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

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

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

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

David Baggs, GreenTag Program Director – CEO

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

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

Rebecca Best, GIGA – Chief Marketing Officer

About Global GreenTag International

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

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

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

For more information, contact: David Baggs ceo@globalgreentag.com | www.globalgreentag.com

About GIGA

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

For more information, contact: Rebecca Best | r.best@giga.build | www.origin.build

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GLOBAL GREENTAG INTERNATIONAL BEGINS BUSINESS IN MAINLAND CHINA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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The Sustainable Way Forward: To Build To Procure To Specify

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

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

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

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

The GreenTag panel will be uncovering ways for delegates to:

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

THE SUSTAINABLE WAY FORWARD: TO BUILD TO PROCURE TO SPECIFY 

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

Venue: SYDNEY – ROYAL HALL OF INDUSTRIES – HORDERN PAVILLION

REGISTER FREE TICKETS HERE

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

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’ 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.

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.

The Business Benefits Of Ecolabelling

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learning outcomes for seminar participants will include:

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

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

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

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

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Global GreenTag Flips The Focus On Negative Impacts To Positive!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driving ‘Beyond LCA’ Metrics for Net Positive Cities

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

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

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

Positive LCA Factoring Planetary Boundaries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The paper found:

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

Global GreenTag Delivering Papers at SETAC in Brussels

Global GreenTag personnel in collaboration with the Ecquate Evah Institute are presenting papers in Brussels this week at SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) European Forum.

SETAC is a not-for profit, global professional society established in 1979 to explore theories and advances in ecological risk assessment and life-cycle assessment, chemical manufacture and distribution, management and regulation of natural resources, and the study, analysis, and solution of environmental problems.

David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director is presenting the paper: Driving ‘Beyond LCA’ Metrics for Net Positive Cities at the forum on May 8.

Delwyn Jones, Director of the Ecquate Evah Institute, is presenting: Positive LCA Factoring Planetary Boundaries on May 9.

Mathilde Vlieg, Product Assessor with Global GreenTag, is presenting: Forest Product LCA: Carbon Form, Fire, Fuel and Fate Rules on May 9.        

                      

Driving ‘Beyond LCA’ Metrics for Net Positive Cities

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David Bagg’s paper (authored with Delwyn, Mathilde and GreenTag’s Lead Products Assessor, Shloka Ashar) will present CASE studies using metrics and tools that will show how to measure progress towards true sustainability across the whole built environment – from products to buildings and infrastructure for cities.  Included in his address, David will be presenting:

  • 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

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

“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 extends life cycle assessment (LCA) beyond impact assessment (LCIA) to consider benefit assessment (LCBA) integrating planetary boundaries, stating 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 the case, Delwyn tables preliminary results from a residential high rise garbage chute over 60 years use – cradle to grave – and results show:

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

To quantify positive outcomes, the proposed LCBA theory, Delwyn’s paper 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

Mathilde Vlieg’s paper (authored with Delwyn Jones and Shloka Ashar) outlines 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 have long struggled with this issue, the paper claims, as there are unique fundamental challenges in modelling e.g., forest forms, history, habitat richness, species diversity and management.

Mathilde’s presentation will show 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, warning 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 reviews 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.”

GreenTag’s New PhD Health Tool Is Radical And Necessary But Also Expected To Accelerate Market Transformation

Studies that make connections between toxic products and human health issues speak for themselves, says David Baggs, CEO and Technical Director of Global GreenTag, at the launch of the ecolabel’s new Product Health Declaration™ or PhD tool in Sydney at Total Facilities 2017.  Ethically, GreenTag did not want to sit on worrying statistics much longer without doing something about it.

“GreenTag’s PhD is a radical entry into the market but it is also very necessary because it addresses human health concerns directly – we have the first system globally to assess the health impacts of the final product – and not just the hazards of the ingredients.”

Tracking product toxicity is important, says David.  Australian businesses lose up to $28 billion annually in lost production and wages due to employee ill health, yet what is largely unknown by Australian business owners, is that toxic ingredients hidden in products used in workplace buildings are a significant culprit of workplace sickness.

GreenTag’s PhD, he said, is finally going to push for transparency to disclose risks and hazards in products used in workplaces and, in Australian homes too.

Industry observers at the PhD launch (including Kerryn Wilmot, Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS, Robin Mellon, CEO of Supply Chain Sustainability School, Reza Karani, Technical Marketing & Sustainability Manager at Tarkett Australia and Dr Max Deuble, Senior ESD Consultant at EMF Griffiths) welcomed the new tool and some called the tool a game changer, particularly for the built environment industry.

The first PhD certificate, said David, has already been issued.  Building manufacturer Weathertex were the first to make the leap and other manufacturers like Amorim Wicanders flooring have signed on as well, to have their product claims made transparent and examined further.

Also welcoming the PhD for its potential to help transform the Australian building market, Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation at the Green Building Council of Australia stated:

“When most people spend 90 per cent of their time indoors, there is a huge potential for our buildings – and the products within them – to positively influence the health and wellbeing of occupants. We support innovative approaches, like the PhD Product Heath Declaration, that can accelerate market transformation.”

GreenTag’s PhD was motivated by a number of studies, said David, that have concluded the need for firmer risk mitigation strategies to be brought into the supply chain to help prevent toxic products being used in workplaces and homes. He said:

“We already know from studies 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.”

“Even 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,” said David.

Yet, he added, it has also been proven in a variety of other studies, including a workplace study by Sustainability Victoria who retrofitted their own offices with a range of strategies, including low toxicity products, that employees became healthier as a result.

“Sick leave was reduced by 30% and productivity went up an extraordinary 45%.”

In order to achieve a PhD HEALTH certification rating, GreenTag will require manufacturers to provide 100 percent transparency – to 100 parts per million – of any product’s individual ingredients’ toxicity information. The tool, adds David, will:

  • Support product manufacturers “doing the right thing” who are prepared to disclose toxicity information.
  • Reduce risks for building professionals to confidently make distinctions between products that are safer for human health and those that are not and, make it easier to communicate health related product decisions to clients/and building occupiers.
  • Also, respect the rise up of conscious consumers, who studies show want healthier choices and greater access to more authentic product information, which they can trust because “Absolute transparency brings total peace of mind”.

For the green building movement, GreenTag’s PhD will be working hand in hand with building rating schemes like the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star tools; as well as supporting designers attempting to rate projects through other rating tools with a health focus.

170403 PhD_Launch_Group_Shot 1 600xPhD Launch in Sydney (pictured from left to right)  Brett Hazlett, Product Sales Assessor, Global GreenTag;  Mary-Lou Kelly, Director & Co-Founder, Global GreenTag;  Reza Karani, Technical Marketing & Sustainability Manager, Tarkett Australia;  David Baggs, CEO & Technical Director, Global GreenTag.

For more information or to talk further with David Baggs, please contact Debra Robertson, marketing@globalgreentag.com or by phone:  1300 263 586

GreenTag Goes to War on Hidden Toxins in Australian Homes

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Inside the Australian home can be a health hazard with a range of unsuspecting products hiding toxic ingredients that are risky for families (even unborn babies) to live with, but a radical new certification tool for delving into product toxicity, designed by Global GreenTag International, is set to finally expose and disclose these hazards to help consumers make healthier buying decisions.

Called a Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ the new certification tool will be the first of its kind in the world. The tool was launched today in Sydney at Total Facilities 2017 by David Baggs, CEO and Technical Director of GreenTag who told a packed industry audience:

“A product health declaration of this level is a radical entry into the market but it is very necessary. We have known for a long time from studies that negative human health issues are connected to product toxicity, causing skin irritations, allergies, reproductive and endocrine defects, cancer and other illnesses.  Unfortunately, there are personal care,  cleaning and even building and interiors products still being sold that hide toxins and volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde, BPA and banned Phthalates in composite wood panels, packaging or fabrics, or solvents from wood lacquers, which have a disproportionately high impact on small children and can even have significant affects on babies while they are still in the womb.”

The PhD health tool will demand of manufacturers a 100 percent transparency to 100 parts per million of any product’s individual ingredients’ toxicity information to make a PhD HEALTH certification rating.  The good news is, GreenTag announced, a number of progressive manufacturers in Australia and Europe have already signed up.

For professional users, the GreenTag PhD tool will also work hand in hand with building rating platforms, including Green Star®, WELL®, LEED® and BREEAM® and industry delegates welcomed the tool as a positive boost for building professionals who need critical and transparent specification information to reduce risks in designing for healthy interiors, and workplace efficiency.

Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation at the Green Building Council of Australia said:

“When most people spend 90 per cent of their time indoors, there is a huge potential for our buildings – and the products within them – to positively influence the health and wellbeing of occupants. We support innovative approaches, like the PhD Product Health Declaration, that can accelerate market transformation.”

 

Global GreenTag’s job is to assess the toxicity of products against the classification and labelling of chemicals under the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) originally developed by the United Nations.  Three categories of hazards are assessed and organised as to how they can affect human health and also environmental health.

Behind the development of GreenTag’s latest certification process – the Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ – are a number of third party studies that link product health with human health.  The most recent evidence which addresses product toxicity and impacts on human health were highlighted in a study from the US, released in 2016, in which dust studies were conducted for their window into chemicals present in a range of typical indoor scenarios, particularly residential.

The study published by the American Chemical Society (ACS) found a concerning combination of chemicals present and leaching or gassing off from products that people take in daily through their skin and airways.

The study found:

  • Nine general hazard traits associated with 35 chemicals that were both included in the intake assessment and were listed under the Safer Consumer Products Candidate Chemical Listings.

The study identified:

  • Exposure to one or more of these chemical classes has been associated with adverse health effects including reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, cognitive and behavioral impairment in children, cancer, asthma, immune dysfunction, and chronic disease.

The study called for:

  • A full understanding of these household level drivers of high exposure is critical to the development of mitigation strategies including regulatory interventions.

GreenTag’s product assessment procedures for Australia, which now includes the Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ are aligned to the new GHS system, from January 1st, 2017, which  also applies to all workplace hazardous chemicals in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, TAS, NT and Commonwealth systems under the GHS and the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and their Hazardous Substances Information System.

Within this scope, GreenTag’s assessment procedures address risk of hazards pertaining to human health, such as carcinogenicity, also risks to the  environment, such as toxic  release  to waterways and of course physical hazards – a pertinent category, especially in light of the urgent need in recent years in the Australian building industry that has seen a number of fire outbreaks, due in part to flammability in the  chemical components in sub-par and uncertified materials.

For more information or to speak further with David Baggs,  please contact Debra Robertson, marketing@globalgreentag.com or Phone 1300 263 586 | +61 7 3399 9686

 

CHANGING THE WAY WE SEE PRODUCTS FOREVER … Get ready for the next generation of authentic product information

Consumer concern for product transparency is a significant problem for the built environment industries but Global GreenTag International is set to present the market with a solution.

GreenTag is launching an important new transparency tool for delving into product information that is going to empower manufacturers and building professionals to deliver projects with a level of transparency that has never been seen before.

The conscious consumer is on the rise, says Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director David Baggs.  We need to change the way we see products forever. Consumers are making it their business to ask for trustworthy, authentic product information and, especially if it concerns risks that are associated with products that are selected for the buildings they are going to occupy.

Unveiling the new tool at a  Media Launch on the opening day of Total Facilities 2017 David Baggs is going reveal how the new tool will work, to:

  • Build greater market trust in manufacturers whose brands are certified with the new tool;
  • Increase the integrity of firms, building professionals and facility managers who use the tool in designing and specifying on projects – and work in systems like Green Star, WELL and LEED;
  • Simplify complex but critical product information that all stakeholders can easily understand and communicate with greater confidence and,
  • Influence bigger changes for the built environment industries in Australia and throughout the world.
Media Launch Details – at Total Facilities 2017

Wednesday 29 March
11:00 am – 12:30am
Room 5.3 (Level 5)
International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour

REGISTER FOR LAUNCH HERE 

(limited placed available)

For further information, please contact: Debra Robertson

Email marketing@globalgreentag.com   I Phone 1300 263 586 | +61 7 3399 9686

About David Baggs:  

David Baggs is CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTagCertTM  and a multi-award winning green building architect and world renowned sustainability and materials expert with over 35 years experience.

Voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and one of the Top 100 Sustainability Leaders Globally, David also is a Member of the American Chemical Society, an Exemplar Global Lead Auditor and a Past President of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society.

About Global GreenTag:  

Global GreenTag Certification standards are recognised in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, Africa and SE Asia and in over 70 other countries.  GreenTag is also the only sustainable building product related certification scheme approved in Australia by the ACCC.

The Global GreenTag certification mark is  the first ecolabel in the world to  implement a unique ‘Beyond LCA’ life cycle assessment (LCA) and the first ever to provide a  ‘Net Positive’ benefit analysis to certify and rate green buildings and interiors.

Some of world’s most iconic brands, including Interface, Polyflor, Laminex, Desso, Dunlop, Knauf, Armstrong, Tarkett, Vertilux, Verosol, CSR, Herman Miller and Schiavello are backed by GreenTag certification.

 

AN EXTRA LAYER OF TRUST FOR GREENTAG CERTIFIED PRODUCTS … GreenTag is NOW Verified ISO 17065 and ISO 9001:2008

Global GreenTag International certification has stepped up to another league with external international standards recognition by certification body DNV-GL .  The announcement propels  the GreenTag  eco-label and certification mark – already the most advanced in Australia – to a new level of industry  trust around the globe, which is great news for GreenTag certified products!

As a leading conformance body, GreenTag now holds external verification that is compliant to  ISO 17065 (pertaining to the rules for certification bodies) and ISO 9001:2008 (pertaining to the quality management system of GreenTag’s certification processes).   The GreenTag  certification mark was already externally verified to ISO 14024 by the certification body Compass in 2015.

To be Externally Verified at these ISO standards adds an additional layer of confidence for GreenTag   – providing assurance for manufacturers who submit their products to be certified by the label and also for industry professionals, government bodies  and GreenTag certified product end users.

Gaining  DNV-GL  Verification also assures the market that GreenTag  assessors are competent to carry out certification procedures at the high levels  that have  been set by the Global GreenTag International Certification Standard V.4  and also the rules set out for  Peer Review Assessments.

Speaking on the announcement, GreenTag’s Co-Founder, Program Director and CEO David Baggs states that it has always been critical that GreenTag stands out as an independent and scientifically robust certification body and also as an innovative label.

GreenTag is a certification leader in many ways.  In Australia, it is the only ACCC approved certification mark in the building sector.   GreenTag is also renowned for being  the  first certifier  in the world to introduce  Life Cycle Analysis and Beyond LCA assessment.

GreenTag’s  team of product assessors and the label’s National Advisory Committee, says David, are continuously guided by GreenTag’s mission to protect and regenerate natural systems and resources by supporting manufacturers, professionals and consumers with certification standards and metrics that encourage growth and greater market demand for healthy, safe and earth friendly products.

The GreenTag mission  is commensurate in many ways, says David, with the high standards of DNV-GL, whose  purpose  is to help make the world safer, smarter and greener.  “GreenTag’s aim is to offer product certification at the highest levels and our goal is to keep pushing those levels higher. We already have some new developments in the pipeline.”

“We have not ceased our development to improve the GreenTag certification system since we launched in 2010, and this is why we apply to one of the toughest auditing firms in the world to verify our processes.”

“We want GreenTag to be a leader in the certification field. To be that, it is crucial that we also submit GreenTag’s internal processes to undergo the same high level of scrutiny for  transparency and  information disclosure that we place on product claims and take manufacturers through.”

GreenTag Certifiers Ready to Roll With New GHS Requirements

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Major changes to OH&S requirements are here and GreenTag is ready for the legislative requirements that have been introduced in Australia with  respect to the new legislative requirement for classification and labelling of chemicals under the  Globally Harmonised System (GHS) originally developed by the United Nations.

The use of the GHS is now mandatory from  January 1st, 2017, having been announced in 2012 by the Safe Work Australia and introduced into Global GreenTag Standards commencing also in 2012 and has consequently played some small part in helping to establish the use of GHS in the market since – just  as it also has in the development and growth of LCA  (Life Cycle Assessment),   EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) and a soon to be announced new declaration, currently under wraps.

In terms of chemical classification and labelling under the new look GHS, GreenTag is ready.

GreenTag  product assessment procedures are aligned to the new system, which  applies to all workplace hazardous chemicals in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, TAS, NT and Commonwealth systems under the GHS and the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and their Hazardous Substances Information System.

GreenTag  product assessors, whose job is to rate products with careful consideration of any chemical risks in products under certification, gladly welcome  the new GHS system – for its clarity and opportunity to increase demands for transparency and greater product disclosure.

The new GHS system provides enhanced  criteria by which to classify hazards, including  risk of hazards pertaining to human health, such as carcinogenicity, risks to the  environment , such as toxic  release  to waterways and of course physical hazards – a pertinent category, especially in light of the urgent need in recent years in the Australian building industry that has seen a number of fire outbreaks, due in part to flammability in the  chemical components in sub-par and uncertified materials.

Under the GHS new system, all manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users of hazardous chemicals will be required to observe legislative requirements  to manage the risks associated with hazardous chemicals in the workplace.  This will include  ensuring the safe use, handling and storage of chemicals, as well as specific duties under the model Work Health and Safety Regulations.

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Under the GHS there are nine new Hazard Pictograms:

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Hazard Descriptions

In plain text contexts, the GHS uses the words ‘Danger’ and ‘Warning’ as signals to indicate the relative level of severity of a hazard. ‘Danger’ being used for more severe or significant hazards, with ‘Warning’ being used for less severe hazards.

Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements are assigned to a class and category that describes the nature of the hazards of a substance, including where appropriate, the degree of hazard, e.g. the hazard statement ’Toxic if swallowed’ is the Hazard Statement for Acute Toxicity category 3 (Oral).

Precautionary Statements describe the recommended measures that should be taken to minimise or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure, or improper storage or handling of a hazardous chemical. The GHS precautionary statements cover prevention, response, storage and disposal.

Hazard and precautionary statements replace the ‘Risk’ and ‘Safety’ phrases required under previous laws.

For more information, see the classification and labelling for workplace hazardous chemicals poster

READ MORE IN FULL the article  in Sourceable by David Baggs, CEO of GreenTag  who expands on the new changes for Australia. https://sourceable.net/new-ohs-chemical-classification-system-launches-in-oz/

 

GreenTag Certified Weathertex Voted #1 Most Trusted Brand in Australia!

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Weathertex has taken FIRST PLACE in Architecture & Design’s annual Top Trusted Brands readers’ survey for 2016. The much anticipated poll reveals Australia’s 100 best brands in the architecture, building, construction and design industries.

The GreenTag certified Australian company came out on top from 341 nominated brands and a total of 13,456 votes as Australia’s favourite building product brand.

GreenTag also made it into the top 100 trusted brands along with twenty three other nominated GreenTag related brands.

“Green certification is certainly making an impact, “ says David Baggs, GreenTag’s CEO.  “We are thrilled for Weathertex’s result and also that 24% of all products in  the Top 100 are GreenTag clients.  Not to mention our own improved performance and presence as the only Product Certification Program in this year’s Top 100 most trusted brands.   You can’t beat #1 position, however, and Weathertex, which achieved a GreenTag Platinum certified status in 2016 as well,  most definitely deserves this level of recognition by the industry.”

The 2016 survey revealed the common themes associated with a trusted brand, includes great service, products and reliability – as well as other socially driven themes of eco-friendliness and Australian made.

Weathertex placed  first overall in the survey, followed by Dulux Australia and Bluescope Lysaght.  The company also won NUMBER 1 most trusted brand within the external cladding category.

Jason O’Hagan, Managing Director for Weathertex said, “This is a fantastic and a significant result for Weathertex to be recognised by our customers as the number 1 trusted brand against such large reputable corporations.  It demonstrates the hard work and commitment of our team and confirms our customers are after high quality building products that are sustainable and eco-friendly to our environment at no extra cost.”

2016 has been a year of achievements and wins for Weathertex, firstly being the FIRST MANUFACTURED PRODUCT in the world to receive GreenTag Platinum certification for their natural range and now ending the year being recognised as the MOST TRUSTED brand.

Weathertex is committed to continuing providing the best service and high quality products to our customers as well as play a crucial role in improving the sustainability of Australian construction products and practices.

David Baggs Joins Judging Panel at 4th International Green Interiors Awards

The 4th International Green Interiors Awards for 2017 is being launched in Sydney this week and David Baggs, GreenTag’s CEO has been invited for the first time by Australian Living to be a judge.

Entries for the international awards event, which has grown considerably since its inception, opens at the end of November. The shortlist for the awards will be announced on May 25th and winners will be announced on June 8th.

“The Awards are becoming a great institution,” says David Baggs. “Last year there were some fantastic entries and I look forwards to being part of the judging process to decide the winners in 2017. “

“Holding up to the world and the market place exemplary certified sustainable products for interiors projects is a huge part of GreenTag’s business. Helping to drive people and markets to fully embrace green interiors is our key agenda too because we want more people to understand both what their choices maybe doing to our planet and their health and facilitate designers to proactively choose products that help secure a safe future.”

The 2015 winners of the Green Interior Awards included designs from South Africa, Australia, USA and Austria. In 2017, the event is going further afield with support from prestigious organisations around the planet, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Israel Green Building Council and other leading eco-labels around the world who, like GreenTag, support the growth of healthier interior design and materials in which to live and work.

To play a more vital role in the event, partnering opportunities with the International Green Interior Awards are still available. If you have a green brand, it’s a great way to put yourself before a high quality audience and key industry decision makers. Plus, connect with a unique Awards program that is 100% about rewarding the use of green interior products used in projects locally and across the globe.

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MEET THE EXPERT PANEL: Nathan Aust of Toxicology and Environmental Health Consultants

Nathan Aust is GreenTag’s External Consultant Toxicologist and Peer Review member of our Expert Advisory Panel.  His responsibility is to ensure every new exemplary sustainable product we certify and each ingredient risk analysis meets world’s best practice

“We are thrilled to have Nathan involved in every new GreenTag certification and re-certification,” says GreenTag CEO David Baggs, “his experience and knowledge to help us ensure our assessment and analysis is robust and in line with world’s best knowledge and practices.”

With over 18 years experience as an Environmental Health and Occupational Hygiene professional, in both the private and public sectors, Nathan has acquired an in-depth working knowledge of the identification, assessment and management of chemical, infectious and physical hazards within our environments and their impact on human populations.

Nathan’s toxicological background has seen him undertaking numerous human health risk assessments, classifying hazardous materials and assessing applications for environmental accreditation of cleaning products.

Nathan is a registered professional in Toxicology and Risk Assessment with the Australasian College of Toxicology and Risk Assessment.

GreenTag Sponsors Seminar on Certification at Sustainable Brands Sydney 2016

Global GreenTag is proudly sponsoring and leading a seminar and panel discussion on Certification at Sustainable Brands Sydney on June 28.

Certification: Transparency Is Crucial For Building Trust And Credibility is the title of the segment and GreenTag’s Chief Executive Officer and Program Director David Baggs will be leading off a round of talks to explore the current issues of applications and perceptions of certifications within organisations.

The session will focus on why sustainability certifications should have clearly defined goals and should continually work towards achieving them with demonstrable, measurable outcomes.

Improving standards and scheme design should be an ongoing process, where standards are regularly reviewed and audited, where necessary, in order to incorporate new research and experience, claim MCI the Sustainable Brands Sydney event organisers.

These two measures ensure that everyone – whether it’s the buying public, the sustainable product manufacturer, or the certification itself – is on the same page, knowing exactly what the ecolabel represents and best practice is being upheld.

The big questions to be asked during the overall session will be: HOW valid are certifications for organisations and products? Are we over-certifying, and HOW does industry cope with the sheer number of them?

In the session, delegates will discover HOW brands can align themselves with a certification most valid for their business and their consumer and HOW to use them to access existing and new markets.

Global GreenTag and David Baggs will be joined in this session by:

  • Terence Jeyaretnam (moderating the session) of Climate Change and Sustainability Services
  • Kate Harris – Chief Executive Officer of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)
  • Trudy-Ann King – Executive Director, Market Engagement and Communications of GBCA (Green Building Council of Australia)
  • Adam Beaumont – Chief Executive Officer of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
To register and join Sustainable Brands Sydney (June 27-29) click here: http://events.sustainablebrands.com/sb16syd/