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Global GreenTag Launching in the USA

Global GreenTag International is currently launching its USA operations with the formal in country launch at the GREENBUILD International Conference and Expo in Chicago (November 14-16) with a new globalgreentag.us website, Global GreenTag’s array of advanced product certification services and machine automated global data hub presences.

The company is also currently deeply in talks regarding USA sales and marketing representation and is also reviewing expressions of interest from professionals in the North American market with experience in manufacturer focussed technical consulting and facilitation.

It is a perfect time for GreenTag to be opening in the US,” says David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.

“We will be positioned at the GREENBUILD expo as part of the Mindful Materials Pavilion and will be taking an active role in a public workshop, teaming up with GIGA’s innovative product data hub – ORIGIN.build to launch our full API enabled directory of certified green building materials and products on the platform for use by US and global built environment professionals and to work with ecomedes to officially launch the entrance of GreenTag certified products available in the US on ecomedes.com – the largest database of curated building product information needed for US Federal and State green building compliance.

Global GreenTag is already recognized in the US by the International WELL™ Building Standard and is compliant with the US Green Building Council’s LEED® v4 building rating program. The USGBC and IWBI agreed ‘WELL and LEED Crosswalk’ document provides the guidance professionals need to understand the inter-relationships between these important rating tools and in effect, Global GreenTag as well.

“GreenTag has come a long way since launching Global GreenTag Certification just a few years ago,” says David. “We were the first company in the world to introduce an LCA based product rating ecolabel scheme that today certifies nearly 2000 products for approximately 200 companies with factories in over 22 countries, many of which are USA manufactured or available.” He then went on to comment “We are also the only ‘One-Stop’ rating system globally for the major green building rating tools including WELL, LEED and Green Star”.

For the US market, GreenTag shall be introducing some new services. The Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration (PhD) that uniquely rates the healthiness of products in use with an ‘In-use healthiness’ HealthRATE™ Mark.  Additionally, Global GreenTag’s EN 15804 compliant Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program will also be launched to additionally give US made products a CarbonRATE™ Mark.”

“We look forward to engaging more deeply with leaders in the sustainability field and contributing to the trajectory of greening the US and world-wide built environment,” said David.

“The strength of Global GreenTag has always been its deep, multi-attribute, scientifically robust technical basis, which is embedded in world leading research and green design. We have been described by product manufacturers in a number of countries as having the most meaningful sustainability scorecard in the world, and our Standard demands that product claims be proven beyond any doubt, and that’s very important to us. Which is why our Standard continues to evolve, to meet the needs of progressive manufacturers developing new benchmarks in green product design, both significantly healthier and beyond business as usual products.” He said.

If you would like to enquire further about Global GreenTag International opening in North America, please email:ceo@globalgreentag.com or phone: +61 07 3399 9686.

More about David Baggs

CEO of Global GreenTag International and Program Director of Global GreenTagCertTM , David Baggs has led Global GreenTag to become one of the most advanced product certification services and marks in the world for the sustainable building industries; including being named one of the Top 100 Most Trusted Building Sector Brands in Australia..

David Baggs is also a multi-award winning green building architect and renowned for being the materials, energy and sustainability consultant for the build of the Sydney 2000 green Olympics and many other benchmark green building projects since. His experience in the green building sector spans 40 years and he was voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and one of theTop 100 Sustainability Leaders Globally in a six continent poll. David is also an Exemplar Global Lead Auditor and a Past President of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society.

 

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.

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

Global GreenTag Certificates, PhDs and EPDs are also recognised with in major international green building, interior, infrastructure and design, as-built and performance rating tools.  These include 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.

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 together 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. 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 www.globalgreentag.us (launching soon)

PLATINUM RATED TOILET PAPER – ABCO Products Receive Highest Level Certification from Global GreenTag!

NEW !! –  Enviroplus Bioactive 2PLY toilet paper and toilet tissue

NEW !! –  Enviroplus Bioactive 1PLY and 2PLY jumbo toilet roll

Global GreenTag Congratulates ABCO for being awarded our FIRST LCARate Platinum Certified Personal Product under the Global GreenTag Personal Products Standard.

Potentially and of equal importance,  ABCO’s newly certified Global GreenTag certified Enviroplus products also have relevance under Green Star’s ‘ Performance v1’ Rating Tools Credits for Procurement and Purchasing.

Enviroplus is a PEFC and FSC certified, bioactive toilet paper containing a mix of 5 microorganisms. The microorganisms only activate when in contact with water, and produce enzymes that help to break down organic substances present in pipes and sewage systems.

Being a PLATINUM manufactured product is not an easy task. There is only ONE other manufactured product in GreenTag’s certified products stable, and that’s a building product at the same level.  PLATINUM is a real distinction.

Enviroplus Bioactive 2PLY toilet paper and toilet tissue: READ MORE

Enviroplus Bioactive 1PLY and 2PLY jumbo toilet roll: READ MORE

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)

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

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

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 Invites You To Comment

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

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

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

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

To participate in the consultation, please register here: http://www.globalgreentag.com/epd-program/

Please submit comments and questions, including request for the GreenTag  EPD Program Operation Rules, to certification2@globlgreentag.com

The PCRs for Public Consultation:

The public consultation period for the following PCR commenced on May 23, 2017 and will close on June 23, 2017.  The draft PCR is accessible through the links below. Please submit comments and questions, including requests for the GreenTag EPD Program Operation Rules, to certification1@globalgreentag.com

The public consultation period for the following PCRs commenced on May 17 will close on June 19, 2017. The draft PCR is accessible through the links below. Please submit comments and questions, including requests for the GreenTag EPD Program Operation Rules, to certification1@globalgreentag.com

Product Category Rules – GreenTag Wants Your Say

Global GreenTag currently has 7 Building PCRs (Product Category Rules) ready to release for public review.

As stakeholders, we invite you to participate in this public consultation to help us finalise our next set of Building PCRs in collaboration with the Evah Institute.

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

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

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

The Global GreenTag PCR public consultation will take place over a 30 day period, commencing March 20, 2017 and closing April 20, 2017.  It will address the following 7 PCR building product areas:

  • Furniture
  • Wet Area Wall Cladding
  • Wet Area Floor Covering
  • Flood Coverings
  • Thermal Insulation
  • Acoustic Insulation
  • Boiled, Chilled and Filtered Potable Water Systems

To participate in the consultation, please register here: http://www.globalgreentag.com/epd-program/

Please submit comments and questions, including request for the GreenTag  EPD Program Operation Rules, to certification2@globlgreentag.com

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.

 

WELL – A Big Call For GreenTag Products

The global alliance between Leadlease and  Delos™ is leading a revolution to accelerate WELL ready workplaces around the globe. This is great news for GreenTag certified building manufacturers.

In Australia,  Lendlease is already moving forwards to integrate human health and wellbeing principles of the WELL Building Standard™ into the new International Towers Sydney at Barangaroo.

“The need and commonsense for product certification is greatly supported by the WELL Building Standard,” says GreenTag CEO and Program Director David Baggs.

“Manufacturers who are certified are already ahead of the game. It will be interesting to see how the greater market responds.”

David who is a renowned green building architect, materials expert and Green Star and LEED Accredited Professional has a unique edge to offer the wider industry as it engages with the WELL Building Standard™  As GreenTag’s program director he has a deep understanding of how to bridge green manufacturers with the needs of the green building market.

“It give us great pleasure to help all parties concerned to understand the intricate value of certification, the potential for improving manufacturing processes and supporting more building professionals in how to effectively apply certified products into their green projects.”

The WELL Core & Shell Certification and pre-Certification programs were developed in response to investor and tenant demands for healthier workplace environments.

Lendlease and Delos first announced their alliance in November 2015, making a commitment to bring human health and wellness innovations to Lendlease markets around the world through adoption of the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL).

Lendlease has also identified additional buildings and tenancies around the world to undergo certification, also covering  Europe and the U.S.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160321006077/en/Delos%E2%84%A2-Lendlease-Drive-Internationalization-Building-Standard-Core

GreenTag recognised by Singapore’s Green Mark International

Green Mark

Global GreenTag has been formally recognised by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority as a product certification scheme for the purposes of projects using the Green Mark International® (GMI) green project rating tool in countries where GreenTag is recognised by the Green Building Council or Government agencies.* The GMI tool is used extensively by projects outside Singapore in ASEAN countries like Malaysia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and African countries such as Tanzania.

All GreenTag certification is recognised to meet the Green Mark Materials Category, ‘Sustainable Products’ credit. The recognition of GreenTag by the Green Mark International® rating scheme adds to the other international rating tool recognition including the Malaysia Government’s own GreenTech Corporation and their MyHIJAU program, the EC3 EarthCheck® program operating in Tourism, hospitality and Exhibition sector in over 70 Countries, as well as Green Star® in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. GreenTag Environmental Product Declarations, or EPDs are also compliant with the EPD requirements in the USGBC’s LEED v4® rating tool that operates in over 140 countries.

*Qualification added June 7, 2016

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