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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.

Click here for more info on the event

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.

Click here for more info on the event

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