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Global GreenTag’s Product Certification data, EPDs and PhDs to connect into the Origin Data Hub.

May 23, 2018, Australia – By enabling connected data exchange between Global GreenTag’s Certified Product database and GIGA’s innovative product data hub, Origin, a wide range of product certification data, Product Health Declarations (PhDs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) will be made available to all users of Origin globally.

GreenTag certified products are relevant to all project teams who pursue the WELL® Building Standard, LEED®, Green Star®, RESET™ and other green project rating tools.  By connecting GreenTag data to Origin, manufacturers will also be able to submit products directly to the mindful MATERIALS Library. Through connected data exchange, manufacturers’ Certification, PhD and EPD information and documentation will remain current, ensuring consistency and data correctness, delivered directly to the desks of green project professionals needing independently qualified product data.

“We are excited about what GIGA is delivering for built environment sector.  Origin seamlessly connects certified product data to A&D and contractors, providing the information projects need to deliver their green rating tool and other sustainability outcomes.  The ‘live’ data connectivity, workflow efficiency and direct exposure for manufacturers to project A&D teams that ORIGIN creates is unparalleled in the history of the industry and Global GreenTag is already running to deliver these connectivity benefits for our certified product clients and loyal A&D teams.”

David Baggs, GreenTag Program Director – CEO

GIGA’s Cloud Platform, Origin is a free international data hub which enables material and product data exchange between manufacturers, auditors, A+D teams and industry initiatives like the mindful MATERIALS Library.  A key aim of the GIGA and GlobalGreen Tag partnership is to create a more effective pathway for Manufacturers to generate ROI for their certified products.  When multiple product certification data can be sourced and managed in a single location, it is a win for the entire industry.

“I liken developing a partnership with Global GreenTag to building international product bridges via Origin.  Global GreenTag’s certifications will now be more easily accessible to the entire international construction industry.  Global manufacturers and project teams will greatly benefit from the increased certification exposure and the ease of data access to relevant product information when considering design decisions.  This latest Origin connected data integration is another step towards providing the building industry with the broadest, agnostic set of freely available certification data.”

Rebecca Best, GIGA – Chief Marketing Officer

About Global GreenTag International

Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd operates the Global GreenTag certification program, an internationally recognized, multi-award winning Type 1 (Third Party) Ecolabelling, Product Certification, Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Product health Declaration (PhD) program operator based in Australia, but with offices and representation also in South Africa (Africa), Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. Global GreenTag is one of the Australian built environment sector’s Top 100 Most Trusted Brands and the only green building sector Certification Mark approved by the Australian Government regulator the ACCC.

The Global GreenTag Certification program, is internationally recognized, with formal recognition in WELL™, BREEAM International, Green Star®, LOTUS®, MyHIJAU and GreenMark Internationaland compliant with credit requirements in LEED® (PhDs and EPDs), and BREEAM® (EPDs).

Search filters will also be accessible on Origin and are already available within Global GreenTag’s CERTIFIED PRODUCTS website enabling design teams to easily identify materials that are recognized to qualify for the key product related WELL Features and may qualify for LEED v4+ Material Ingredients & EPD credits.

For more information, contact: David Baggs |

About GIGA

GIGA is an independent third party which combines the development of building standards with cloud software. GIGA’s software tools provide free access to transparent, open data to support performance-driven, regenerative buildings.

For more information, contact: Rebecca Best | |

VIEW ‘Origin Connected Material Data Hub’  video. CLICK ON IMAGE


Global GreenTag International gathered for the launch of its first venture into Mainland China last month to begin growing business in the region with our partners – Ecosafene Products Technical Service Co., Ltd.  Together, we met with delegations from a number of key government and private companies in cities across the region, as well as visiting the huge DOMOTEX asia/ CHINAFLOOR expo in Shanghai.

For the trip, hosted by Ecosafene’s Technical Director Cricket Liu, the Global GreenTag team involved Global GreenTag’s CEO and Technical Director David Baggs, GreenTag’s Managing Director Mary-Lou Kelly and China Business Development Manager Dr Judy Luo for manufacturers based in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. David Baggs says:

“We have made a number of previous visits but launching our first venture has been a great success.  We met with some very forward thinking companies and government departments.  There is a strong focus on the protection of the environment and human health and better still, it is government led.  Ecosafene are proving to be a valuable partner for Global GreenTag to grow in the region and assist with certification needs that are designed specifically to align with the major green building rating programs.”

“The global green building industry is a trillion dollar market and our mission is to keep expanding access for progressive product manufacturers with Global GreenTag product certification into green building projects, registered with the leading programs like WELL Building Standard®, LEED®, BREEAM® and Green Star®.

“Our mission with Ecosafene is two-fold: to add to our growing list of progressive manufacturers from the Mainland China region and help them understand how certification will support their export efforts as well as contribute to their own growing green building industry; and to help expand markets for our other manufacturers with Global GreenTag certified products, from outside of the region, and support promotion of their products for use on projects within Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.”

Managing Director Mary-Lou Kelly added: “We did some great training with the team in Mainland China.  It all went incredibly well.  Importantly, we also had some truly inspiring meetings with government bodies who were impressed by the Global GreenTag Certification Standard, as a way to advance their plans towards sustainable development.”

If you would like to enquire further about GreenTag certification of products in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, or how Global GreenTag certification can create access to green projects globally, please click on one of the contacts below.

(Located in Mainland China, Taiwan or Hong Kong Contact Cricket Liu)

(Located outside of Mainland China, Taiwan or Hong Kong Contact Dr Judy Luo)

Rainforest Trust Attracts Support From Green Product Certifier – Global GreenTag International

Global GreenTag International has stepped up its commitment to help protect the world’s endangered rainforests, wildlife habitats and natural resources. It has become an official sponsor of the U.S. based conservation, non-profit organisation, Rainforest Trust, as part of the Trust’s Conservation Program.

Global GreenTag is one of the most advanced certification companies in the world with a strong focus on providing transparent and scientifically backed information about green building products that professionals globally can trust to help alleviate serious environmental impacts and create healthier and greener built environments.

Founding directors of Global GreenTag, Mary-Lou Kelly and David Baggs, this week said that they are honoured to position Global GreenTag as a proud sponsor and supporter of Rainforest Trust activities, which in Australia recently included the purchase of a further nine properties to protect endangered wildlife in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. The biodiversity of rainforests is critical for the future of the whole planet to protect and preserve, they said, so we are taking this new role very seriously as product manufacturing can have big impacts on the environment, if it is not done responsibly.

The initiatives of the Rainforest Trust are closely aligned with that of Global GreenTag, says David Baggs, who is also Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.  “It is a dire situation. We need to help protect the earth’s rainforests and wildlife habitats where nearly 70,000 acres of rainforests are being destroyed every day, and sadly pushing more animals to the brink of extinction.”

“As a certifier of green products, we put eco-systems high on the agenda, especially the world’s rainforests.  Manufacturers must be accountable for what they take from it and what they do to it.  Rainforests are the lungs of the planet, they help to regulate the earth’s temperature and weather patterns; they offer such rich resources from food to medicine and are home to increasingly threatened wildlife species as well as indigenous communities.”

“We want to assure consumers and professional product buyers that certified green and more environmentally sensitive product options are available, compared with non-certified products that we don’t know anything about – from where they are sourced to how they are made and how they are disposed of.”

Since 1988, the Rainforest Trust has helped safeguard over 18 million acres of wildlife habitat around the world. By working with in-country partners and communities to identify ecosystems that are home to the planet’s most threatened species, the Trust has helped create over 100 protected areas across Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Global GreenTag International, which has offices in Australia, Mainland China/Taiwan and Hong Kong, South Africa and Malaysia, is dedicated to helping to raise awareness of progressive manufacturers who are helping to lessen impacts on the environment. The Global GreenTag Cert TM certification standard places emphasis on the need to disclose information about the whole life cycle of a product from beginning to end use.

For more information about Global GreenTag, or to organise an interview with David Baggs or Mary-Lou Kelly, please contact Debra Robertson, or by phone:  1300 263 586

WHAT DOES THE RAINFOREST MEAN TO YOU? Global GreenTag International is now a proud sponsor of the Rainforest Trust Conservation Program and we are part of a campaign to save more acres of rainforest leading up to Earth Day. GreenTag's Product Certification team (left-right) Mathilde Vlieg, Dr Judy Luo, Nana Bortsie-Aryee, Shloka Ashar and Program Director David Baggs have a lot to say about what they #SeeTheRainforestFor ...

Arguing for Building Compliance and User Safety

Global GreenTag International is heading a panel at Total Facilities 2018 that will open discussion about the complexities and growing challenges of building compliance in Australia.  User safety will be a central issue.

David Baggs, GreenTag’s CEO and Technical Director, has been invited to lead and facilitate the panel conversation, which will also include Dean Homicki, Universal Access Manager for the audit and maintenance planning firm, Staebl; Craig Humphries, Head of Operations  for building consultants, Hendry Group and Nigel Dalton-Brown, Managing Director of the compliance administration firm, Strytex.

“It should be an interesting discussion,” says David Baggs.

“Unfortunately, there are still situations of operators who are cutting corners in the industry at the expense of user health and safety.  Global GreenTag is looking forward to engaging with this stellar panel. We certainly want to know more from their perspectives how we can elevate and prioritise the use of certified products in projects. History has already told us that often the decision of product selection lies at the centre of many unsafe and unhealthy building issues.”

Total Facilities event organiser, Andrew Lawson, approached David earlier this year to head up the panel as a response to the practice of cutting corners in the Australian building industry and the lack of monitoring of compliance, which puts building occupiers at risk.

David will engage panelists to explore together how a Facility Manager can mitigate against such practices and to what extent they should understand all the regulations and how much they should depend on their professional advisers.  He will also ask the panel to consider whether Australian and International Standards are the solution?


New Rating Tool Search Function Allows Rapid Product Identification

Global GreenTag has activated a new search function on all of its websites to stimulate the building industry to look even more closely at Global GreenTag’s rating tool enabled certified products.  It is a move that will greatly assist architects, designers and product specifiers to quickly locate GreenTag certified products that contribute towards satisfying Features and Credits under the WELL Building Standard® Rating equivalencies as well as credits for Green Star® … The ‘IS’ Infrastructure Sustainability rating tool and LEED with more  product connections and other building programs to follow progressively.

Recognition of Global GreenTag Cert TM by the WELL Building Program™ which comes under the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) has also gone one step further with our ‘Equivalency’ recognition under the Alternative Compliance pathways present now on the WELL website and WELL mobile APP.

It has been a busy period for our assessment team since theWELL recognition of GreenTag certification took effect in January, reports GreenTag’s CEO and Technical Director, David Baggs.  “We are pleased to announce that the first three Global GreenTag certified products to roll out with contributions towards Features under the WELL Building Standard® included in their Certification are Storage Lockers by InterLoc Lockers,   METALWORKS® Ceilings & Walls by Armstrong World Industries Ceiling Division and Office Worktops by EM UTick.

“Alongside GreenTag’s primary job of certifying products, we are committed to creating strategic opportunities for manufacturers who want to leverage their GreenTag certification deeper and further into the sustainable building industry.””

In addition to WELL, the building rating tool browser function installed on GreenTag’s websites allows for site visitors to drill down for products that also align with:

  • Green Star® Australia – GBCA,
  • LEED v4 – USGBC,
  • IS Rating – ISCA and,
  • Green Star® Africa – GBCSA.

Aligning Products For WELL Building Projects

“With its core deliverable of health, WELL is a significant player globally for our manufacturers who have the right Global GreenTag certification to step into,” says David.

“According to figures on the International WELL Building Institute website, there’s over 600 projects registered worldwide under the WELL program and some 13 projects registered throughout Australia.”

Manufacturers with potential products ready for WELL under the Global GreenTag certification system will need to align under the following:

  • Under WELL Feature 04, products only need to be certified under Global GreenTag International Standard v.4.0;
  • Under WELL Features 09,11, 25, 26, 41 and 97 products must also qualify under Global GreenTag’s health transparency tool, the Product Health DeclarationTM (PhDTM );
  • To be awarded a Global GreenTag PhD, products first need to be certified under the Global GreenTag International Standard v.4.0 (and additional fees or charges may be required to upgrade products that are currently certified under Version 3.2 of the standard).

Manufacturers who would like to discuss their options to secure a PhD, or to upgrade their certification to Standard v.4.0, are invited to email Brett Hazlett:

Please Note: WELL™ and IWBITM  are trademarks used with permission from the International WELL Building InstituteTM

The Sustainable Way Forward: To Build To Procure To Specify

Global GreenTag International is leading a panel discussion at Sydney Build next week, engaging industry specialists to provide advice on sustainable ways forward for the construction industry – from building to procuring to specifying.

The panel will include David Baggs, GreenTag’s CEO and Technical Director, Eminè Mehmet, CEO of WELL Space, Robin Mellon, CEO of Supply Chain Sustainability School and Andy Marlow, Director of Envirotecture.  Facilitating the discussion will be Brett Hazlett, GreenTag’s National Sales and Business Development Manager.

“We shall be questioning how a building can go up without sustainability being a casualty,” says Brett Hazlett.

“Together, our panel of industry practitioners from the sustainable building sector will be sharing some fundamental principles that will ensure how and why all building projects can be guided by a sustainability compass.”

The GreenTag panel will be uncovering ways for delegates to:

  • Identify resources for sustainable building practice;
  • Improve supply chain intelligence and how to look for the critical signs and implications in the procurement process;
  • Compare differences between the leading building rating schemes such as Green Star®, The WELL™ Building Standard, and how to structure workloads to fit in with the different programs;
  • Learn how to critique quickly the differences between certified and uncertified products;
  • Identify and use integrated design principles in a building project to select products that produce significant and beneficial outcomes.


Will be held on March 15, 2018  from 1:00 pm – 1:20 pm



Best Environmental Practice PVC …Global GreenTag International Articulates Importance of BEP PVC Scheme

Certified, environmentally responsible PVC product is fast becoming a tender request in projects for the built environment. Global GreenTag International is stepping up its compliance scheme for manufacturers who want to meet this demand on green projects with the Global GreenTag Best Environmental Practice PVC (BEP PVC™), available under the GreenTag International Certification Standard V4.

“Environmentally responsible PVC manufacture is critical in these times,” says David Baggs, GreenTag’s CEO and Technical Director who will be drilling down into the topic for industry this month.

Appearing at Shaping the Future PVC Australia 2018 conference in Sydney, David will be deconstructing the value of PVC product that has been submitted for Life Cycle Assessment, delivering a paper titled: The comparative life cycle evaluation of PVC vs other flooring.

Providing articulated schemes for progressive manufacturers who are doing great products with PVC is so important to elevate, says David.

Global GreenTag’s BEP PVC complies with the new Green Star® rating tools Responsible Products – PVC credit, which was developed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and New Zealand (GBCNZ) in association with the Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA).

GBCA conducted a full literature review, concluding that vinyl cannot be ruled out as a material for use in the built environment, and since introduction of the new credit “the uptake has been quick,” says David, adding that Global GreenTag certifies some of the biggest PVC product manufacturers in the world, particularly the flooring sector.

“Proving that your product meets best environmental practice standards is now going to be key for products entering green projects and the procurement sales process.” The Australian Defence Forces and Lend Lease, he notes, became early adopters, announcing their intention to meet the PVC credit in tender opportunities.

The Vinyl Council of Australia’s Best Environmental Practice PVC trade mark is already available to companies, which apply and provide a copy of a valid certificate of compliance, including Global GreenTag’s Certificate of BEP PVC Compliance. Companies are then listed on the BEP PVC online register, says David, of compliant products, which are linked to the GBCA Green Star® website.

This will cover for all kinds of building construction, interiors fitout and existing building refurbishments in:

  • Flooring
  • Permanent formwork
  • Cables
  • Blinds
  • Pipes

For companies that want to meet Green Star® compliance, David adds that PVC products with Global GreenTag GreenRate™ certi­fication can earn points under the Green Star® ‘Sustainable Products’ credit, however, such certification does not remove the consideration of those products from the Responsible Building Materials credit if they are pipes, cables, flooring, permanent formwork or blinds.

Manufacturers in these categories who would like to discuss their options to secure a BEP PVC, or to upgrade their certification to Standard v.4.0, are invited to email Brett Hazlett:

AUTEX ACHIEVES PlatinumHEALTH … all their Global GreenTag International Certified Products ARE WELL™ READY!!!

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Global GreenTag International congratulates Autex Industries Ltd / Autex Pty Ltd this week for becoming the first manufacturer to have ALL of their Global GreenTag International Certified Products ready for the WELL™ Building Program at the highest level. Eleven Autex products now all carry a PlatinumHEALTH Global GreenTag PhD™ (Product Health Declaration™) … an essential for entrance into future WELL™ building projects.

Autex specialises in the development and manufacture of innovative polyester insulation products.

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International says: “It is marvellous news. We applaud Autex for certifying their achievements …and going the extra step to assure the market that their products are indeed safe for human health.  Their manufacturing processes are exemplary. They are heroes in the cause to protect humans as well as protecting and preserving the health of natural resources and the environment. They have a done a great job,”

All Autex Pty Limited polyester insulation products are manufactured with high recycled content of Post-Consumer and Post-Industrial origin under an integrated management system that combines strict ISO9001 quality control and ISO14001 environmental management standards. They specialise in advanced fibre technology, supplying to a diverse range of consumer, commercial and specialty industrial products to markets all over the world.

Autex products under the Global GreenTag Cert TM system with the PlatinumHEALTH PhDTM comply with the following WELL credits:

  • Feature 04 VOC Reduction Part 4 Insulation,
  • Feature 25 Toxic Material Reduction Part 2 Flame Retardant Limitation,
  • Feature 26 Enhanced Material Safety Part 1 Precautionary Material Selection, and
  • Feature 97 Material Transparency Part 1 Material Information, under the WELL Building Standard™

The eleven Autex products now WELL ready are:

Quietspace Ceiling Tiles

Quietspace 3D Tiles

Quietspace Panel




Composition Acoustic Fabric

Greenstuf Underfloor Insulation

Greenstuf Acoustic Insulation

Greenstuf Thermal Insulation


Global GreenTag’s PhD is the first health transparency tool in the world to assess the health impacts of the final product – and not just the hazards of the ingredients.

“It’s a bold move for manufacturers to fully disclose with 100 percent transparency the toxicity information of their products but this is the privilege and edge that progressive manufacturers, who have pursued and improved ways to be more sustainable, now have in the green building market,” says David Baggs.

For WELL, it was also an important factor when GreenTag applied for WELL recognition, as health is a core deliverable in the WELL equivalencies, says David, adding:

“We can now look forward to following where Global GreenTag Certified products with Product Health Declarations (PhDs) are used on WELL projects.  We are looking at a number of projects already on the horizon and with a PhD in hand, we are pleased that quite a few manufacturers now have the opportunity to step more easily into the rapidly expanding Australian WELLTM market but also the USA and 30+ other countries where WELLTM projects have a significant presence.”

For products to qualify for a GreenTag PhD, they first need to be certified under the Global GreenTag International Standard v.4.0 and additional fees or charges may be required to upgrade products that are currently certified under Version 3.2 of the standard.

Manufacturers who wish to further discuss their options to secure a PhD are invited to email Brett Hazlett:


Global GreenTag International Opens Office in Mainland China – Partnering With Ecosafene Products Technical Service

Global GreenTag International has partnered with Ecosafene Products Technical Service Co., Ltd. to conduct business operations in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.  Ecosafene is one of the leading companies based in Mainland China engaged in the testing, facilitation and certification of various products for fire safety and environmentally-friendly products.

It is an exciting time for Global GreenTag, says David Baggs, Global GreenTag International’s CEO and Program Director. “Mainland China has a five year plan to create a green, low-carbon construction industry and we have been working towards this venture with Ecosafene for almost a year to be a part of this positive road that Mainland China is pursuing.

“We can now commence in earnest our roll out strategy to support the promotion of GreenTag certified Manufacturers into Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and add to our growing list of progressive manufacturers from the region with Global GreenTag certified products onto the world market.  Establishing a Global GreenTag presence on the ground in the region is going to significantly elevate awareness of the Global GreenTag International Certification Standard and Mark.”

Cricket Liu, Technical Director of Ecosafene Products Technical Service also welcomes the new partnership.  The strength of Global GreenTag certification, he says, is its reputation, accreditation and strong focus on the protection of the environment and human health, and this is key for Mainland China right now.

“The green products market in Mainland China is growing at a high speed because we do care about the environment.  And not only the Chinese government is leading this movement but also business enterprises as well. More and more people today care about having green products in their lives,” says Cricket.

Ecosafene now looks forward to helping to promote existing products that are certified with Global GreenTag International and work closely with manufacturers to facilitate certification and help them understand how it will support their export efforts also.

“Ecosafene understands the market well and what manufacturers will need to help them obtain more business in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. It will serve manufacturers better that they have a local service with international benefits and in terms of communication save a lot of time and energy,” says Cricket.

Ecosafene will also be working to support more progressive manufacturers in the region to have their green products Global GreenTag certified.

“Many manufacturers are already adapting their processes to more sustainable practices, through the use of recycled and green materials, by having testing to insure that there is non-harmful composition in their products and also by adopting energy saving technologies,” says Cricket.

In partnership with Global GreenTag International, we look forward also to introducing greater knowledge to the  manufacturing market in terms of value of the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Product Health Declaration (PhD). This level of service is still very new in Mainland China, says Cricket, “which is why Ecosafene and Global GreenTag will be devoting time to educating more manufacturers as well to help them improve the quality of their processes to better protect the environment and human health.”

“Educating the market about the EPD and PhD will be a significant step, and especially when you consider that Mainland China is one of the biggest product manufacturing bases in the world.  Mainland China will not only benefit from this, but the rest of the world will too,” says Cricket.

If you would like to enquire further about GreenTag certification of products in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, or how Global GreenTag certification can create access to green projects globally, please click on one of the contacts below.

(Located in Mainland China, Taiwan or Hong Kong? Contact Cricket Liu)

(Located outside of Mainland China, Taiwan or Hong Kong? Contact Dr Judy Luo)

WELL™ Building Standard ‘Equivalencies’ for Products with Global GreenTag Certificates will ROLL OUT IN JANUARY

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The organisation for bringing healthy Global GreenTag certified building and interiors products comprehensively and transparently into alignment with the WELLTM  tool has officially begun.

As of January 1, 2018, all GreenTag International Standard version 4.0 Certified Products will have relevant WELLTM Building Standard Equivalency recognition/s included on their Global GreenTag Certificates.

For equivalencies that require the Global GreenTag Product Health DeclarationTM (PhDTM ), the WELL equivalencies won’t be added to a certificate, unless there is also a PhD available.  Hence from January, if people see a new product certificate, dated 2018 without WELL  Building Standard equivalencies, they will know that the product is not currently relevant to WELL;  and, if they see a certification with WELL equivalence, it will tell them (where relevant) if it needs a PhD certificate as well, to comply with the WELL Feature requirements.

“Manufacturers with products certified with Global GreenTag and with PhDs have a lot to look forward to in the New Year as the full scope of WELL  ‘equivalencies’ for GreenTag certified products comes into play,” says David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.

“The WELL standard is moving very fast into the market and having a big impact on products and procurement. There will also likely be further updates in 2018, which we will announce to manufacturers as they unfold.”

Meanwhile, Global GreenTag Certified products with PhDs now have the opportunity to step more easily into the rapidly expanding Australian WELL  market but also the USA and 30+ other countries where WELL  projects have a significant presence.  “In Australia alone, the International WELL Building Institute already has forged strong partnerships with companies like DEXUS, CBRE, Mirvac, CBUS Properties and Lend Lease … it’s a promising time for manufacturers with GreenTag certified products,” says David.


How Global GreenTagCertTM Fits With WELLTM

WELL does not use a points system, a project achieves ‘Features’ or not. For systems not included in the original Guide, an ‘Equivalency’ system is used for recognition of additional certification systems.

The following Features relate to Global GreenTag:

Feature 04 VOC Reduction (Equivalency Approved)

  • PART 1: Interior Paints and Coatings
  • PART 2: Interior Adhesives and Sealants
  • PART 3: Flooring
  • PART 4: Insulation
  • PART 5: Furniture and Furnishings

Feature 11 Fundamental Material Safety (Equivalency Approved)

  • PART 1a: Asbestos & Lead Restriction

Feature 26 Enhanced Material Safety (Equivalency Approved)

Feature 97 Material Transparency (Equivalency Approved)

  • PART 1: Precautionary Material Selection

Equivalency with other Features has been applied for and are in process..stay tuned!


To celebrate the new WELL recognition, Global GreenTag has decided to ‘Share the Health’ with product manufacturers by offering PhDs– free of charge* with new or v4.0 upgrade certifications for the month of December. Health is the core deliverable in the WELL equivalencies, and our PhDs make healthy products instantly recognisable


WELL™ Building Standard ‘Equivalencies’ awarded to Global GreenTag International


Global GreenTag Certification has now formally stepped into the WELLTM  Building Standard ‘Equivalency’ recognition status, which means Global GreenTag Certified products with Product Health Declarations (PhDs) will now have an opportunity to step more easily into the rapidly expanding Australian WELLTM market but also the USA and 30+ other countries where WELLTM  projects have a significant presence.

To celebrate this new WELL recognition, Global GreenTag has decided to ‘Share the Health’ with product manufacturers by offering PhDsTMfree of charge* with new or v4.0 upgrade certifications for the month of December.  “Health is the core deliverable in the WELL equivalencies, and our PhDs make health products instantly recognisable,” says David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International.

“WELL is a leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings globally and we have decided that it is important to help manufacturers get ready to enter WELL projects and as fast as possible by adding a Global GreenTag PhDTM to products, which meet certain requirements.”

“To make this possible, Global GreenTag has decided to open a limited time window to apply for the Free PhDTM Offer* starting from today, December 1st until December 22nd,  2017. We are excited to offer this opportunity to assist manufacturers who are keen to submit their products for projects under the WELL Building Standard. This move also supports WELL Professionals implement the Standard more quickly and easily,” David said.

Products that will be accepted for Global GreenTag PhDTM certification upgrade can fall into the following categories:

  • Products with current re-certification invoices that commit to re-certification under v.4.0 (no upgrade cost involved either);
  • Any products currently certified under GreenTag International Standard v3.2 that are submitted for upgrade to v.4.0 between December 1st and December 22nd;
  • All products currently under proposal for Global GreenTag certification but not yet accepted;
  • New products that are submitted, accepted and invoiced for certification between December 1 and December 22, 2017 and paid by Jan 31st

Manufacturers who wish to apply for the free PhDTM upgrade are invited to email their application to Brett Hazlett:

*Application for the Free PhDTM Offer must be made between December 1st and December 22nd  2017 and will be subject to normal product renewal/recertification processes from the first anniversary of certification.

  • 1 Free PhDTM Offer per manufacturer.
  • Years 2 & 3 renewal will be invoiced at the completion of 1 year or on the renewal/recertification anniversary; whichever comes first.
  • The Free offer relates to year 1 of the 3 year cycle for a PhD
  • Additional fees or charges may be required to upgrade from version 3.2 to version 4.0

Australian Modern Slavery Act – Global GreenTag Pledges Support


A coalition of organisations, including Global GreenTag, has released a Statement of Support for the development of legislation to combat Modern Slavery.

According to the Global Slavery Index, modern slavery is a significant global human rights issue with an estimated 40 million people living in some form of modern slavery around the world, including human trafficking, servitude, child labour, sex trafficking, forced labour and debt bondage.

Australia is not immune with an estimated 4,300 people living under modern slavery conditions.

The Australian Government, through a joint-standing committee is investigating legislation to combat Modern Slavery with the intention of introducing legislation that will make it a requirement for large companies to investigate and report on modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.

It is an important initiative that every company should get behind, says David Baggs, CEO of Global GreenTag.

“We have vested ethical interest as a highly transparent, product certification label. Just as we are driven to protect and preserve the environment and earth’s natural systems and resources, Global GreenTag is also committed as part of its certification standard to assess protection policies and measures for the protection of people who both work with or who are affected by manufacturing processes and all along the product supply chain. We are very pleased to support for the establishment of a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.”

Edward Santow, the Human Rights Commissioner says the Statement of Support is intended to assist the reform processes and provide guiding principles; including transparency, accountability, victim support and leadership. He says:

“This Statement is significant because it brings together a diverse group of leaders from the Australian business community, civil society, the religious community and academia.

“As leaders, we support a unified approach in addressing modern slavery. This is the only way that real change can take place.”

The Statement of Support was released at the end of October and says a Modern Slavery Act should be aligned with and reinforce the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

It says clear guidance and support should be provided for organisations that find modern slavery in their operations or supply chains. It says there should be access to appropriate information, remedies and support for victims.

The Signatories of the Statement of Support for an Australian Modern Slavery Act are:

Anti-Slavery Australia UTS
Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans
Australian Human Rights Commission
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
Global Green Tag
Green Building Council Australia
Supply Chain Sustainability School
Uniting Church in Australia – Synod of Victoria & Tasmania
The Freedom Partnership
UNSW Law & Australian Human Rights Institute

For More information, Download

2017 Statement of Support for Australian Modern Slavery Act

2017 Statement of Support for an Australian Modern Slavery Act


Green Star AFRICA! Global GreenTag ALL READY TO GO!

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The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) is now licenced to certify green buildings throughout the African continent with their building rating system now rebranded Green Star Africa. This is very exciting news for all of our manufacturers as the green building movement gathers even more momentum across the African continent.

Currently, products certified under the Global GreenTag GreenRateTM and LCARateTM programs in South Africa are recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa. Global GreenTag International already has the capability and is already working on converting products certified under Global GreenTag and migrating these certifications for compliance on Green Star projects in South Africa.  “With Green Star Africa rolling out, we are in the greatest position to be even more relevant on the African continent,” says Global GreenTag International CEO David Baggs.

“This potentially means more and more opportunities for our manufacturers to market more seamlessly their certified products throughout Africa. It’s a great move by the GBCSA. Our continued business presence on the ground in South Africa has been well worth the time that we have invested in to participating in and helping to support the growth of the green building movement in Africa. We can all now look forward to watching how the African regional Green Building Councils develop further their vision for greener projects across the entire continent. We can assure you that Global GreenTag has every intention to develop its relationships with those councils as they proceed.”

GBCSA’s sustainability rating scheme was originally developed by the Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) and licensed to the GBCSA in 2008 for use in South Africa. The new licence agreement allows the GBCSA, in collaboration with the seven other African green building councils (in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia) to sub-licence and use Green Star with their Local Context Report to certify buildings in their respective countries.

The GBCSA has actually been certifying green buildings across Africa outside of South Africa since 2014 in collaboration with local councils, allowing for adaptation of the Green Star SA tools for certification in their respective countries, said Thulani Kuzwayo, Regional Chair of the Africa Regional Network of green building councils in a recent statement.
“There are Green Star certified buildings already in Ghana, Rwanda, Namibia and Kenya, with upcoming registered projects in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Mauritius to follow. It is fitting that the Green Star rating system name now encompasses the entire continent aZambias the green building movement goes from strength to strength in the region.”

What will this mean for existing Global GreenTag certified products, as the new Green Star Africa tool takes effect in different Green Building Council regions throughout Africa?


David Baggs says that Global GreenTag expect further amendments to unfold with the use of the Green Star Africa tool in different regions but is confident that product certification conversions should not be too difficult.

“Interior fitout products already certified in Australia are easily converted to meet the Green Star SA Interiors Tool requirements set out by the Green Building Council of South Africa. For the rest of the African continent, as they take on the new Design and As Built rating tool, GreenTag certified products will more than likely be recognised also, in addition to the current INTERIORS rating tool.”

Currently, both Global GreenTag GreenRate and LCARate certification has been recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) as a product certification standard for the Materials Fit out Calculator in Green Star SA Interiors Rating Tool. It does however require an interpretive evaluation against the GBCSA recognition criteria and issuing of a separate GBCSA Rating certificate. The GreenTag GBCSA Rating certificates are recognised for certifying interiors fitout, consisting of four categories: Furniture, Assemblies, Flooring and Wall Coverings.

Romilly Madew, CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia recently stated that “the growth of green buildings in Africa and involvement of the industry is truly inspirational and the GBCSA has driven a new way of thinking about green buildings – one which captures the benefits of green building not only for the environment, but for people too.”

“Building rating systems are one of the most powerful mechanisms to drive positive change and market transformation, and to build better places for people too. I’m optimistic that this new era for Green Star will help other countries in Africa to achieve success too.”

Located in Africa? Contact Lizette Swanevelder:


Located outside of Africa? Contact David Baggs:

Reducing the Risks Using Certified Products To Help Beat NZ’s Costly Health Problems With Leaky Buildings And Other Sick Building Issues

Health issues connected with Sick Building Syndrome in New Zealand have received prominence as more medical claims come forward from people with health problems  linked to leaky, mouldy and damp buildings. It’s a pressing national issue already highlighted by BRANZ through air quality studies conducted in New Zealand homes and schools and also as a huge and costly problem for the NZ economy.

Sub-par building practices have been largely blamed for leaky building problems but the use of “cheaper, uncertified building products and materials are also a lurking culprit,” claims David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of the Global GreenTag product certification system who will be presenting on November 2 a workshop at Auckland Build 2017 on the issue.

Early this year, Global GreenTag introduced onto the market a new Product Health DeclarationTM   (PhD) tool that will be of great value to New Zealand building professionals on future projects and be taking sick building issues – head on.  David is going to be showing Auckland Build how the new product health tool will help professionals:

  • Make distinctions confidently between products that are safer for human health and those that are not.
  • Communicate health related product decisions to clients and building occupiers with a lot more ease for everyone’s peace of mind.

Unfortunately, says David, leaky buildings and their negative health impacts – most prominently asthma – are just one issue that can be product linked.  Sick Building Syndrome is everywhere.  “As building product certifiers, we have known for a long time that product toxicity found in buildings is a very real cause behind a range of human health problems – even to unborn babies – including cancer, hormone disruption, asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue and many other toxicity related illnesses.”

An ‘indoor environment’ study, published last year by the American Chemical Society, found a concerning combination of chemicals  present and leaching or gassing off from products that people take in daily through their skin and airways in a range of typical indoor scenarios.

“It would help greatly if more governments mandated strict product certification to help curb the problem of sub-par building products becoming health issues – but the solutions are there,” says David.

GreenTag’s PhD is the first health transparency tool globally to assess the health impacts of the final product – and not just the hazards of the ingredients.  At Auckland Build, David will expand further on:

  • How products will be rated under the PhD tool
  • How the tool will work with building rating schemes like the Green Building Council of New Zealand’s Green Star tool as well as support designers attempting to rate projects through other rating tools with a health focus.
  • How building professionals will be able to use the tool in other ways to their advantage.

David Baggs will be speaking at Auckland Build 2017 on November 2 from 1:20 pm – 2:10 pm   Workshop Area 02 

Register for free HERE

Vietnam’s Updated LOTUS Rating Tool Opens Door for Global GreenTag International Certified Products

The Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC) has officially recognised both Global GreenTag International’s Certification Schemes and hence all GreenTag Certified products under the council’s new LOTUS Rating System and has already officially listed them in the LOTUS technical manual.

David Baggs, CEO of Global GreenTag and Program Director of the Global GreenTagCertTM certification program, welcomes the new development for GreenTag certified manufacturers.

“It is exciting to be a part of the VGBC’s dedication to evolve the green building industry in Vietnam,” says David. “We have managed to go from unrecognised to a recognised ecolabel in the VGBC LOTUS rating tool in record time.”

“The VGBC is very passionate about green products and green building. We were very impressed with the speed and efficiency on the part of Xavier Leulliette, Technical Manager for VGBC in the evaluation of the alignment of the GreenTag Schemes with the LOTUS system and the inherent recognition of how the plentiful availability of GreenTag certified products can enhance the application of the LOTUS Tools.  But more exciting for us is that LOTUS is now the first rating tool in the Asia Pacific to formally recognise LCARate Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze tiers via variable credit points.  Even though the Green Building Council of South Africa recognises LCARate tiers within their rating system, the LOTUS program uniquely and explicitly recognises them and apply points differentially.”

This is validating news for manufacturers who have gone the stretch to have their products assessed through Global GreenTag’s LCARate™ system that now have higher outcomes for certification plus Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) .

Essentially, the VGBC has noted that products certified under ecolabels evaluating the whole lifecycle are greener and they want to support this.

Indeed, Xavier Leulliette, Technical Manager for VGBC has stated to David that products with LCARate “show a higher commitment from manufacturers and should be rewarded more than products with only an EPD produced.”  He expanded on this point, saying:

“EPDs in themselves do not mean any product is sustainable or not. In fact, EPDs are more and more being used by Business as Usual products in lieu of having to meet the higher standards of third party certification  … Under the LOTUS scheme, this needs to be addressed and we will clearly encourage product certification over EPDs.”

VGBC has announced the recognition in the release of two new versions of both LOTUS Interiors and LOTUS Small Interiors.

Global GreenTag product categories recognised and listed in manuals by the LOTUS system will include:

  • many low-VOC surface finishes and joinery products
  • the majority of Interiors fitout and finishes products
  • environmentally preferred cleaning products.

The credits are as follows:

M-1 Sustainable Materials

This credit takes into account all the following materials:

  • Walls and partitions (non-load bearing space dividers)
  • Ceilings and floorings
  • Toilet partitions; shower partitions including shower screens
  • Internal stairs
  • Wall coverings, such as ceramic tiles.
  • Skirting
  • Select sustainable furniture products

M-2 Sustainable Furniture Products

The following types of furniture products are included in the scope of this credit:

  • Seatings (chairs, stools, benches, etc.)
  • Surfaces (tables, desks, etc.)
  • Storage units (cabinets, lockers, dressers, closets, chess, bookcases, pantries, etc.)
  • Work settings (workbench or workstation).
  • Storage, shelving and screening elements which form part of the work setting, cannot be dissociated from the work setting.

H-3 Low-VOC Emissions Products

Low-VOC emission and low-formaldehyde emission products including:

  • Paints and coatings
  • Adhesives and sealants
  • Flooring
  • Composite wood
  • Ceilings, partitions and insulation

H-6 Green Cleaning

The use of environmentally friendly cleaning products and procedures.

Keeping Your Information Private While Going Transparent

As a rigorous certification body, Global GreenTag is fully compliant with international standards of organisation to protect the information of manufacturers who make the decision to have their progressive product and manufacturing processes assessed, rated and certified.

Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd and its related country licensed companies are committed to providing quality services to manufacturers and  maintaining strict systems to safeguarding all information provided, says Shloka Ashar, Lead Assessor with the Global GreenTag Certification Team, and this includes a Privacy Policy that is in place also to protect the personal information that Global GreenTag obtains via its website and newsletter subscription services but also as required by manufacturers and sales or consulting associates who are engaged within or around the Global GreenTag certification program.

Global GreenTag adopts National Privacy Principles, which are contained in the Privacy Act 1988. These principles govern the way in which all Global GreenTag staff, including the assessment team employ to collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose of Personal Information.  The information is primarily used to provide services, updated information and relevant news that may be of interest.

“We run a very tight ship at GreenTag,” says Shloka. “We take our responsibility to both assess and rate products, to protect sensitive industrial information and also personal information very seriously.  As a certification body, we must uphold standards constantly.”

Global GreenTag Program Director and CEO David Baggs adds to this, “Manufacturers that submit confidential data for assessment and individuals providing contact details can be assured their IP and information is safe with Global GreenTag. We retain data storage off site in one of the most digitally secure IT environments on the planet. Data is fully ‘next level’ encrypted and secure from the moment of inception, during transfer and while stored, meaning data is most likely safer on our servers than on yours’,” he said.

Global GreenTag Manufacturers Applauded by Vinyl Council of Australia

Global GreenTag Certified Manufacturers Karndean Flooring and Tarkett Australia have both been named in the Top Nine Companies in 2016 for Excellence in PVC Product Stewardship by the Vinyl Council of Australia.

“This is fantastic recognition for both manufacturers. Both are recognised for what Global GreenTag has certified as best practices within Australia’s PVC supply chain,” says David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.

44 signatory companies from all parts of the PVC value chain, including overseas resin producers, raw material manufacturers and suppliers, trading companies, product manufacturers and distributors are drawn upon to feed into the PVC Stewardship Program, overseen by the Vinyl Council of Australia.  A total of nine companies, including Karndean and Tarkett achieved full compliance with all relevant commitments:

  • Best Practice Manufacturing,
  • Safe and Sustainable Use of Additives,
  • Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
  • Resource Efficiency and
  • Transparency and Engagement.

The PVC Stewardship Program has driven continual improvement in the PVC, or vinyl, industry for the past 14 years.

The Vinyl Council of Australia says that the Program is a vehicle for members of the industry to work together to advance the sustainability of the value chain and has been successful in changing how vinyl products are made today. Importantly the program has grown. In 2016, thirteen companies reported for the first time, as new Signatories to the Program, indicating that there is growing interest in the industry in improving its footprint.

Manufacturers that adhere to the Program, commit to meet measurable targets and obligations that reduce the environmental footprint of PVC products in Australia, whether manufactured here or overseas. Companies are required to provide comprehensive reports annually and each is audited periodically by an independent third party.

“The requirements to be met under the Program are challenging,” the Vinyl Council’s PVC Stewardship Manager Ms Laveen Dhillon explained.

“Signatory companies must verify that they or their upstream suppliers meet stringent manufacturing standards set by the Program for raw material sourcing, as well as meet local manufacturing commitments such as in use of additives, or implementing energy and resource efficiency.

“We congratulate the Excellence award winners for demonstrating leadership to others in the industry by achieving full compliance in 2016.”

Tarkett and ResourceCo Join Global GreenTag To Talk About Creative Waste Management And Circular Economy at AWRE 2017

Reza Karani (Tarkett Australia) and Ben Sawley (ResourceCo) are speaking on a panel led by Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director David Baggs later this month on the topic: Creative Green Pathways In Product Waste Management – But Why Aren’t More Companies Making The Effort?

The panel, which features as part of the speakers’ series at the Australasian Waste and Recycling  Expo (AWRE) in Melbourne on August 23 will also be joined by sustainability leader, John Gertsakis, Manager, Communications and Outreach – Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.

“The line-up is exciting,” says David Baggs who will be setting the scene for some of the recent developments and challenges in the waste sector.

“The management of waste is a pertinent issue amongst progressive, certified manufacturers who are driven to lighten their manufacturing footprint on the environment and we shall be viewing some exemplar recycling and upcycling programs already in process.”

The panel will also talk about Circular Economy and discuss what could be holding manufacturers back from making bigger changes and investing in creative waste management.

The Global GreenTag panel session will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd (Day 1 of AWRE) from12.30pm-1.15pm.


If you would like to attend the event, please register HERE


Read more about the speakers on the GreenTag panel, below.


David Baggs – Panel Leader

CEO and Program Director, Global GreenTag

David Baggs has been voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and in the Top 100 Sustainability Leaders Globally. He is CEO of Global GreenTag Pty Ltd and Program Director of Global GreenTagCertTM  which is Australia’s leading life-cycle assessment based product rating program and globally recognised Type 1 ecolabel, Certification Mark.


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Ben Sawley

CEO, ResourceCo

As CEO of ResourceCo’s Australian Sustainable Energy Business, Ben Sawley is passionate about sustainable energy and resource recovery. Ben began his career  with Unilever and has since worked across Australasia, the US and Europe, holding positions including as National General Manager for Transpacific’s  Post Collections business, General Management roles with Boral and consultancy with The Boston Consulting Group. Ben holds degrees in Engineering (Mechanical) and Business (Marketing) as well as an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.


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Reza Karani

Technical Marketing & Sustainability Manager –  Tarkett Australia Pty Ltd

Reza is an architect  who has worked with international building material manufacturers such as Tarkett (French flooring solution providers) and Knauf (German drywall manufacturer).  His expertise is in the domain of sustainability with a focus on the characteristics of building materials and their life cycle impact on the environment.  He has a broad knowledge around local and global environmental standards and has a passion for implementing environmental targets in all aspects of construction and infrastructure using BIM (Building Information Modelling) solutions.


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John Gertsakis

Manager, Communications and OutreachAustralian Mobile Telecommunications Association

John is a sustainability and communications practitioner with over 20 years experience as an industry adviser, consultant, advocate and research academic. He works on a range of issues including Product Stewardship, Producer Responsibility and regulatory analysis. In his current role as Communications Manager with the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, John is responsible for outreach and communications activities and provides specialist advice to one of Australia’s leading Product Stewardship schemes – MobileMuster. John is an Honorary Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia.

Global GreenTag Websites are NOW MORE USER FRIENDLY and have just been enhanced to make product searching so much more fluid and to show all Certification features right up front in the product search results pages.

The upgrade is particularly going to make it a lot easier for built environment professionals to search quickly and make product buying decisions.

Industry professionals like architects, designers and specifiers are now able to VIEW AND COMPARE in the search directory which products – AT A GLANCE – have a GreenRate, an LCARate, an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration and/or a Global GreenTag PHD (Product Health Declaration). All certification rankings and achievements are in green and sit below each product image and name.

The new system will make it easier and more obvious to manufacturers what their competition has!

The search function on the site also enables visitors to quickly search for other, relevant information and articles that are pertinent to their enquiry.

Take a test drive NOW

Meet the NAC: Simon Dorries of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd

Simon Dorries, Chief Executive of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd brings extensive experience in product certification to his role as a member of Global GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee (NAC).

“We are honoured to have Simon on our NAC committee. His background in standards development for the wood products industry is exemplary,” says David Baggs, GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.  With over 30 years experience in the sector, Simon is well regarded as a leading international expert in the manufacture, quality control and product certification of wood and engineered wood products.

Simon took up his position with Australian Forestry Standard Ltd after nine years as Chief Executive of the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia.  He has been actively involved in standards development for two decades.

In addition to his role with Australian Forestry Standard, Simon also is chairperson of Standards Australia Committee TM-011 Engineered Wood Products, which governs product standards for a range of glued wood products including plywood, laminated veneer lumber, particleboard, medium density fibreboard and glue laminated timber.

Simon also has experience in technical promotion, education and training, standards and codes development, brand promotion and recognition, and research and development.

Other representatives on GreenTag’s committee for Building Products are:

Professional Associations

Scott Bagnell –Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Stephen Claridge – Building Designers Association QLD

Industry Associations

Sophi MacMillan  – Vinyl Institute

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenerry – Australian Certified Organic


Dr Dominique Hes  – University of Melbourne

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig   – Australian Toxics Network

The Business Benefits Of Ecolabelling

How does being certified make selling easier and boost market perception of green brands and minimise the liability of companies and directors?  

Global GreenTag is presenting a CPD approved educational seminar ‘ The Business Benefits of Ecolabelling’ for Building Professionals at this year’s Green + Building Expo on July 7 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For the seminar, Global GreenTag – represented by David Baggs (CEO and Program Director) and Brett Hazlett (Product Sales Assessments) –  will be joined by GreenTag certified  manufacturers, Weathertex (Business Development Manager Victoria Chris McMahon),  Graphenstone Australia (National Manager Dale Brennan) and Markant Australia (National Sales Manager Emily Fielding) to expand on how a respected ecolabel is essential for clarity and assurance in a building market that is wary of greenwash and uncertified materials.

Product certification is important for environmental, transparency, fitness for purpose, health and safety reasons. Also, with billions of dollars of green building projects, including infrastructure currently under certification in Australia, it makes good business sense to be pursuing a high standard of ecolabelling for the building industry to access, to understand and trust. Especially, a type 1 ecolabel, which can provide:

  • High end, transparent product information for industry to use, including:
  • Systems of certification that employ tools such as Life Cycle Assessment, environmental and human health product declarations and;
  • Organised and rated information that is geared towards direct recognition with green building rating tools.

Global GreenTag has become a trusted certification mark behind some of world’s most iconic brands, including Interface, Polyflor, Laminex, Dunlop, Knauf, Armstrong, Tarkett, Vertilux, Verosol, BASF, DuPont, CSR, Herman Miller, Schiavello and more.

Learning outcomes for seminar participants will include:

  • Enhanced materials intelligence for building professionals to be more discerning and alert to ‘greenwash’ products in the market;
  • Understanding how to constructively certify green products, save time, enhance project submissions and reduce professional risks and costs.
  • Improved knowledge for manufacturers considering ways of improving their products – including impacts and risks of product constituents to add market value to their products.

Seminar participants can apply to receive two CPD points through the Green Building Institute, which is recognised by the Australian government by attending the seminar and completing a questionnaire afterwards. This event will also generate CPD recognition for Green Star, ABSA and RAIA members.

Register to attend the The Business Benefits of Ecolabelling seminar and the Green+Building Expo 2017  HERE

The seminar will be available to attend on Friday, July 7.

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Global GreenTag Flips The Focus On Negative Impacts To Positive!

The Global GreenTag and Evah Institute team’s delivery of three papers at the SETAC Europe conference in Brussels last month were warmly received for their unique focus to start measuring positive benefits of greener products and how they progress towards true sustainability.

GreenTag has been committed for some time to develop a novel new system called Life Cycle Benefit Analysis (LCBA) in association with the Evah Institute. Airing the idea for the five day European SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) forum, drew positive interest from the SETAC community.

David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director delivered the paper: Driving ‘Beyond LCA’ Metrics for Net Positive Cities. 

Delwyn Jones, Director of the Ecquate Evah Institute, presented Positive LCA Factoring Planetary Boundaries.

Mathilde Vlieg, Product Assessor with Global GreenTag, continued with the focus of extending LCA practices and presenting the paper: Forest Product LCA: Carbon Form, Fire, Fuel and Fate Rules.

In greater detail, the three papers presented opened discussion for a greater scope using LCA  in the following areas:

Driving ‘Beyond LCA’ Metrics for Net Positive Cities

David Bagg’s paper (authored with Delwyn, Mathilde and GreenTag’s Lead Products Assessor, Shloka Ashar) was the first of the papers presented to open the case for measuring product positive impacts.

David presented case studies using metrics and tools that show how it is possible to measure progress towards true sustainability across the whole built environment – from products to buildings and infrastructure for cities.  David presented:

  • Applications of the novel Life Cycle Benefit Analysis (LCBA) concept, including exemplars vital for establishing how developments and products can deliver net positive carbon outcomes.
  • The need for a change in the way LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) is conducted.
  • How to integrate planetary boundaries as well as address calls to correct LCA methods for Climate Change Assessment from 25 Non Government Organisations (NGOs) from 6 countries.
  • Various tools that enable industry-wide, easy comparison of products and with adaption, assessment of developments, explore what is needed to constitute truly sustainable communities and cities.

Positive LCA Factoring Planetary Boundaries

This paper by Delwyn Jones (authored with Mathilde Vlieg and Shloka Ashar) challenged the existing boundaries of LCIA.  The International Standard Organisation Environmental Management LCA methodology focuses mostly on pollution generation and resource depletion, however, Delwyn told the forum:

“If LCA is to assess architecturally ‘Positive Development’ in ‘eco-retrofitting of the vast urban fabric we already inhabit’ it must evolve beyond LCIA.”

Delwyn’s presentation posited that we extend life cycle assessment (LCA) beyond impact assessment (LCIA) to consider benefit assessment (LCBA) integrating planetary boundaries, adding that:

 “The reach of LCIA is negative to zero often in loss of human health, ecosystem quality and natural capital.  Apart from lower ecological loads, LCA methods need to quantify recovery and regeneration of safe operating space and planetary boundaries for sustainable development.”

To illustrate her case, Delwyn tabled preliminary results from a residential high rise garbage chute over 60 years use – cradle to grave. Results showed:

“Overall gains in space and diverting recyclables from landfill are far greater than losses from manufacturing impacts,”

To quantify positive outcomes, a proposed LCBA theory, Delwyn said, calls for new concepts, methods and metrics to assess positive benefits, goals and benchmarks to supplement established LCIA methodology.

Forest Product LCA: Carbon Form, Fire, Fuel and Fate Rules

Mathilde Vlieg’s paper (authored with Delwyn Jones and Shloka Ashar) also attracted a lot of interest in Brussels.

Mathilde outlined work that pushes beyond the limits of current life cycle methodology to enable modelling of potential and actual carbon sequestration and sinks. Practitioners of LCA, she said, have long struggled with this issue, as there are unique fundamental challenges in modelling e.g., forest forms, history, habitat richness, species diversity and management.

Mathilde’s presentation demonstrated that while it is argued that stored carbon should not be counted as it will re-enter the atmosphere sooner or later, there is a ‘recognised’ need for accounting of sequestered carbon. She warned that:

“… this time factor is critical as we approach tipping points in the next decades …when LCIA practitioners currently often ignore carbon sequestration, most significant legal and ethical issues arise.”

Mathilde’s paper reviewed more than 30 cradle to grave case studies of plantation product supply chains. Results considered exclusion of Brazilian and Malaysian timber sequestration, because of continuing loss of rainforest forms across both nations.

The paper found:

“The significant difference in carbon uptake found depended on biofuel use for debarking, chipping, and sawmilling. Results were compared for timber fibre rich exterior cladding with various carbon sink values considering tropical interior boards and others. Forest product carbon sink values very significantly with management form, fire history, fuel use and interior and exterior applications and fate in re-use, recycling and landfill varied so LCA with detail knowledge of forest sources is essential.”

Global GreenTag Invites You To Comment

Global GreenTag currently has 5 Building PCRs (Product Category Rules) in two stakeholder consultations open for public view and comment.  As stakeholders, we invite you to participate in these public consultations to help us finalise our next set of Building PCRs in collaboration with the Evah Institute.

PCRs are important as they underpin our ISO 14025 and EN 15804 compliant Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program that runs in accordance with GreenTag’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) reporting processes.

PCRs determine what product information should be gathered, how that information should be evaluated, and how it should be presented in a form of environmental declaration.

Of course, this process of defining PCRs to building products, eventually supports the task of industry professionals globally who are working on projects under building schemes, including Green Star,  LEEDv4 compliant (currently used in 140+ countries) and BREEAM compliant (used in 40+ countries).

To participate in the consultation, please register here:

Please submit comments and questions, including request for the GreenTag  EPD Program Operation Rules, to

The PCRs for Public Consultation:

The public consultation period for the following PCR commenced on May 23, 2017 and will close on June 23, 2017.  The draft PCR is accessible through the links below. Please submit comments and questions, including requests for the GreenTag EPD Program Operation Rules, to

The public consultation period for the following PCRs commenced on May 17 will close on June 19, 2017. The draft PCR is accessible through the links below. Please submit comments and questions, including requests for the GreenTag EPD Program Operation Rules, to

Meet the NAC: Sophi MacMillan –Sustainable Industry Advocate and Chief Executive of the Vinyl Council of Australia

Global GreenTag is proud to have sustainable industry champion Sophi MacMillan serving on its National Advisory Committee (NAC) for the development of the GreenTag building products standard. She has been in Europe this month presenting at a global technical vinyl conference ‘PVC 2017’, and the European VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2017 on some of the innovative work the Australian vinyl industry has been achieving.

Sophi is an Environmental Scientist (with more than 20 years experience) who has worked for the PVC sector’s industry association, the Vinyl Council of Australia, since its establishment in June 1998; serving as the body’s Chief Executive since 2002.

With the Vinyl Council, Sophi works with companies and stakeholders across the supply chain for vinyl products in Australia to reduce social, environmental and health impacts associated with the life cycle of PVC products, addressing these with pragmatic and innovative solutions.  She has been instrumental in the establishment and management of the Australian PVC Stewardship Program, which has around 40 company signatories, and in development of the Best Practice PVC accreditation scheme recognised in Green Star. She is an advocate for fostering green building practices and the use of sustainably managed building materials.

With experience in strategic planning, stakeholder relations and communications across a range of organisations, sectors and government bodies in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia, Sophi is also a director and former Chair (2014-16) of the Asia Pacific Vinyl Network which encourages improved health, safety and environmental performance of the vinyl industry in the region, and is a member of the Management Committee of the Global Vinyl Council. Previously, she was a Director and Deputy Chair of the Building Products Industry Council in Australia and Chair of the Strategic Issues Advisory Group for the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association in Australia.
Other members of Global GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee on Building Products  are:

Professional Associations

Mark Thomson –  Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF)

Stephen Claridge – Building Designers Association QLD

Industry Associations

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenerry – Australian Certified Organic


Dr Dominique Hes – University of Melbourne

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig – Australian Toxics Network