacts on our eco systems as well,” says Ms Kelly.

Mary-Lou Kelly Global GreenTag International Managing Director

Speaking at the New York Build Expo at the Javits Center, Ms Kelly delivered an hour long presentation, titled: MODERN SLAVERY 2020 Issue Exploration and Option Generation and was joined by Daniel Huard, the Chief Executive Officer of Global GreenTag Americas. Together, they explained the directions of the GreenTag MSD and the next stages that the Declaration would be undergoing.  Mr Huard who Chaired the day-long Sustainability Summit for New York Build Expo yesterday, said:

“The GreenTag MSD Stakeholder Consultation is now underway and we invite interested parties to become involved. Our timeline is to complete the Stakeholder Consultation phase by April 6th, so that the Declaration is ready for the Construction Industry and all product related industries in the US and globally by the end of April 2020.”

In her presentation, Ms Kelly applied holistic 3S thinking – through Science, Sustainability and Spirituality to engage the New York building industry to consider for themselves the importance of the issue of Modern Slavery and solutions to ensure ethical reporting in global supply chains is more widely embraced. She says:

“Mother Earth is one large ecosystem and people are part of that ecosystem. A first call to action in cleaning up most ecosystems is to eradicate the weeds so that the system can grow and thrive naturally. Modern Slavery is one of these ‘feral elements’, whose presence is eroding and eats at the very core of a fully functioning and ethical society. At its core are various forms of greed, power and corruption. The time has come to expose and take those appropriate actions required to eradicate it.”

Discussing existing solutions to Modern Slavery in Supply Chains through Global Modern Slavery Acts, Governance, Human Rights and Sustainability Standards (mandatory and voluntary) Ms Kelly’s presentation also posed what our next steps as a Global Building Industry could be.

Daniel Huard. Global GreenTag Americas, CEO

Action on Modern Slavery in Construction – are we ready to Act?

Later at New York Build Expo, Ms Kelly and Mr Huard also engaged with other industry leaders in a panel discussion event, facilitated by Mr Huard, titled: Action on Modern Slavery in Construction – are we ready to Act?

Together with representatives from the International WELL Building Institute, Skanska Construction America, the US Green Building Council and others where Mr Huard asked speakers to discuss how companies can become positive change agents to minimise the continuing existence of modern day slavery occurring in supply chains, providing answers to questions like:

  • What measures are companies and industry practitioners currently taking to address inhumane practices in supply chains that we think only occur in third world countries?
  • How can you be more aware and be preventing incidences of Modern Slavery creeping into the closets of your business?
  • Where is your business positioned – in relation to being responsible through proper reporting to thwart Modern Slavery occurring – up and down supply chains that you engage with?
  • Who are the vigilant bodies that are ready for Modern Slavery reporting and who can empower your business to be more accountable and responsible?

Possibilities of Modern Slavery occurring in supply chains have always been a requirement for assessment of products under the Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standard.

The certification label has been actively involved with a number of interest bodies in recent years to bring stronger focus to the problem of Modern Slavery and was one of the core group of companies that pledged support behind the Australian Human Rights Commission’s call for Modern Slavery legislation in late 2017.

Have your say …

GreenTag MSD Stakeholder Review

For more information about the Global GreenTag MSD and your invitation to participate in the MSD Stakeholder Review Process, please CLICK HERE

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BIO: Mary-Lou Kelly

BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: David Baggs

New Coronavirus Procedure introduced by Global GreenTag Supporting Companies Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak

Effective from February 20, 2020, Global GreenTag International has introduced a new Coronavirus COVID-19 Adaptation Assessment Procedure on current and future certification projects, until further notice.

Unfortunately, due to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, GreenTag assessors have been notified that many factories, especially in China, have closed, and, with no clear date of when they will be operational again.

GreenTag has therefore introduced its new Coronavirus Procedure to support businesses affected who are currently unable to collect data required by GreenTag assessors to conduct product assessments and re-certifications.

Under the new Procedure, Global GreenTag will be handling the issue in two ways:

  1. New product certification projects or existing certifications with new or additional materials. These assessment projects will be put on hold indefinitely, and at no extra cost to clients, until factories resumes activities and are operational again.
  2. Clients with products that are currently going through re-certification processes. GreenTag will honour and support the re-certification flow through of these products for clients too. As long as a re-certifying product’s supply chain remains unchanged from the last certification cycle, then clients will have a 12-month grace period as long as they submit the required supply chain information before the next Renewal cycle begins.

Please consult GreenTag’s full details about the Coronavirus COVID-19 Adaptation Assessment Procedure on our website:

Original cover photo by Jose Fontano on Unsplash

 

Being Transparent about Modern Slavery in Construction and Ready to Act

Mary-Lou Kelly (Global GreenTag’s Managing Director and Co-Founder) is taking part in a panel discussion on the topic of Modern Slavery occurring in construction supply chains at New York Build Expo in March, an open discussion that will be led by Global GreenTag Americas CEO – Daniel Huard.

Alongside Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director David Baggs and the Global GreenTag International assessment team, Mary-Lou has been working on developing assistance for the industry to help minimise conditions of Modern Slavery prevailing in global supply chains.

Mary-Lou Kelly

On the topic for New York Build: Being Transparent about Modern Slavery in Construction and Ready to Act, Mary-Lou will explore with other panellists from the US Green Building Council and the International WELL Building Institute, how companies can become positive change agents and minimise the continuing existence of modern day slavery

Daniel Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas who will be facilitating the panel topic will be asking speakers to expand on actions that are being taken and to ascertain how prepared the construction industry is ready to act. The panel will be providing answers to questions like:

  • What measures are companies and industry practitioners currently taking to address inhumane practices in supply chains that we think only occur in third world countries?
  • How can you be more aware and be preventing incidences of Modern Slavery creeping into the closets of your business?
  • Where is your business positioned – in relation to being responsible through proper reporting to thwart Modern Slavery occurring – up and down supply chains that you engage with?
  • Who are the vigilant bodies that are ready for Modern Slavery reporting and who can empower your business to be more accountable and responsible?

Daniel Huard

Possibilities of Modern Slavery occurring in supply chains have always been a requirement for assessment of products under the Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standard.

Global GreenTag International has been actively involved with a number of interest bodies in recent years to bring stronger focus to the problem of Modern Slavery and in Australia was one of the core group of companies that pledged support behind the Australian Human Rights Commission’s call for Modern Slavery legislation in late 2017.

Global GreenTag invites you to join us at New York Build Expo – REGISTER FOR FREE

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BIO: Mary-Lou Kelly

BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: David Baggs

BIO: Global GreenTag LLC, Americas

Global GreenTag CEO Chairs Sustainability Summit at New York Build Expo 2020

Daniel Huard, Chief Executive Officer of Global GeenTag Americas will be taking up the role of Sustainability Chairman this year for the New York Build Expo and the line-up for the one-day event on March 3rd “is stellar” reports Mr Huard who will be facilitating the presentations and conversations between more than 20 sustainability- focused speakers.

Global GreenTag International in 2019 became the Global Sustainability Partners for Build event organisers, Oliver Kinross Events, the London and Hong Kong based company that are behind New York BuildLondon BuildSydney Build and Chicago Build.

Global GreenTag personnel are assisting Oliver Kinross teams to curate educational content for Build expos with particular emphasis on sustainability to create more value for Build event visitors. Daniel successfully kicked off the Partnership last year as a Chair for the Sustainability Summit at Chicago Build Expo.

Speakers for the Sustainability Summit at New York Build will be “talking to an exciting range of sustainability topics and projects,” says Daniel, and covering both local (New York) and global sustainable construction initiatives in.  Amongst the speakers, presenters include:

Emily Durand, the Sustainability Program Manager of Skanska, who will uncover strategies that the project development and construction group have been using to address carbon across the life cycle of buildings: Carbon in Construction – Tools for Impact;

Michael Tumulty, Vice President – H2M Architects & engineers, is delivering on Stronger and More Resilient Infrastructure to Address the Effects of Climate Change;

Monica Beall, Director of Sustainability, Construction for Lendlease will be presenting on Making Sustainability on Construction Sites A Reality;

Jo Palma, Founder & Design Partner of PALMA will be delivering on The Future of Sustainability in Tall Structures.

A major panel event is also part of the Summit and titled: Championing Sustainability – speakers include Zachary Schechter-Steinberg, Vice President – Policy – Real Estate Board of New York, Thomas Abdallah, Deputy Vice President and Chief Environmental Engineer – MTA New York City Transit and Ellen Zielinksi, Director of Sustainability – New York City Housing Authority

Read more about the full line-up of speakers.

Global GreenTag invites you to join us at New York Build Expo – REGISTER FOR FREE

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BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: Global GreenTag LLC, Americas

Reduce Repair Reuse Recover Recycle – definitely not a waste of time

Our in-house LCA specialist Nana Bortsie-Aryee, originally from Ghana, weighed in on recycled content in building materials for an industry seminar in Brisbane Australia recently.  The event followed a call for public projects to spend a portion of procurement budgets on recycled materials. The event was staged by Global GreenTag International’s new Industry Partner, the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS).

In association with Lend Lease, the SCSS invited an industry audience of property, construction and infrastructure professionals and suppliers to explore circular economy opportunities with specialists who spoke to the topic: Reduce Repair Reuse Recover Recycle – definitely not a waste of time.  The panel discussion followed a recent call by Trevor Evans, the Member for Brisbane and Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management to encourage agreements from Australian state and territory environment ministers for new targets to spend a portion of procurement budgets on recycled materials for public projects.

Nana who is part of the Global GreenTag International Product Assessment team explained how actions to Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recover and Recycle are indeed very much in process by manufacturers whose green product lines have achieved Global GreenTag certifications.  He said:

‘In some cases, we have assessed products that are truly innovative in their design and honour the full lifecycle impacts of product production through to end of life and reuse.  Nonetheless,  within GreenTag’s stringent certification processes, we also need to tick boxes to ensure that products meet fit-for-purpose requirements of the industry as well.  Consequently,  there are many products, which have undergone our certification processes and are readily available for the Australian and global building industries to use in place of business as usual products.”

The specialist panel also included Robert Ball, Senior Development Manager –Communities at Lendlease who presented the Yarrabillba sustainable case study and Hayley Jarick, CEO of SCSS who delivered on the questions of why recycling is in the spotlight and the capacity of industries to respond.  All speakers responded variously to a set of questions that included:

  • Why has this become a ‘burning platform’ that desperately requires action?
  • What resource treasurers are hiding in Australia’s trash?
  • Will this be the boost the domestic commercial market for Australian waste needs to scale up and maximise efficiency?
  • Who in the supply chain is set up to enable hitting these targets and who could be ready soon?

The Supply Chain Sustainability School of Australia provides an online learning forum designed to help Australia’s property, construction and infrastructure sectors to improve their knowledge of broad sustainability issues.

The School represents a collaborative approach to developing environmental, social and economic sustainability competencies through the supply chain. It is a free resource, available to any team, client or supplier working in the construction industry, and is part of a continued commitment to lead the industry into a brighter, more sustainable future.  It is a national, not-for-profit initiative, based on the Supply Chain Sustainability School that operates successfully across the UK.

Reveal Your CarbonRATE™

CarbonRATE™ – a unique peer reviewed Embodied Carbon Product Certification Program – has been re-launched under the Global GreenTag International Certification Standard.  CarbonRATE™ has been upgraded to strongly challenge the market to design, manufacture and use only products that can scientifically identify carbon impacts and benefits.

Speaking in more detail about the CarbonRATE™ program this week in America at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Atlanta,  David Baggs, Program Director and CEO of Global GreenTag International explained that GreenTag’s new CarbonRATE™  “is deeper detailed to help accelerate a bold climate positive agenda.  Our core mission to help protect and regenerate natural resources firmly sits behind this new set of carbon labelling and metrics,” says Mr. Baggs.

The CarbonRATE program is rolling out for products undergoing GreenTag’s EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) and LCARate certification programs.

Mr. Baggs adds: “What we want is for each CarbonRate TAG issued to tell the whole carbon story behind the full life cycle of each product.” This level of information will be particularly of interest to companies and projects whose policies are now focused on reaching low carbon and zero carbon targets.

The new CarbonRATE TAGS provide products with high visibility carbon performance graphics that include real carbon metrics – instantly communicating the climate performance of products that have been assessed in the program.

“It is vital in this time of climate emergency that we identify for companies and consumers alike the differences between products,” says Mr. Baggs. “By disclosing the proper information and taking products through a program of CarbonLCA (Life Cycle Analysis) we can now show clearly how individual products are reducing climate impacts or providing climate net benefits. We can help quantify carbon offset needs required for specific carbon claims and provide ISO compliant data for robust carbon claims using detailed life cycle analysis.”

Global GreenTag International is a signatory to the World Green Building Council’s (World GBC) bold new #AdvancingNetZero program’s Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront Vision – an initiative that encourages buildings and infrastructure around the world to reach 40% less embodied carbon emissions by 2030 to achieve 100% net zero emission buildings by 2050.

For more information about CarbonRATE, please contact:

Lizette Swanevelder –  Director,  Global GreenTag Africa

Phone: +27 21 790 0286

Email: lizette@globalgreentag.co.za

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The Global GreenTag International Certification Standard is Ready for Review

The Global GreenTag International Standard development team invite you to review and comment by Monday, October 28th on our latest product certification Standard v4.1  Your participation is valued.  The Global GreenTag Standards Stakeholder program requires open and transparent processes, with adequate (minimum 30 day) comment periods and transparent reporting of outcomes with results of the review to be made readily available.

What’s new?

This v4.1 review of the The Standard is a Minor Review.   Many of the changes are procedural e.g. minor error corrections and changes such as those due to Australia having moved from EU based Chemical Hazard assessments to the UN Globally Harmonised System (Au-GHS) e.g. changing language from ‘R-Phrases’ to ‘H-Statements’ and making interpretation easier for international use of the Standard now Global GreenTag is active in so many overseas markets.

The Standard now also addresses legislative changes in areas such as:

– National Construction Code -Fire Safety;
– Federal and NSW Modern Slavery;
– QLD Human Rights Act;
– Various Normative Standards reviewed and versions updated;

as well as introducing new Global GreenTag Services formally under the auspices of the Standard:

– Product Health Declarations (PHDs);
– HealthRATE;
– CarbonRATE;
– WaterRATE  and other future services.

The GreenTag Standard Scope Has Expanded!

We also have explicitly expanded the scope of the Standard to allow GreenTag to specifically certify credits within rating tools that sit outside the actual bounds of the Standard, ie by adopting the specific requirements of the rating tool credits or labelling systems themselves to certify against including but not limited to WELL, LEED and LBC.

We have also:

  • Reviewed and re-aligned the Leather and Wet Process Natural Fibres requirements to bring them into alignment with the furniture fabrics existing requirements where the processes were in conflict.
  • Added expanded references to new databhubs that are receiving and publishing GreenTag Certification outcomes in various countries e.g. origin.build, ecomedes.com, sustainableminds.com etc.
  • Extended the cut-off for the elimination of orthophthalate plasticisers for another 3 years due to the lack of definitive scientific data on the endocrine disruption potential of this specific class of chemicals (not those already banned).
  • Aligned the Formaldehyde content requirements for composite wood and general Hazard Declaration cut-off definition with LEED and WELL product transprency credits more closely.
  • Added the semi-volatile VOC requirements from WELL.
  • Corrected incorrect clauses relating slip requirements of non-resilient flooring categories.
  • Amended the requirements for insect treatment of carpets; and
  • clarified International and Australian Local Procurement requirements.

GreenTag Standard v4.1 Draft is available for public review until Monday, October 28th, 2019.

Download copies for review 
GreenTag Standard v4.1 – Clean Copy
GreenTag Standard v4.1 – Track Change Copy

Enter your comments in the Standard Review Public Feedback Form 

All comments on the Standard are to be emailed to:
certification1@globalgreentag.com

You can read more about GreenTag’s Standards Development Processes HERE

Global GreenTag congratulates Green Building Initiative on the introduction of their Green Globes® 2019 Rating Standard

Global GreenTag International a member of the Green Building Initiative wishes to Congratulate GBI on the recent release of their 2019 version of the nationally recognized Green Globes® building green rating assessment, guidance and certification program which is used in a multitude of project types in the USA and Canada.

Global GreenTag Americas’ CEO Daniel A. Huard who is a renowned green building authority who recently served as Chairperson for ‘The Sustainability Summit’ at the inaugural Chicago Build, says “We congratulate GBI’s Executives and Board of Directors adding the ability to dynamically update their Green Globes standards, it is a very progressive step to strengthen the, ANSI recognized Green Globes 2019 version of their standard now expanding beyond the US and Canada into Mexico, Central America, Brazil and South America.”

Mr Huard, himself a Green Globes Assessor, went on to state that he and the Global GreenTag International Certification Team are committed to contributing to the ongoing development of the Green Globes Standard Rating Tool(s) and respective frameworks. He said: “Green Globes has been well designed to provide a smart and efficient assessment pathway for new and existing projects to cost less to operate and be considerably more energy and water efficient with sustainability capabilities overall. We are very happy to be part of the solution of bringing greener and healthier buildings into the world.”

Global GreenTag’s certification programs are underpinned by science and ISO standards compliance ensuring global application and capability, that saw in 2018 the introduction and increased rigor of the GreenTag PHD™ (Product Health Declaration) to provide content inventory and hazard analysis to the 100ppm level, “a significant increase that equals the most stringent Product Disclosures in the world,” says Mr Huard,  “a crucial part to see our certifications recognition expanding beyond the US and Canada into Mexico, Central America, Brazil and South America as well.”  GreenTag certified products undergo some of the most stringent transparency certification and declaration processes in the world,” he said.

Huard further provides that GreenTag’s globally applicable ‘HealthRATE™’ program, which uniquely reports on human health impacts of products in use will gain prominence as Green Building Ratings systems look to incorporate greater wellness and human health concerns within their ratings systems. “I look forward to one day soon where users of Green Globes Certified Buildings will search for useful product information dynamically updated on www.globalgreentag.us, and as well see designers, specifiers and certification reviewers get applicable GreenTag PHDs and EPDs on www.ORIGIN.build, www.transparencycatalog.com, and www.ecomedes.com.”

Come Meet Global GreenTag Americas

Global GreenTag will be appearing and participating at the USGBC’s annual GREENBUILD expo and conference.

For more information, contact: Daniel Huard

Cell: +1 702.604.3359

Email:  ceo@globalgreentag.us

CV: Daniel A. Huard

Global GreenTag CV: Global GreenTag LLC, Americas

LEED® and USGBC Recognize Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ (the GreenTag PhD™)!

The presence of Global GreenTag LLC, Americas in the US market is set to be enhanced further.  The certifier’s Global GreenTag PhD, Materials Transparency Certification Program (reviewed and assessed by the LEED Committee and MR Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been formally recognized within the LEED framework of Rating Systems.  GreenTag’s program is among the most stringent product disclosures in the world, and now noted by LEED and USGBC (US Green Building Council) as a Program that is formally recognized for not only LEED v4.1 but also v4.0, appearing in the next digital updates of the LEED Technical Manuals.

Global GreenTag Americas was launched in the USA last November at the GreenBUILD expo and conference hosted annually by USGBC, the creator of the LEED building certification program.

Thrilled by the USGBC decision, Daniel A. Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas says “USGBC Technical Staff and the TAG did a thorough review and have approved the GreenTag Product Health Declaration for inclusion in the ‘REACH Optimization’ pathway for LEED v4 and LEED v4.1 rating systems’ compliance internationally for The MR Building Product Optimization: Material Ingredients credit Option 2. Bringing the GreenTag PhD to LEED is one of the outcomes that we have been working towards. We were very pleased to read in the USGBC report that our PhD program:

“… builds upon SDS/GHS regulatory reporting and goes further than required by LEED to include the evaluation of process chemistry (in some instances), end use product ingredients, and exposure/risk in the in-use phase. For these reasons, the program exceeds what is required in scope for the LEED Option 1 credit in some ways…”

Joining with Global GreenTag last November to help accelerate sustainability at a product level in the US, Huard warmly acknowledges the work of founders of Global GreenTag International, David Baggs (CEO and International Program Director of Global GreenTagCertTM) and Mary Lou Kelly  (Managing Director) “for their support, ongoing determination and work in leading GreenTag’s Australia based staff to evolve GreenTag’s  product certification protocols, such that they continue to be the best in the world. It is a well-earned validation of the GreenTag Certification Team’s tireless work, who are all very appreciative of USGBC’s decision.”

Following its increased rigor update of late 2018, the 2019 GreenTag PhD now provides content inventory to the 100ppm level, “which equals the most stringent Product Disclosures in the world, says Huard, and for building professionals this means that any question of stringency of content inventory evaluation is more than satisfied for all of GreenTag’s PhD certifications from January 1, 2019 forward.  In addition, all PhDs issued previously will be updated as well to the new protocol by June 30 2019 to ensure that all LEED practitioners can have confidence that where a LEED credit is mentioned on a GreenTag PhD there is formal recognition within LEED of that product’s LEED credit relevance.”

Global GreenTag also is developing a training program and narrative translator documents on the PhD for LEED Project reviewer(s) to insure that the ingredient, amount, role, and hazard for all ingredients present in the final product is made available in one or other of the compliant formats and to efficiently articulate the easiest way to find that data assisting in reviewer determination.

GreenTag Program Director, David Baggs says “we are new to the US but greatly look forward to helping the market better understand our certification protocols, which are based on factual data, detailed science and ISO standards compliance (among others). Understandably for some, while definitely LEED recognized and relevant they are not so familiar. That said,” Baggs adds:

“Our PhDs are unique for other good reasons, in that we take the ingredient hazard flags and through a thorough risk assessment, we eliminate the hard work for green professionals wanting to not only use LEED but also go beyond LEED and understand the actual health impact of the product in use via the ‘GreenTag HealthRATE’ rating. These Health ratings are included on our PhDs, so from the multiple perspectives of LEED compliance, time saving and healthy building creation they are a win-win-win outcome for manufacturers and green professionals, alike.”

Huard says that he is “so proud of Global GreenTag’s collective commitment to materials transparency certifications and particularly its dedication to collaborating with USGBC, WELL™, Green Star® and other global sustainability Ratings Systems to bring about reporting methodologies, which make it easier for our client’s products to be validated compliant and consequentially helping in the review process for LEED Building Certifications.”

Additionally, says Huard, Global GreenTag has begun collaborating with HPDC and others in the product ingredient transparency space to help harmonize the way hazard information is presented following the release of LEED v4.1 “such that LEED MR Building Product Optimization: Material Ingredients credit Option 1 documentation is more consistent for reviewers to find and also ensuring that our PhD certifications along with the collaborators will be accepted without need for a translation document.”

Watch out for GreenTag PhDs as they are updated on www.globalgreentag.africa, www.ORIGIN.build, www.transparencycatalog.com, and www.ecomedes.com.

For more information, contact Lizette Swanevelder:

Phone: 0 82 770 6552

Email:  lizette@globalgreentag.co.za

More information about Daniel A. Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas:

CV: Daniel A. Huard

For more information about David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International:

CV: David Baggs 

Global GreenTag Certified Product Supplier Evalution Flooring Achieves Another Green First for South Africa

Evalution Flooring in Cape Town, South Africa, the vinyl flooring supplier that has four green product lines certified with Global GreenTag has embarked on the first phase of a sustainability project that will be the first of its kind in South Africa to enable zero waste in the luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring arena.

“This waste recycling initiative is really impressive, creative and innovative,” says Lizette Swanevelder, Director of Global GreenTag, Africa. “Evalution Flooring are to be congratulated.”

As part of its quest to curb its carbon footprint, Evalution Flooring has teamed up with Recycle 4 Africa Waste Management (R4AWM) to recycle LVT offcuts and uplifts by transforming them into eco-bricks, pavers and potentially other re-usable products in the future.

Speaking in an article with Concrete Trends Eva Kaiser, Founder of Evalution Flooring says: 

“Up until now there had not been a way to recycle the vinyl due to the many layers that make up the product. The first brick has been made completely out of recycled waste, including plastic that can’t currently be recycled and would have landed up in landfill. Unlike other eco-bricks, no sand or cement has been added. The brick has been tested and was found to have no leaching and no emissions. It also has a compressive strength of 15 MPa  – higher than the average 5.2 MPa of concrete bricks.  Plus, it is fire and rodent resistant. The product will soon be tested officially by the National Home Builders Registration Council to obtain certification for use in the building industry.”

Kaiser adds that there’s plenty of LVT all around South Africa and Evalution “are currently working on how to logistically get all this material to a central point without adding to the carbon footprint. We are also exploring how to finance this massive project. While we might not be able to supply the market with eco-blocks just yet, the most important thing is that there is now a solution for directing LVT away from landfill.”

Director of Waste Management at R4AWM, Debbie Sharp, adds: “Long-term, it would be ideal for companies to combine their feedstock, and for R4AWM to provide them with containerised waste management units which house all the necessary equipment to process LVT waste and enable them to manufacture the eco-bricks on site. By providing companies with this technology, we hope to minimise all facets of waste, and divert it from landfill sites.”

Praising the initiative between Evalution Flooring and R4AWM, Graham Cruickshanks, Managing Executive: Market Engagement at Green Building Council South Africa, says “It is through such thinking that the industry is inspired to think innovatively about how it uses waste differently and gainfully.”

Kaiser shares that Evalution Flooring is working hard towards the sustainability of its LVT flooring over its entire life cycle.

“We have the first – and currently the only – GreenTag Certified LVT flooring products in South Africa in both our Amtico and mFlor ranges.  Our Amtico Spacia and Amtico Spacia Acoustic flooring products have achieved a Level B rating, while the Amtico First, mFlor 25-05 and mFlor 20-03 LVTs have achieved Level C status. What this means is that Level B Certification will achieve 85% of the points required by the Green Building Council for a Green Star Rating for internal finishes, while Level C Certification will achieve 75%. GreenTag Certification is important as the process involves the entire supply chain from the ingredients to the final product, including all sustainable practices throughout the production process.”

“This is a break-through! We are so excited to be introducing this new way of recycling LVTs.  Although the project is in its infancy and much still needs to be done, we are confident it can be achieved,” Kaiser concludes.

Evalution Flooring products certified with Global GreenTag, include (mFlor LVT flooring, Amtico First LVT flooring, Amtico Spacia LVT flooring and Amtico Spacia Acoustic LVT flooring.   

For more information about Evalution and R4AWM, visit http://evalution.co.za and www.r4awm.com respectively.

Article Source –Concrete Trends: https://www.concretetrends.co.za/news/evalution-flooring-achieves-another-green-first-for-south-africa/

 

African Smart Cities Summit 2019

11 June 2019 – Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Africa’s urban population was reported to be the fastest growing globally and by 2030 six of the world’s 41 megacities would be in Africa. By then around 50% of Africa’s people will be urbanised, meaning that every second person in Africa would likely live in a town or a city.

How do we prepare our cities and what must be done right now to ensure the cities of tomorrow are resilient, connected, inclusive, safe and prosperous?

The 3rd annual African Smart Cities Summit prepares African cities for the future. It will bring together under one roof public and private sector players who will determine the future of African cities and reinvent urban living in the smartest ways possible.

Join us as we discover how cities are and will be creating systems that are integrated, sustainable, that increase the ease of living for citizens, make cities a safe place to live and drive economic growth in the long-run.

Click here for more info on the event

http://www.ecospecifier.co.za/news-events/african-smart-cities-summit-2019/

African Construction Expo 2019

11 – 13 June 2019 – Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

The African Construction Expo gathers every year 9,500+ construction professionals from over 65 countries to provide a platform to do business, network and learn.

The upcoming 2019 edition introduces the expo as part of The Big 5 portfolio of construction events – one of the biggest names in the global construction industry. As a result, attendees can look forward to a three-day event with even more international exhibitors showcasing the latest products and solutions.

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http://www.ecospecifier.co.za/news-events/african-construction-expo-2019/

The Cape Construction Expo 2019

11 – 12 September 2019 at Sun Exhibits, GrandWest, Cape Town

The Cape Construction Expo 2019 is the only event dedicated exclusively to the building and construction industry in the Western Cape and it presents a unique opportunity for product manufacturers and distributors as well as service providers to network with key buyers from the sector.

An interactive programme of free workshops will be available to all participants to provide an opportunity for capacity building, business networking and knowledge transfer amidst built environment professionals operating in the local construction marketplace.

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http://www.ecospecifier.co.za/news-events/the-cape-construction-expo-2019/

Global GreenTag Certification awarded to Saint-Gobain Gyproc plasterboard range

Saint-Gobain Gyproc’s range of RhinoBoard products for walls and ceilings recently achieved the prestigious Global GreenTag Certification earning GBCSA Level B.
The rating process, which helps establish a benchmark of verified and eco-preferred products within the construction industry, is an accreditation standard recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa. For materials to receive a green rating, they must undergo rigorous assessment and meet evidence-based criteria, ensuring that they meet the criteria to receive GreenTag certification.

“Being sustainable means being aware of the impact our products have on the environment,” says Ian Winroth, head of sales at Saint-Gobain Gyproc. “Our products are designed to create safe, healthy and comfortable urban habitats that are also energy efficient, enabling homeowners to reduce their impact on the environment,” he explains.

This is the philosophy behind the company’s performance plasterboard range that received the rating. Gyproc RhinoBoard, MoistureResistant, FireStop, SoundBloc and DuraLine all consist of an aerated or foamed gypsum core encased in up to 100% Post-Consumer recycled paper liner. They can be used for interior walls and ceilings in residential, commercial and industrial buildings – especially where thermal, acoustic or fire rating criteria have been specified.

“We anticipate that this certification will cement a sense of confidence amongst stakeholders and customers within the architecture and construction industries as we continue to innovate and develop products that help address challenges around sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental protection,” concludes Winroth.

Saint-Gobain Gyproc continues to add value to the environment by helping to safeguard rhinos in South Africa. For every RhinoBoard or RhinoLite product purchased, a percentage of profits goes to SANParks Honorary Rangers to support rhino anti-poaching efforts.  Find out more at www.gyproc.co.za

Cape Construction Trade Expo

23 - 24 August 2017 – Cape Town International Convention Centre

Please quote Ticket Code: MP when you register here for your FREE expo pass and stand a chance to win over R50 000 worth of prizes!

Be a part of the Western Cape’s Largest Building and Construction Show

Why you should attend the Cape Construction Expo:

  • Meet over 80 trade partners and associations who can help you to reach new markets
  • Network and build relationships with fellow attendees from across the Western Cape
  • Advance your career by earning CPD points
  • Connect with likeminded industry stakeholders
  • Explore six dedicated built environment zones
  • Hear from the industry thought leaders in our FREE Workshops

The Cape Construction Expo represents the entire Western Cape’s built environment value chain with six dedicated zones, allowing you to navigate your way through the expo efficiently.

SIX ZONES

Smart Buildings & Infrastructure – Western Cape Summit 2017

23 August 2017 – Cape Town International Convention Centre

65% of South Africa’s population already live in urban areas and this number is growing by 1.2% annually.

Infrastructure demands in most African cities expected to almost double by 2030. Smarter approaches to city infrastructure are non-negotiable.

The BIM Institute and Hypenica are pleased to present the SMART Buildings series of Summits.  It is Africa’s only platform designed for decision-makers and analysts from the public and private sectors responsible for the design, construction and operation of infrastructure assets and or the specification and procurement of major infrastructure assets.

WHY YOU NEED TO BE THERE?

  • Explore opportunities to smarten up existing or new buildings while increasing its revenue generation and cost effectiveness
  • Gain knowledge on how to improve building performance through smart technology
  • Hear from local and international buildings’ case studies and how you can use the information to improve your own developments
  • Benefit from what the Internet of things (IoT) mean to project participants
  • Future proof buildings through smarter property development
  • Understand technology implementation within smart buildings
  • Learn new generation approaches to building design and delivery

View website for more info and REGISTER HERE

Regional Events – Western Cape