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Daniel Huard Appointed CEO of Global GreenTag Americas

Pictured, left to right, David Baggs - CEO & Program Director, Global GreenTag International (GGTI), Daniel Huard (CEO, Global GreenTag Americas), Mary-Lou Kelly - Managing Director, GGTI and Brett Hazlett - Global Certification Strategist, GGTI

Global GreenTag International is proud to announce the appointment of Daniel Huard as CEO of Global GreenTag Americas.  Daniel is one of the most accomplished sustainability practitioners, experts and advocates in the US green building industry today – a significant player who is not only a global LEED Fellow, Daniel was also elevated in November to the International WELL™ Building Institute’s WELL Faculty.

David Baggs, Global GreenTag International’s CEO and Program Director says: “We are delighted to have Daniel on board to lead the way for us in the Americas. His body of work is extraordinary, he is a true disruptor and doer in the sustainability space. His accomplishments have earned him a prestigious position as one of 283 LEED Fellows on the planet in addition to a dozen other professional designations, which now also includes his exciting new appointment to the WELL Faculty, a great honour to Daniel’s work and also for Global GreenTag International whose certification standard is formally recognised by WELL globally.”

Daniel’s appointment as CEO of Global GreenTag Americas was first announced when Global GreenTag International launched its services into the Americas (Canada, North and Latin America) at the 2018 USGBC GREENBUILD Expo in Chicago. He is affectionately known in US green building industry circles as the ‘Godfather of Sustainability.’ Backed with degrees in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelors in Architecture, a Masters of Architecture and Masters of Urban Planning, Daniel has contributed to numerous US domestic and international High‐Performance Building, Sustainable and Restorative Development projects.

Of his new appointment as CEO of Global GreenTag Americas, Daniel says:

“I am proud, honoured and humbled to be overseeing the rollout of Global GreenTag Americas. It is the Impact Opportunity I have been looking for – a long time.  I am now able to directly support organisations who are designing and manufacturing the best sustainable products in the world today concurrently with those designing, constructing and certifying the greenest buildings on the Planet. I am also honoured to be now a member of the IWBI WELL Faculty, providing additional education, support and advocacy beyond what I was able to do as a WELL AP.

“My interests with WELL and healthier places for people align perfectly with the work that Global GreenTag International has invested in to enhance the role of health in its certification systems. In essence and practice, the Global GreenTag Standard is beautifully aligned to the vision and mission of WELL.  It is going to be an exciting journey to see how much further we can go to champion and help accelerate and mainstream the uptake of certified, healthier products in the market – that’s certainly one of our goals!”

Where he would like to help take Global GreenTag, Daniel says:

“Assuming this leadership role for Global GreenTag Americas builds further on my work to improve the built environment. This role allows me to help to contribute further to the healthy materials dialog and the necessary improvement to product transparency that benefits everyone”

Daniel currently is a member of the USGBC’s LEED Technical Committee, having contributing to the development of LEED v4, more recently the beta version of LEED v4.1 and planned future LEED V5 Standards. He is also Chairperson of the LEED Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group.

Mary-Lou Kelly, Managing Director of Global GreenTag International who also welcomed Daniel to the business in Chicago last month says “Daniel is a force to be reckoned with. His hands-on expertise and accumulative knowledge in the field of sustainable development is going to serve Global GreenTag International for many years to come. Most importantly, Daniel has a sustainability heart as big as a whale and our corporate team is very much looking forward to working with Daniel to open up Global GreenTag International certification services to some very big markets in the Americas.”


MORE ABOUT DANIEL HUARD

Daniel’s body of work and advocacy in green building goes back over 20 years – and beyond.  He started as an Engineer with General Motors Environmental Compliance Reporting in 1989 and has continued this dedication and focus with every organization desirous of demonstrating environmental leadership since.

In 1998, Daniel drilled down his passion for green development, becoming a Founding Principal of Humann Building Solutions, a registered Professional Engineering firm in which he has led restorative development work on diverse specialty purpose facility projects to design and construct buildings and infrastructure for improved sustainability, efficiency and operability. His global project expertise includes offices, resort and hospitality buildings, government facilities, museums, cultural, education facilities and sustainable improvements to historical restorations and landmarks.

Beyond providing Executive and Operational Level Program Management, Facilitation, Planning, Project Management and Administration, since 2001 Daniel has also served as a Corporate and Organizational Governance Expert, incorporating Organizational Best Practices into Leadership, Organizational, Operational Structure and Strategic Planning. He has provided his professional expertise in sustainability to numerous international events as well, including Greenbuild, WaterBuild, Living Future unConference, WaterSmart Innovations, Advanced Energy Conference, Energy Management Congress, CAPAC and Global Gaming Expo to name a few.

Daniel also has an ongoing commitment to mentoring, service and leadership within the green building industry, contributing in an ongoing basis to the National Fenestration Council, International WELL Building Institute, Association of Energy Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air‐Conditioning Engineers, USGBC Nevada, USGBC Western Regional Council and USGBC National and as well founded the Las Vegas Valley Living Building Challenge Collaborative serving as Nevada’s inaugural ILFI Ambassador.

In addition, Daniel has also served as a former League of Indian Nations of North America Ambassador to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, where he focused on international sustainability programs, social and educational programs and native rights recognition and advocacy.

Beyond his professional degrees in the fields of architecture, mechanical engineering and urban planning, Daniel holds multiple other professional accreditations including: LEED AP O+M as well as LEED AP BD+C from Green Business Certification Inc. and was elevated to LEED Fellow in 2017, PMP from Project Management Institute, Living Future Accredited from International Living Future Institute, GGA, GGP and GPCP from Green Building Initiative, WELL AP and WELL Faculty from the International WELL Building Institute in addition to ASHRAE Commissioning Process Management Professional.


GLOBAL GREEENTAG

Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd is an internationally recognised, 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, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and will be soon launching in the USA.  Global GreenTag programs are formally recognised in WELL™, BREEAM International, EarthCheck®, Green Star®, LOTUS® and the Malaysian Government’s MyHIJAU program and compliant with credit requirements in LEED® (PhDs and EPDs), and BREEAM® (EPDs).

DesignBUILD Report flags supply chain sustainability and tightening regulations around product compliance as core issues for buyers and specifiers in Australian construction

Global GreenTag International features in the analysis and evaluation of a new report by DesignBUILD and Diversified Communications Australia, which has released a 2018 study titled ‘An Insight Into The Ever-Changing Specifier Buying Cycle … Current Market Trends and Future Challenges. The hot issues uncovered in the survey represent a serious call for product regulations and compliance, sustainability across the entire supply chain and an increase in focus on technology to drive project efficiency and collaboration. The needs of customers also was highlighted as having ‘the greatest influence’ on product specification and buying and so was ‘trust’. .

According to the main conclusions of the 2018 report, the first core issue affecting the industry is a call to tighten regulations around product compliance, “an important finding, which indeed highlights the need to protect the industry from using unknown, potentially unsafe, uncertified or unverified products in building projects,” says David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director, who is cited in the Report’s commentary sections.

All data for the report was gathered by DesignBUILD through its survey of architecture, design and construction professionals who attend the DesignBUILD exhibition, which is held biennally in Sydney and Melbourne. The respondent sample provides clear insight into the thinking behind industry professionals, particularly in the buying process, and where they are paying attention: The most significant responses from the survey reveal:

  • 94% identify as being involved in the product specification process.
  • 71% source their product information from trade shows.
  • 63% believe imported products have a negative impact in the market.
  • 45% expect there to be a change in the way products are specified over the next 3-5 years.

However, a strong finding in the Report, was the call for sustainability across the entire supply chain by industry, indicating an important need to access products and materials that they can trust. The term sustainability, in fact, is mentioned a total of 43 times in the 22 page report and certainly highlights that sustainability and by implication a cleaner supply chain is important to the Australian industry however, what this will take also resides with industry, David Baggs comments within the Report:

“Sustainability is often considered an extra cost. But in our experience comparable quality, highly rated and sustainably certified ‘fit for purpose’ products are often competing in the marketplace head to head on cost, with little cost difference. Generally only if quality is sacrificed are cost savings possible, and the flammable cladding debacle is an example of where that path leads.”

In his Report Summary, Jamie Butler-Underwood, DesignBUILD Event Manager refers also to the responsibility of the industry to uphold standards, stating: :

“There is an evident need for defining regulations over what constitutes product conformance and compliance and where the ultimate responsibility lies across the design and build process to meet standards.  It is evident from the comments in the report that there is concern around products being re-specified during the build process and how this can compromise the design, performance and therefore compliance of a product or project.”  

“Trusting product from both domestic and overseas suppliers or manufacturers is in line with Australian standards seems to be an ongoing issue for those involved in the specification process and will be a significant challenge to address in building regulation reform”

Ultimately, what is driving the market the most in product specification and selection – the Report finds – are customers ‘Customer need’ has the greatest influence on decision making, while product source and quality and customer preference and product availability also rate highly.

Access to product information was also a feature of the Report and it was interesting to note that 59% of survey respondents “see product reviews as an important source of information … however only 41% said they trust product reviews ‘fairly well’ and that “product reviews from established publications and websites are seen to be more reputable than other sources such as social media.”

The DESIGNBUILD 2018 REPORT  findings came from a diverse cross section of professionals directly involved in the Australian building industry. The survey representation comprised:.

  • 30% Architecture
  • 22% Residential Construction
  • 16% Design
  • 13% Commercial Construction

Sectors in which respondents operated:

  • 63% residential
  • 28% retail
  • 22% corporate
  • 21% education.

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David Baggs’ Contribution to Driving Sustainability Honoured by Australian Institute of Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International to Life Fellow for his “exemplary contribution” to the built environment.

News of the Life Fellow award was sent by Clare Cousins, the AIA’s National President, honouring David’s “long term and principled involvement in architecture, practice and service to the profession and the wider community.”

The AIA National President said of David: “Your contribution to the institute over many years, as well as a passionate advocate for sustainable future in the built environment has been highly valued and appreciated by members and staff alike.”

David, who received notification of his award while in the USA last month during the launch of Global GreenTag International in the Americas, said: “I must say the news took me completely by surprise and I am very honoured to be recognised by an institution that I respect greatly and who I have been a member with since my early days as a green architect and exploring energy efficiency, passive energy sources and the beauty of earth covered building design.  I thank the National Council and staff of the AIA for bestowing this great honour and it continues to be a great pleasure to serve the built environment and profession as I have evolved over the years into the fields of materials specialisation and sustainable product certification to simplify and facilitate sustainable action by the broader profession, which I am absolutely passionate about.”

Global GreenTag International also congratulates David. The company’s Managing Director, Mary-Lou Kelly, says “this is a well-deserved honour for David and we are very proud of him.”


GLOBAL GREEENTAG

Global GreenTag Certifications, Declarations and Verifications take deep scientific health and sustainability assessments and turn them into intuitive product ratings and reports to simplify the A&D and Construction sectors’ green product decisions.

Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd is an internationally recognised, 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, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Americas (Canada, North and Latin America). Global GreenTag programs are formally recognised in WELL™, BREEAM International, EarthCheck®, Green Star®, LOTUS® and the Malaysian Government’s MyHIJAU program and compliant with credit requirements in LEED® (PhDs and EPDs), and BREEAM® (EPDs).

Welcome Graphenstone to our new Green Heroes video series

 

Global GreenTag International has launched a new ‘Green Heroes’ video series and the first video is with Jorge A. Gil Álvarez, Managing Director of Graphenstone Asia and South Pacific, who tells us why the ecological paints and coatings manufacturer chose to be certified under the Global GreenTag International Standard.

An industrial engineer with international business development and sales experience,  Jorge A. Gil Álvarez talks about Graphenstone’s pathway to certification with Global GreenTag and achieving some impressive ratings for the company’s Graphenstone® Mineral Paints and Primers  – including both a GreenRate Level A award and a Global GreenTag Gold HEALTH PhD as well. 

Upcoming Green Heroes videos include interviews with ModWood Technologies, Billi,  Stormtech and Assa Abloy.

 

Modern Slavery Act – What Are You Doing About It?

Following the anticipated enactment of the Commonwealth of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act and in light of the enactment of the New South Wales Government’s Modern Slavery Act 2018, legislation is already a reality for companies operating in NSW.  Global GreenTag International CEO and Program Director David Baggs says: “the torch light has already been turned on – and it’s really time to do something about understanding the Act and its expectations, fully.”

David is to take a platform later this month in Sydney by invitation from leaders of the Design Futures Council  (DFC) and DesignIntelligence Australia to help bring the realities of the Act forward at a public function.  The event on August 21st  – Sustainable Supply Chains – Fighting Modern Slavery will deal directly with what Modern Slavery legislation means for the business community and especially the built environment sector that is the dominant dealer in the global supply chain.

David will join lead speaker Scott Alden, Partner and procurement expert with law firm Holding Redlich, Sally Irwin, Managing Director of The Freedom Hub and Alexia Lidas, Managing Director of the Design Futures Council and a board member of the Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) to examine the modernisation of the supply chain, covering:

  • What modern slavery is
  • Modern Slavery in Australia – it exists
  • An overview of the legislation
  • Predictions on the implications for future contracting
  • What material and products have had modern slavery traced in the supply chain?
  • How to get verified?

As an early responder to the Modern Slavery Act – Global GreenTag was one of the core group of companies that pledged support behind the Australian Human Rights Commission’s call for Modern Slavery legislation in late 2017.  The company moved quickly to bring the successful Ethical Labour Sourcing tool designed by BRE in the UK to develop a new company assessment tool for Australia that will serve all kinds of businesses to help eliminate possibilities of trafficking or slavery in product supply chains and aid tracking and reporting.

“It is already something Global GreenTag has done at a product level – but now we can support companies, verifiers and the industry in general to engage with the new legislation in as cost efficient a manner possible,” says David.

Alexia Lidas from DFC says “an out of sight, out of mind mentality to the legislation is no longer an option … we have a moral obligation to ensure we are not unconsciously supporting modern slavery.” Plus, she adds, companies need to do a closer reading of the legislation because it won’t only be targeting companies making $50 million plus revenue to provide Modern Slavery Statements, this is a misconception.

“The legislation has been designed so that the mandated formal reporting is undertaken by entities that can carry the burden of additional admin, and are assumedly procuring larger amounts, making them the best focus area. However, they can be penalised for the activity of firms within their supply chain- meaning that although their immediate practices could be squeaky clean, if they have purchased from a firm which has modern slavery in their supply chain- they can be penalised. This domino effect means that each firm has a part to play in ensuring that the supply chain is free of modern slavery – irrespective of their turn-over.”

Procurement expert, Scott Alden, Partner at Holding Redlich also predicts how this might play out in future contracts, adding:

“This will become an increasingly common feature of commercial contracts requiring parties to monitor and address risks of modern slavery in their supply chains.  With penalties of over $1 million dollars for non-compliance with these new laws, we can expect to see specific indemnities where one party causes another to suffer a fine in relation to its Modern Slavery Statement”.

Global GreenTag’s development of the BRE Ethical Labour Sourcing (ELS) Standard will enable Australian companies to engage more confidently with the Modern Slavery legislation, using the Standard to self-assess or to submit to a more robust level using a third party verification process, which GreenTag will assess to provide assurance of their responsible and ethical business practices and provide a maturity pathway for continuous improvement.

The Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard specifies the requirements for organisational management to demonstrate an on-going commitment to the principles of ethical labour sourcing as part of a holistic framework. The framework comprises criteria for evaluating the maturity of the performance of the organisation under twelve issues. The overall verification is not based on an aggregation of the levels of maturity in these issues, but is based on a commitment to improve through an agreed set of objectives.

If you would like to attend this event and find out more, please register HERE

 

Sustainable Supply Chains -Fighting Modern Slavery

DATE:

Tue. 21 August 2018

TIME:

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm AEST

LOCATION

Holding Redlich, 65/19 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000

 

The Design Futures Council (DFC) is a DesignIntelligence gathering of development, architecture, design, engineering, construction, product, and technology leaders who explore global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of architecture, engineering, construction (A/E/C) and design. Each year the DFC convenes summits on issues of strategic importance to leaders: technology and applied innovation, collaboration, education and talent, sustainability, and the business of design.

The DFC is committed to supporting the A/E/C community by providing information and understanding of trends and future issues. The Council creates context in which leaders from member firms can work with one another—as well as leading thinkers from outside industries—to tackle complex challenges and opportunities in A/E/C.

 

Website

https://designfuturescouncil.com/

Global GreenTag International Partners with BRE to roll out Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard for Australia

Global GreenTag International is moving quickly to help activate Australia’s first ever Modern Slavery Act with the development of a new company assessment tool for Australia that will help to eliminate possibilities of trafficking or slavery in product supply chains and aid tracking and reporting.

In partnership with BRE, the UK based, international, multi-disciplinary building science centre, Global GreenTag International is developing a localised version of BRE’s pioneering Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard (ELS) and associated product assessment process – ahead of the anticipated enactment of the Commonwealth of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act and in light of the enactment of the New South Wales Government’s Modern Slavery Act 2018.

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director for Global GreenTag said, “Global GreenTag is partnering with BRE to bring a mature ELS tool to Australia at a time when Modern Slavery legislation has been enacted in NSW and is likely to be introduced federally later this year or next year. We have been engaging with BRE from the time that we formally supported the Australian Human Rights Commission’s call for Modern Slavery legislation in late 2017. It is already something Global GreenTag does at a product level and we want to be able to support companies, verifiers and the industry in general to engage with the new legislation in as cost efficient a manner possible. This collaboration will certainly do that.”

Nigel Jones, Team Leader – Sustainable Products at BRE said “The Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard for Australia will enable any organisation to demonstrate to customers, partners and other stakeholders, their commitment to eliminating any possibility of trafficking or slavery in their supply chain. It will enable companies to go beyond compliance with the outlined reporting requirements of the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 which was introduced to the Australian Parliament at the end of June”.

The Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard has been created to recognise those who wish to seek third party assurance of their responsible and ethical business practices and provide a maturity pathway for continuous improvement.

The Standard specifies the requirements for organisational management to demonstrate an on-going commitment to the principles of ethical labour sourcing as part of a holistic framework. The framework comprises criteria for evaluating the maturity of the performance of the organisation under twelve issues. The overall verification is not based on an aggregation of the levels of maturity in these issues, but is based on a commitment to improve through an agreed set of objectives.

Participation in the standard can be achieved through self-assessment or to a more robust level using third party verification through the easy-to-use online ELS platform.

David Baggs (left) signs agreements with Shamir Ghumra, Director of BREEAM and Sustainable Products at BRE in the UK last month – to develop the Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard (ELS) for Australia and for the Licence to enable BRE to deliver the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ program for construction products in the UK and Western Europe.

 

Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd is an internationally recognised, 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, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and Malaysia. Global GreenTag programs are formally recognised in WELL™, BREEAM International, EarthCheck®, Green Star®, LOTUS® and the Malaysian Government’s MyHIJAU program and compliant with credit requirements in LEED® (PhDs and EPDs), and BREEAM® (EPDs).

For further information, about Global GreenTag, or to organise an interview with David Baggs, please contact Debra Robertson by email: marketing@globalgreentag.com or by phone: 1300 263 586 or mobile: 0412 589 588

www.globalgreentag.com  www.globalgreentag.co.za www.globalgreentag.cn

BRE Building a better world together is an international, multi-disciplinary, building science centre with a mission to improve buildings through research and knowledge generation. We are owned by a charity called the BRE Trust, which is the largest single funder of education and research for the built environment. We use our cutting edge collaborative research to develop a range of digital products, services, standards and qualifications that are adopted around the world to bring about positive change in the built environment. www.bregroup.com

For further information about BRE, please contact Linda McKeown email linda.mckeown@bre.co.uk

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Global GreenTag International Awards Product Health Declaration License to BRE for UK and Western Europe Construction Products

BRE – the UK based, international, multi-disciplinary building science centre – has launched a new service with the licence to now deliver the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ program for construction products in the UK and Western Europe.

Global GreenTag’s PhD™ is a world first material health & ingredient transparency reporting service for green building and interiors products.

The Global GreenTag PhD assessment and reporting process delivers easily understood information relating to the entire life cycle of a construction product so that specifiers can confidently make informed materials and product selections.

According to Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director, David Baggs “GreenTag PhDs use world’s best practice chemical hazards research (including from the EU REACH and Globally Harmonised Systems), risk assessment and audit processes, all peer reviewed by Consultant Toxicologist, to determine and transparently report the health impacts of products (if any) on both workers and end users.”

Nigel Jones, Team Leader – Sustainable Products at BRE said ‘This is a unique tool the industry can use to drive forward the healthy and high performance buildings agenda for the benefit of people – we are pleased to provide this service to our customers ’.

The new Global GreenTag PhD service complements BRE’s international capabilities with services that are recognised in the International WELL™ Building Standard (WELL) Standard and compliant with credit requirements in the LEED® v4.0 rating tool globally with key roles in ingredient hazard assessment and enabling of product health optimisation.

In addition to the simple reporting format, Global GreenTag PhDs also provide the product with a HeathRATE™ rating of the product with graphic Tags showing the BronzeHEALTH™, SilverHEALTH™, GoldHEALTH™ and PlatinumHEALTH™ rating outcomes, for one-glance understanding of ‘in use’ product health.

Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd is an internationally recognised, 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, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and Malaysia. Global GreenTag programs are formally recognised in WELL™, BREEAM International, EarthCheck®, Green Star®, LOTUS® and the Malaysian Government’s MyHIJAU program and compliant with credit requirements in LEED® (PhDs and EPDs), and BREEAM® (EPDs).

For further information, about Global GreenTag, or to organise an interview with David Baggs, please contact Debra Robertson by email: marketing@globalgreentag.com or by phone: 1300 263 586 or mobile: 0412 589 588

www.globalgreentag.com  www.globalgreentag.co.za  www.globalgreentag.cn

BRE Building http://www.globalgreentag.@Globalco.zaa better world together is an international, multi-disciplinary, building science centre with a mission to improve buildings through research and knowledge generation. We are owned by a charity called the BRE Trust, which is the largest single funder of education and research for the built environment. We use our cutting edge collaborative research to develop a range of digital products, services, standards and qualifications that are adopted around the world to bring about positive change in the built environment. www.bregroup.com

For further information about BRE, please contact Linda McKeown email linda.mckeown@bre.co.uk

www.bre.co.uk

INVITATION for EXPRESSIONS of INTEREST: GLOBAL GREENTAG INTERNATIONAL SALES & MARKETING LICENSEES

Global GreenTag International is a globally recognised product certification, ecolabel and world first LCA based product rating scheme currently certifying nearly 2000 products for approximately 200 local and global companies with factories in over 22 countries.

The Global GreenTag Certification scheme also delivers a unique Product Health Declaration (PhD) that rates the healthiness of products in use with a HealthRATE Mark and also an EN 15804 compliant Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program that derives a CarbonRATE Mark.

Global GreenTag’s Certificates, PhDs and EPDs are recognised with in major international green building, interior, infrastructure and design, as-built and performance rating tools including THE International WELL™ Building Standard (WELL), Green Star®, BREEAM International, Green Mark International, Infrastructure Sustainability rating tool and several country based programs including LOTUS (Vietnam) and MyHIJAU (Malaysia). GreenTag EPDs and PhDs are also LEED v4.0 compliant.

With Headquarters in Australia, Global GreenTag International has wholly owned companies in South Africa and Malaysia, Licensee sales and marketing operations in China, and a pending PhD only Licensee in UK and EU.

Global GreenTag is  currently seeking Expressions of Interest from parties as Sales and Marketing Licensees for other key Territories and potential manufacturer technical (data acquisition) consulting services including:

  • USA;
  • Canada
  • MENA
  • India
  • UK; and
  • EU

If you are a company with an established track record in green building and infrastructure sector sales capability and networks with interest in representing a new product certification entrant into the above markets but with an established market presence and unique product offerings, please contact David Baggs at ceo@globalgreentag.com

More about Global GreenTag International

Global GreenTag International simplifies the selection of sustainable products for the green building, interiors and infrastructure sectors, using Global GreenTagCertTM  one of the most scientifically advanced certification systems and standards in the world.

The Global GreenTag certification process assesses and ranks products through leading Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) based product ecolabelling, rating, Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Product Health Declaration (PhD) programs.

In fact, Global GreenTagCertTM was the first certification standard in the world to implement unique ‘Beyond LCA’ life cycle product assessment (LCA), a first ever ‘Net Positive’ benefit analysis, and more recently also HealthRATE, CarbonRATE Marks togther with Best Environmental Practice PVC assessments to deepen the certification and rating of green building, interiors, infrastructure, personal, cleaning and consumables products for both B2B and B2C sectors.

Subsequently, Global GreenTag certification has become one of the most trusted marks behind some of world’s most iconic brands who are all working to reverse their manufacturing impacts on the environment and human health. Brands including Interface, Polyflor, Mohawk, Karndean, Herman Miller, Knauf, Kingspan, AMF, Armstrong, Tarkett, Vertilux, Verosol, DuPont, CSR, Boral USG, Herman Miller, Porcelanosa, and many more.

Global GreenTag International continuously extends boundaries of product certification as an externally certified ISO 9001 organisation, ISO 17065 compliant conformance assessment body and ISO 14024 compliant ecolabelling program.

Its Global GreenTagCertTM  certification standard is also recognised by leading green building programs – Green Star® NZ, Australia and Africa, WELLTM  Building Standard, Vietnam Green building Council’s LOTUS® tool, ‘IS’ (Infrastructure, Sustainability, Australia and NZ), Malaysia’s MyHIJAU labelling program, EnviroDevelopment™ and compliant with relevant USBGC LEED v4 Materials credits.

Global GreenTag has also attracted many industry awards that recognise its contribution to green product certification. These include the UK BUILD Magazine Innovators in Production – Australia Award in 2017. In 2015 and 2016, Australia’s ‘Architecture and Design’ and ‘Infolink’ readers voted Global GreenTag as one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Trusted Brands and in 2016-2017, it became the only ecolabel in Australia to feature in the Top 100 most trusted brands. A total of 23 companies and brands ie 23% of the Top 100 Most Trusted Brands in Australia certified or under certification with Global GreenTag International– also won positions in the 2016-17 readers’ readers’ poll, including first place overall for GreenTag manufacturer –Weathertex.

In 2013 Global GreenTag was honoured to receive, the construction sector Banksia Award, Australia’s Premier Sustainability awards.

Global GreenTagCertTM operates under the following international standards

  • Externally certified to ISO 9001 for Quality Management
  • Externally verified as compliant to:
  • ISO 14024 for Type 1 (Third Party) Ecolabels and
  • ISO 17065 for Conformance Assessment Bodies
  • Certification is compliant to ISO 14040 & ISO 14044 for LCA
  • ISO 14067 for Greenhouse Gas calculation
  • ISO 14025 for Environmental Product Declarations and
  • ISO 21930 and EN 15804 for specific need EPDs
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), US Trade Marks & Patents Office, Canadian IP Office Approved Certification Mark, Trade Marks Madrid Protocol and EU Common Mark Registered.

See also: www.globalgreentag.com, www.globalgreentag.cn, www.globalgreentag.co.za 

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?

REGISTER FOR TOTAL FACILITIES 2018

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: manufacturers@globalgreentag.com

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

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: manufacturers@globalgreentag.com

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

Cube

Workstation

Symphony

Composition Acoustic Fabric

Greenstuf Underfloor Insulation

Greenstuf Acoustic Insulation

Greenstuf Thermal Insulation

Vertiface

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: manufacturers@globalgreentag.com

 

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.

MOVE INTO THE WELL MARKET

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!

READ MORE TO BE WELL ALIGNED

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

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE Free PhDTM Offer*

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

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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: manufacturers@globalgreentag.com

*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

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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
Ausbil
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
WEstjustice

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: lizette@globalgreentag.com

 

Located outside of Africa? Contact David Baggs: david.baggs@globalgreentag.com

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.

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.

Venue: MELBOURNE CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE

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

 

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

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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.

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

University

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.”