The operator of one of the most renowned and toughest green product certification standards in the world for the built environment industries, Global GreenTag has announced its readiness to help Australian construction companies go for not only gold but also platinum to help super green new building projects for the next Olympics Games in Brisbane in 2032.
The Brisbane-based certification company also reveals it has new and more robust certification and declaration programs in development to ensure that building projects for Bris2032 will be able to access products and materials that are healthier and more ethically manufactured too.
The roots of the Global GreenTag Product Certification Standard go back deeply to the Sydney 2000 Olympics and its success as the first green built Olympics in history.
GreenTag’s Co-founder, Program Director and CEO David Baggs (also a multi-award winning green building architect, Green Star and LEED AP and Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects) was the Sustainability, Materials and Energy Consultant for 10 of the Sydney 2000 Olympic ‘Green Games’ venues and GreenTag grew out of that process.
Responding to last month’s announcement that Brisbane had won the bid to stage the next Olympics in 2032, David said:
“It is like coming full circle. Global GreenTag evolved out of the work done during the Green Sydney Olympics in 2000 to meet the needs of the emerging green building design teams who were seeking reliable product information that was otherwise unobtainable at the time.
“With over 16,000 products now under certification, we are now poised alongside the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) and Brisbane 2032 organisers’ vision to break new records for integrating sustainable products into the new generation of sustainable property. It is a great challenge, and especially with GBCA’s enhanced Green Star new ‘Buildings’ program and the promise that all new vertical infrastructure and significant upgrades for the next Olympics will target 6 Green Stars and a Net Carbon Zero future. Global GreenTag and our Green Star recognised certified products will be there to support every project.”
Global GreenTag’s certified products represent over 150 world leading sustainable manufacturers under licence with its certification and declaration programs, most of which have been designed specifically for the building industries to use on projects to align with requirements laid down by the leading green building programs such as Green Star®, WELL™ and LEED®.
Global GreenTag assessors currently rank products and materials for building projects using both the certifier’s GreenRate certification program and its flagship program LCARate – a comparative Life Cycle Assessment system that ranks products for its whole of life cycle impact on the environment with either a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating. The system was the first of its kind in the world and remains unique today.
“Our vision is to provide certification programs that are continuously evolving and which influence product manufacturers and building professionals to develop not just ‘better’ solutions but also provide them with tools that enable them to produce and aspire to use the ‘best’ products to protect our eco-systems, our wildlife, their habitats, human health and safety, and human rights too.”
Global GreenTag demands 100% transparency from all manufacturers who submit their products for certification or to one of the company’s rigorous declaration programs, like the GreenTag EPD (Environmental Product Declaration), PHD (Product Health Declaration) and its Modern Slavery Declaration for products (the GreenTag MSD).
“Across all of our programs, our investigations of supply chains are rigorous. We look for any signs of environmental impacts and to information, which may suggest that incidents of Modern Slavery are occurring; we cover all corners,” says David.
Global GreenTag product health assessments, via their PHD program, examine the toxicology of products for their insitu ingredients to assessing if they are safe and healthy for people. For the benefit of architects, designers, specifiers and procurement teams, the company also provides a HealthRATE scheme, which ranks the ‘healthiness in use’ of each product from Bronze to Silver to Gold and finally to Platinum, the highest ranking for any product and therefore the healthiest product to be using.
Global GreenTag recently added an ‘Asthma & Allergy Sensitive’ assessment process into its HealthRATE ‘healthiness in use’ product-ranking scheme – the first of a number of new programs that Global GreenTag has underway.
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