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Unique Tool and Product Health Rating System Will Make Green Building Professionals’ Jobs Easier & Faster

Global GreenTag International has dramatically increased it benefits to the global building industry, receiving news that the world’s leading building certification and rating system LEED® Versions 4.0 and 4.1 now formally recognizes its ground-breaking Product Health Declaration™ (the Global GreenTag PHD™) in the USA and in over 167 countries worldwide.

Significantly Global GreenTag’s PHD is the only ingredient hazard transparency report to be LEED® and WELL™ compliant and take assessment to the next level by providing a unique ‘Healthiness in use’ rating for products once installed in a building or home; making green professionals’ jobs easier and faster while delivering healthier outcomes for their clients.

“This compliance documentation pathway comes at a pivotal time with health and wellness being at the forefront of peoples’ minds now more than ever,” according to Daniel Huard, LEED Fellow and the CEO of Global GreenTag Americas. “The US Green Building Council provided multiple levels of iterative reviews before ultimately approving the Global GreenTag PHD™ for LEED® projects in the USA and globally.”

For manufacturers, the news from LEED makes product certification so much easier and cost efficient given that the product certifier now offers a unique one-stop certification system for products recognized by most of the major international building rating systems; enabling manufacturers to avoid multiple fees certifying with different systems in different countries.

“Our certification programs have unparalleled international rating tool reach, which is what many of our global clients seek for their products,” says Mr Huard.

“The Global GreenTag PHD™ and HealthRATE™ the ‘healthiness in use’ rating scheme are advanced levels of health certification, embraced by advanced manufacturers who want to highlight the health attributes of their certified product lines.

SEE THE PHD PRODUCT LIST AVAILABLE IN THE USA.

The unique value of the Global GreenTag PHD™ for industry professionals is that it offers detailed toxicology information about constituent materials in products and simultaneously provides simplified ratings underpinned by peer reviewed science to clarify health impacts that products may or may not have on end users, without any need for interpretation by designers, architects or construction teams. The program also considers environmental impacts in the hazard assessments.

“This is especially important information for new construction, existing building and refurbishment projects attempts to improve the health of peoples’ working and living environments while helping to protect the planet,” says Mr Huard.

Global GreenTag’s product certification and declaration programs are underpinned by not only deep science but also ISO, REACH and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) standards and systems.  In 2018, they increased rigor of the Global GreenTag PHD™ program to provide industry practitioners with deeper levels of product health information with content inventory and hazard analysis to the 100parts per million (ppm) level. Mr Huard adds:

“This was a significant increase that equals the most stringent Product Disclosures in the world and the unique value of the GreenTag PHD, is that it firstly bans a comprehensive list of the worst ingredients. It then offers toxicology information about the constituent materials in products and then also uniquely informs through its Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum tiered HealthRATE™ system, the potential level of healthiness the products help deliver when correctly installed in clients’ offices or homes.”

The Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standard was born in Australia in 2010, under the leadership of co-founder and multi-award winning green building architect and sustainability consultant of over 40 years, David Baggs LFAIA. For more than 10 years, Mr Baggs has also been Program Director and CEO of Global GreenTag International that operates and develops the Global GreenTag International Certifications and Declarations Programs, originally conceived to support the growth of green product and building industries worldwide.  Speaking from Brisbane in Australia, Mr Baggs said:

“We are thrilled to be recognized now globally by LEED®, which is truly one of the most powerful game changers in the built environment. What LEED® certification demands at a building level, Global GreenTag certification pushes the boundaries at a product level.  It is a great day for our international team who work sincerely, professionally and passionately with the Global GreenTag Standard every day to deliver user focussed information about healthier and more eco-friendly product outcomes.”

“The achievement of this latest LEED recognition is indicative of the exemplary ethos and capability of our Global GreenTag team. The major focus of their work is to support the development and growth of sustainable materials and manufacturing for not only for the benefit of design, construction, interiors, operations and maintenance procurement professionals, but homeowners too.”

“Most importantly, GreenTag is a system robustly backed by world’s best practice science with inbuilt and demonstrable integrity. It is built on a culture and practice of all-encompassing internal and external peer review and third party verification and certification of its own practices and processes,” stated Mr Huard, appointed CEO of Global GreenTag Americas when the company opened its doors in the USA at Greenbuild 2018.

“Furthermore, Global GreenTag assessment and the inherent information generated also assists many amazing manufacturers to push the envelope of sustainability in their product design and manufacturing.”

“The system also has great depth yet provides accessible and easy to follow metrics and rating scorecards to simplify green and healthy product selection” he said.

“GreenTag’s goal from the beginning was to facilitate green professionals’ choice of more healthy and sustainable products by encouraging greater transparency in the product manufacturing processes.”

“The ultimate effect of this is to minimize project and product impacts on human health and wellbeing and ultimately to help protect, preserve and restore our fragile eco-systems all while reducing the workload on increasingly busy professionals. I am very happy to play a role in accomplishing these goals,” said Mr Huard.

The USGBC updated the LEED Addenda on July 10:  https://www.usgbc.org/leed addenda/100002394

Read more about:

BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: David Baggs

Unique Tool Now Makes Supporting Health In LEED® Buildings Easier And Easier On The Planet

BREAKING NEWS USA – LEED® recognizes Global GreenTag PHD™ for USA and Globally!

Global GreenTag International has just dramatically increased it benefits to the global building industry, receiving news that the world’s leading building certification and rating system LEED® Versions 4.0 and 4.1 now formally recognizes its ground-breaking Product Health Declaration™ (the Global GreenTag PHD™) in the USA and in over 167 countries worldwide.

Significantly Global GreenTag’s PHD is the only ingredient hazard transparency report to be LEED® and WELL™ compliant and take assessment to the next level by providing a unique ‘Healthiness in use’ rating for products once installed in a building or home; making green professionals’ jobs easier and faster while delivering healthier outcomes for their clients.

“This compliance documentation pathway comes at a pivotal time with health and wellness being at the forefront of peoples’ minds now more than ever,” according to Daniel Huard, LEED Fellow and the CEO of Global GreenTag Americas. “The US Green Building Council provided multiple levels of iterative reviews before ultimately approving the Global GreenTag PHD™ for LEED® projects in the USA and globally.”

For manufacturers, the news from LEED makes product certification so much easier and cost efficient given that the product certifier now offers a unique one-stop certification system for products recognized by most of the major international building rating systems; enabling manufacturers to avoid multiple fees certifying with different systems in different countries.

“Our certification programs have unparalleled international rating tool reach, which is what many of our global clients seek for their products,” says Mr Huard.

“The Global GreenTag PHD™ and HealthRATE™ the ‘healthiness in use’ rating scheme are advanced levels of health certification, embraced by advanced manufacturers who want to highlight the health attributes of their certified product lines.

SEE THE PHD PRODUCT LIST AVAILABLE IN THE USA.

The unique value of the Global GreenTag PHD™ for industry professionals is that it offers detailed toxicology information about constituent materials in products and simultaneously provides simplified ratings underpinned by peer reviewed science to clarify health impacts that products may or may not have on end users, without any need for interpretation by designers, architects or construction teams. The program also considers environmental impacts in the hazard assessments.

“This is especially important information for new construction, existing building and refurbishment projects attempts to improve the health of peoples’ working and living environments while helping to protect the planet,” says Mr Huard.

Global GreenTag’s product certification and declaration programs are underpinned by not only deep science but also ISO, REACH and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) standards and systems.  In 2018, they increased rigor of the Global GreenTag PHD™ program to provide industry practitioners with deeper levels of product health information with content inventory and hazard analysis to the 100parts per million (ppm) level. Mr Huard adds:

“This was a significant increase that equals the most stringent Product Disclosures in the world and the unique value of the GreenTag PHD, is that it firstly bans a comprehensive list of the worst ingredients. It then offers toxicology information about the constituent materials in products and then also uniquely informs through its Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum tiered HealthRATE™ system, the potential level of healthiness the products help deliver when correctly installed in clients’ offices or homes.”

The Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standard was born in Australia in 2010, under the leadership of co-founder and multi-award winning green building architect and sustainability consultant of over 40 years, David Baggs LFAIA. For more than 10 years, Mr Baggs has also been Program Director and CEO of Global GreenTag International that operates and develops the Global GreenTag International Certifications and Declarations Programs, originally conceived to support the growth of green product and building industries worldwide.  Speaking from Brisbane in Australia, Mr Baggs said:

“We are thrilled to be recognized now globally by LEED®, which is truly one of the most powerful game changers in the built environment. What LEED® certification demands at a building level, Global GreenTag certification pushes the boundaries at a product level.  It is a great day for our international team who work sincerely, professionally and passionately with the Global GreenTag Standard every day to deliver user focussed information about healthier and more eco-friendly product outcomes.”

“The achievement of this latest LEED recognition is indicative of the exemplary ethos and capability of our Global GreenTag team. The major focus of their work is to support the development and growth of sustainable materials and manufacturing for not only for the benefit of design, construction, interiors, operations and maintenance procurement professionals, but homeowners too.”

“Most importantly, GreenTag is a system robustly backed by world’s best practice science with inbuilt and demonstrable integrity. It is built on a culture and practice of all-encompassing internal and external peer review and third party verification and certification of its own practices and processes,” stated Mr Huard, appointed CEO of Global GreenTag Americas when the company opened its doors in the USA at Greenbuild 2018.

“Furthermore, Global GreenTag assessment and the inherent information generated also assists many amazing manufacturers to push the envelope of sustainability in their product design and manufacturing.”

“The system also has great depth yet provides accessible and easy to follow metrics and rating scorecards to simplify green and healthy product selection” he said.

“GreenTag’s goal from the beginning was to facilitate green professionals’ choice of more healthy and sustainable products by encouraging greater transparency in the product manufacturing processes.”

“The ultimate effect of this is to minimize project and product impacts on human health and wellbeing and ultimately to help protect, preserve and restore our fragile eco-systems all while reducing the workload on increasingly busy professionals. I am very happy to play a role in accomplishing these goals,” said Mr Huard.

The USGBC updated the LEED Addenda on July 10:  https://www.usgbc.org/leed addenda/100002394

For more information and or to organize interviews with Daniel Huard and David Baggs, please contact:

Debra Robertson     (GMT +10 Brisbane Australia time zone). 

Email:                       marketing@globalgreentag.com 

Mobile:                     0437 407 377

OR

Daniel HUARD         (US Pacific Time zone)

Email:                       CEO@globalgreentag.com 

Cell:                          +1 702 604 3359

 

Read more about:

BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: David Baggs

ecoBiz Queensland awards Global GreenTag for reducing more of its impact on the environment

At Global GreenTag, we are proud to announce that the business has been again awarded the maximum 3-Star ecoBiz Partnership following a 58% reduction in the business’s energy intensity, and a 27% reduction in our water intensity, relative to the baseline period at the Global GreenTag headquarters in Brisbane.

Mary-Lou Kelly, co-founder and Managing Director of Global GreenTag International said this week:  “We continue to reduce our footprint in diverse ways and starting with how we use our utilities, I am proud to say that Global GreenTag staff have put in a very conscious effort.”

“Our Accountant Gourav Ahuja has been diligently tracking use of the company’s toll on water, energy and waste to report to ecoBiz Queensland.  He has been successfully leading the program within Global GreenTag for a few years now and it is fantastic to receive news that we have reduced our loads again in these two important areas.”

ecoBiz has also recognised Global GreenTag’s waste management efforts, verifying that:

“Global Green Tag demonstrates a strong commitment to effective waste management through a variety of initiatives.”

Waste management initiatives, include:

  • A sustainable procurement policy (for items including tea, coffee and other bulk foods);
  • Engagement with, and utilization of, various TerraCycle programs (Oral Care Recycling Program, Dish and Air Care Recycling, & Pens, Pencils and Markers Zero Waste Box);
  • Soft Plastic Recycling via REDcycle;
  • Recycling batteries through Battery World, and Corks via a Scouts Program;
  • Utilizing a compost bin in order to divert coffee grounds and other food scraps from landfill;
  • Using shredded paper as mulch/compost for an employee’s home garden;
  • Supplying filtered water to discourage the use of plastic water bottles; and
  • Utilizing clear signage to ensure staff members and visitors are disposing of different waste streams in the appropriate location.

Mary-Lou Kelly adds that: “We have been taking the time to ensure that whatever waste can be re-distributed as recyclable materials, we are onto it.  There are some marvellous initiatives in the community, including by manufacturers who are upcycling waste for new materials and products.  We are on the look-out constantly to see how Global GreenTag can improve its waste management.”

Vietnam’s Updated LOTUS Rating Tool links- still opening doors for Global GreenTag Internationally Certified Products

In 2017, the Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC) officially recognised both Global GreenTag International’s Certification Schemes and all GreenTag Certified products under the council’s then new LOTUS Rating System and officially listed them in the LOTUS technical manuals for Office Interiors and Small Interiors.

Since then LOTUS has introduced the same criteria into a broader range of rating tools including LOTUS:

David Baggs, CEO of Global GreenTag and Program Director of the Global GreenTagCertTM certification program, welcomes the additional leverage provided by the upgraded LOTUS developments to GreenTag certified product manufacturers. “It continues to be exciting to be a part of the VGBC’s dedication to evolve the green building industry in Vietnam,” says David. “VGBC has again increased our recognition for both our ecolabel schemes in the VGBC LOTUS rating tools expanding from interiors alone to new construction and interiors.”

“The VGBC remains very passionate about green products and green building and we remain excited that LOTUS remains the first rating tool in the Asia Pacific to formally recognise LCARate Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze tiers via variable credit points., uniquely and explicitly recognising individual tiers and applying 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 that products with LCARate “show a higher commitment from manufacturers and should be rewarded more than products with only an EPD produced.”

Expanding on this point, he said, “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.”

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 Construction and Interiors fitout and finishes products;
  • environmentally preferred cleaning products.

The credits include 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.

Troy Creighton of Stormtech ‘OPENING UP’ to Global GreenTag International 

We ask Troy Creighton, CEO of Stormtech Pty Ltd. to tell us about his company’s green focus and commitment as a manufacturer to Global GreenTag product certification.

Name: Troy Creighton

Position: CEO

Location: Nowra, NSW

Stormtech’s Certified Product Pages on Global GreenTag

 

  1. What inspires you about Stormtech as a green focused product manufacturer?

The uptake and enthusiasm of the Stormtech team to improve our sustainability and social responsibility.

It is also extremely satisfying to see the building industry increasingly engage with businesses like ours that take green building and social responsibility more seriously than in the past.

Having been involved in sustainability for such a long time it is also great to see how well Australia has improved its engagement in sustainability.

Australia has a long history of innovation and quality in the building industry. Recent price pressures have seen some dramatic re-thinking of the true benefit of ‘value engineering’, with a change back towards quality. With quality, sustainability is often part of the quality manufacturing process. This is definitely true for us.

We have maintained local supply chains and supported other Australian manufacturers and businesses since our humble beginnings. Working together, Australian manufacturing and construction are moving towards a brighter, greener future underpinned by quality certified products that will stand the test of time.

  1. How Important are having Global GreenTag product Certifications and Declarations for Stormtech – and Why?

As the leading supplier and manufacturer of architectural drainage products in Australia we have long seen the certification and declarations as the future of Australian building. As the leader we wish to lead by example to ensure the safety and amenity of end users.

The increasing awareness and concern for our environment by the general public means declarations and certification are also increasingly valued.

Public trust in the products being ethically and responsibly manufactured is critical to the future viability of Australian construction. This is supported by the rigorous and thorough certification and evaluation process.

Public trust is also supported by the extensive transparent documentation provided by the EPD, PHD and certificates.

  1. What would you like to see evolve or improve in the green building industry to ensure that green buildings or interior projects are met and exceeded?

More manufactures onboard with sustainability and transparency of their supply to prove both responsible and ethical production and supply chain.

More focus on quality as the foundation (pun intended 😊) of the Australian building industry. A good step in this direction would be an entry level certification where suppliers/assembler suppliers (those that modify existing product, or assemble from components) or distributors can implement a basic product stewardship programme as a way of lifting the overall baseline of sustainability and social responsibility. This step will allow businesses in construction to easily and cheaply enter the sustainability sphere.

  1. As a snapshot in this moment and time in 2020, what is it that you would like to share about what you are doing in your office space or home environment that you feel bears testimony that you are living and working sustainably?

Stormtech manufacturing processes, as proven by our certification, are leading in innovative ways to integrate advanced manufacturing and sustainability. We do this by leveraging the latest in energy efficient equipment, hybridisation of older equipment, and unique methods of manufacture that dramatically reduce our industrial footprint.

We re-use packaging, scrap paper, timber etc., plus general sorting and re-use or recycling of office and factory items.

At home most of our team have compost, chickens, ducks, geese, veggie patches, rainwater harvesting, onsite sewer processing like biocycle systems, fruit trees etc. We share our produce by bringing it in to the office.

Senior management undertake the support and mentoring of regional emerging professionals in their own time.

Stormtech staff are often found supporting local community groups and are members of organisations such as the SES.

Stormtech work within the disability sector with donations to groups such as The Shepherd Centre, Shoalhaven Education Fund, Noahs Inclusion Services and more.

A partnership was established for the promotion of Australia’s first shower waste water heat recovery system, the Zypho. This product was developed in Portugal, and integrates with our drains. The warm waste shower water flows into our drains, and through the Zypho. The Zypho system then uses this warm waste water and pre heats the cold water, allowing up to 30% less energy to be used for heating shower water.

For our corporate social responsibility, we have continued to support the development of indigenous architecture and design by supporting the Deerubbin Conference which supports the ability of architects to respond to diverse challenges of society, culture, environment, place, landscape, poverty.

We are also major sponsor of the Sustainability Awards 2020, and have partnered with this event for many years.

Stormtech have engaged directly with Standards Australia, and the ABCB to enhance and develop the minimum standards for Australian construction. We are currently directly involved in code development.

Get ready to log-in for Denfair 2.0!

Global GreenTag International is thrilled to be a Partner and Participant for this month’s Denfair 2.0 event, which has taken a leap this year to bring its unique exhibition experience into an online platform.

Virtual Design Event  July 20 – 26, 2020

Denfair’s new world class Virtual Design Event will give visitors an opportunity to explore the New Collections from participating brands using 3D Realistic Product Tours, to learn from Masterclasses, Panel Discussions, one on one Interviews; also discover latest design related video content, Denfair’s Design Library and engage in Virtual Collaborations – and more.

Over the past six years, Denfair has become the Australian design industry’s most dynamic hub for business connection and collaboration.  Organisers take a carefully curated approach to ensure an exhibition full of original, inventive design – with not a replica in sight.

Organisers are looking forwards to expanding  beyond the limitations of physical reach to run Denfair in the virtual space from July 20-26

VISIT DENFAIR WEBSITE NOW

‘OPENING UP’ – Debbie Hessenberger of Vertilux Corporation Speaks to Global GreenTag International

As part of a new feature series with manufacturers of Global GreenTag Certified and Declared products, our first guest represents Australian manufacturer Vertilux.  Debbie Hessenberger, National Marketing Manager for the company that produces sustainable window coverings, provides some interesting responses to our questions that probes what it is like to be a green-focused manufacturer in 2020.

Name:  Debbie Hessenberger

Position: National Marketing Manager, Vertilux

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Linkedin page https://au.linkedin.com/company/vertilux

 

  1. What inspires you about Vertilux as a green focused product manufacturer?

Everything we do has impact and for me, it’s about actively changing the way companies view sustainability and social responsibility, from mandatory to an opportunity to innovate. As a pioneer in the window coverings industry, Vertilux’s resilience and ability to lead insightful design solutions for the built environment inspires me as this is what creates positive change for our planet and a sustainable future.

  1. How Important is having Global GreenTag Product Certifications and Declarations for Vertilux – and Why?

Environmental certifications are positively changing the way materials are being viewed in the marketplace and offer transparency as well as demonstrating compliance with building regulations. Global GreentTag’s certification pathway has definitely assisted Vertilux in cementing our position as a sustainable leader and supplier to the commercial market.  Additionally, it has created an ease of use to specifiers in facilitating the exchange of information to enable a future of healthier buildings and its occupants.

  1. What would you like to see evolve or improve in the green building industry to ensure that green buildings or interior projects are met and exceeded?

Unfortunately, products are still getting swapped out at build stage with imposters pretending to have and/or supply our products knowing full well the specification and documentation for such are submitted and approved early in the process.  I am currently discussing this topic with GBCA about what can be done to eradicate this problem.

Additionally, I am looking forward to the seeing the introduction of GBCA’s online directory due later this year of pre-approved products and in particular Responsible Product Scores (RPVs) which will help to clearly differentiate Vertilux from its competitors.

  1. As a snapshot in this moment and time in 2020, what is it that you would like to share about what you are doing in your office space or home environment that you feel bears testimony that you are living and working sustainably?

I have been working on some exciting new product development initiatives, which will only further entrench our authenticity and credibility as a green focused product manufacturer.  This will coincide with a revamped website and a new commercial case.  Personally, I have also been using this time to update my knowledge and capability in this area to ensure successful product positioning in the most honest, impactful way to support our products unique value.

VISIT HERE the pages dedicated to Vertilux products that are certified under the Global GreenTag International Certification Standard

AGDF Green Speed Learning Forum Presents Global GreenTag Story: A journey to being one of the world’s most robust, trusted and widely recognised ecolabels.

In this webinar, David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director will take members of the Australian Green Development Forum on Wednesday, May 27 through the journey of Global GreenTag to become one of the most trusted programs for eco product certification.

Tickets for the online event, part of AGDF’s Green Speed Learning Forum program are free for AGDF members and also open to the public for a $20 entry fee.

CPD points are attainable, although eligibility are different for each institution and organisation.

On the webinar, David Baggs will explain the Global GreenTag system and its operations as a third party, green building product rating and certification system, underpinned by rigorous scientific and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) processes.

The advanced and robust GreenTag LCARate certification and methodology was the first in the world.  As an ecolabel, the GreenTag rating system positions a product within the top end of the green product market enabling manufacturers to be able for the first time to fully communicate the work they have undertaken to improve the ecological and health benefits of their products.

The Australian Green Development Forum is a balanced, non-profit coalition of members from development industries, government organisations and community groups to pursue a vision for sustainable urban communities across Australia.. It is endorsed by industry and environmental bodies, and is aligned to community sectors that also have an interest in fostering sustainable development. The AGDF mission is to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices in the Australian building and development industry.

  • Webinar date:  Wednesday 27th May
  • Webinar time: 5:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Webinar access:  Link emailed via AGDF to ticket holders.

This event is free for AGDF Members! (use the *new* promotional code available in the Member’s section on the AGDF website to register via Eventbrite). Tickets are $20 for non members.

REGISTER FOR TICKETS


David Baggs is a world recognised Keynote Speaker, Product Certification & Green/Healthy Product Expert, Architect & Sustainability Consultant with 40+ years’ experience including as a Company Director & Board Member in Community & Govt Organisations. He is the CEO & Program Director of Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd., which was voted the Top Ecolabel in the A&D Top 100 Most Trusted Brands in Australia 2015-2018, and Top 25 Most Recognised Eco-brands by Consumers.

Global GreenTag is a unique ‘one-stop’, world-leading, LCA-based eco-product certification for green project rating systems focussed on Circular Economy outcomes in building/interiors, health/beauty, cleaning/hygiene, paper/packaging, textiles. Global GreenTag is currently operating or represented in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Africa, China, Malaysia and recognised globally.

The Global GreenTag Program now has over 6000 products under certification for approximately 150 of the world’s most forward thinking companies, including some of the world’s most iconic green multi-national companies. David is passionate about helping people access simple, easy to use information that enables them to make choices about healthy, environmentally beneficial decisions about their working and living environments, lifestyles and products.

He has been sustainability and eco-product consultant to over AUD$60 billion of projects including 10 Sydney 2000 Olympic projects and is also a multi-award winning architect. David has been responsible for the development of sustainability policy at for all levels of Government level in Australia and was responsible for the development of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s Estidama ‘Pearl’ rating tool, is a Green Star & LEED AP as well as an Exemplar Global Certified Lead Auditor.

Benefits of Sustainable Building – Global GreenTag joins CPD webinar with Weathertex, Mirvac, Planet Ark, Envirotecture & TS Constructions

The first of a series of sustainability focused webinars on Zoom.us organised by Weathertex begins next Tuesday, May 26th at 12.30pm and David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director is one of the key experts who will discuss: Benefits of Sustainable Building.

Building construction currently consumes between 30-50% of raw materials worldwide. With significant growth taking place in the building sector, it’s important to make more informed choices when it comes to sustainable building with regards to the impact that material sourcing will have on the environment .

Sustainable construction goes beyond green building practices — structures are designed to have a lower environmental impact over their entire lifetime, while providing a normal level of comfort, durability, wellbeing and functionality for occupants.

Learn about the benefits (environment & wellbeing), challenges as well as any misconceptions of sustainable building.  Learn and Earn 1 Informal CPD Point.

Join Weathertex and host Andrew Savage of BDM Architecture & Design NSW and five key experts in this field to discuss this topic in more detail:

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International
Voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and Top 100 Sustainability Leaders Globally, David is a world-renowned sustainability and materials expert, Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, as well as CEO and Program Director of the Global GreenTagCertTM Certification Program, the world’s leading ‘Beyond LCA’ based product ecolabel, Certification Mark and Product Health Declaration (GreenTag PhD) and EPD Program Operators for healthy and environmentally conscious products on the planet. David is also a multi-award winning green building architect, author, Exemplar Global Lead Auditor, GBCA Materials Expert Panel member and Past President of the Australian LCA Society.

Global GreenTagCertTM is a third party, multi-criteria, consensus based and externally verified Type 1 ecolabelling program. One of the largest product sustainability certification systems in Australia and globally. GreenTag is the first Certification Mark in the sector approved by the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the US Patents and Trademarks Office and the only certifier to be recognised by all the major international green building rating tools, across the globe.

David Rowlinson, Campaign Manager of Planet Ark and Make it Wood
David hails from Lancashire, England and has lived in Australia since 1994. He studied Architecture at Sheffield University and also has an MBA from Macquarie University and a Master of Marketing from UNSW. Prior to joining Planet Ark in 2016 David was Marketing Manager then CEO of a major Sydney-based manufacturer of modular carpets used in all commercial building applications. His proudest achievement was the development of an industry-leading environmental sustainability agenda, including the unique Earthplus product reuse program.

Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a world where people live harmoniously with nature. Established in 1992, they are one of Australia’s leading environmental behaviour change organisations with a focus on working collaboratively and positively.

Naomi Martin, Sustainability Manager Constructions of Mirvac Group

Naomi is responsible for delivering Mirvac’s ambitious ‘This Changes Everything’ Sustainability Targets throughout Mirvac’s Construction Business. In particular she works with construction projects to deliver on waste reduction and materials efficiency, recycling, community investment, social procurement and modern slavery initiatives.

Naomi is a sustainability professional with seventeen years of diverse environmental and sustainability experience across government, industry associations and consulting in Australia and the UK.   She has experience in driving sustainability across a range of scales, from national policy development at Green Building Council of Australia; to corporate strategy at Sydney Opera House; to environmental regulation at EPA Victoria; to detailed program delivery, project management, delivery and reporting at Sydney Opera House and Mirvac.

Dick Clark, Principal of Envirotecture

Dick Clarke is Principal of Envirotecture, is an Accredited Building Designer with over 35

years experience, focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings, as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels, and has received many Design Awards.

He is Director of Sustainability, and Past President of the NSW Chapter, of Building Designers Australia (BDAA). He is a Past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA).

Dick currently sits on the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the peak body representing industries committed to a sustainable built environment.  He has been design director of many hundreds of projects 35 years, with sustainability as the major driver over that whole period (with the ever-changing understanding of what sustainability is), and his work has covered a wide variety of project sizes and types.

Dick has edited the sought after book for designers, builders and home-owners, How to Rethink Building Materials.

Tony O’Connell, Director TS Constructions VIC

The desire to deliver an exceptional result for clients in all aspects of construction is what drives Tony O’Connell, a Director of TS Constructions. Tony commenced his construction career at a local volume builder, learning the basics of delivering a project on time and budget.

Seeking greater challenges, he joined TS Constructions in 2000 and accepted a partnership in the company in 2006.  He is a qualified MBA Green Living builder and has completed a Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Environmental Management) and a Diploma of Building and Construction.

Tony has the ability to take an initial concept from a client and develop it into a construction project that runs seamlessly from start to finish.  His knowledge of practical sustainability initiatives means that he can find solutions that are cost effective and provide long term benefits with minimal environmental impact.

Tony’s other interests revolve around a love of parkrun, a free, weekly, volunteer led 5km run or walk as well as Ultra Marathon running, competing in trail races up to 100km long. Tony is a life member of Wonthaggi CFA and a life member of the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club.

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Global GreenTag Raises the Bar on Modern Slavery at New York Build – Launching World’s First Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration

Mary-Lou Kelly, Global GreenTag’s Managing Director announced the start of a world first Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration – the Global GreenTag MSD – in New York today at the New York Build Expo where delegates  were invited to become part of a global stakeholder consultation process to ready the Declaration for industry by the end of April 2020.

“The time has come for Modern Slavery to be removed from history,” announced Ms Kelly.

“The Global GreenTag MSD addresses a profound humanitarian problem. It is a thorough scorecard that makes it a prolific risk assessment process that will formally recognize manufacturers who are taking responsibility and accountability for their choices in procurement to help minimize the conditions of Modern Slavery prevailing in global supply chains.”

The Global GreenTag product assessment team led by David Baggs, Global GreenTag International’s  co-founder, Program Director and CEO have made a significant step forwards in developing this first Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration, said Ms Kelly.

As a Product Certification Standard, GreenTag says Ms Kelly has always addressed issues of ethical labour sourcing and social impacts, but, we all got very excited when Government Legislations pertaining to incidences of Modern Slavery first began to roll out in California, then the UK and more recently Australia. We say thank you to Governments who are making this an issue to stamp out. Mandation and legislation are crucial to bring about the depth of changes that we need to see happen.  Hopefully these moves by Governments  will eventually trickle out to give more attention to and increase legislation for protection of  the environment and minimize impacts on our eco systems as well,” says Ms Kelly.

Mary-Lou Kelly Global GreenTag International Managing Director

Speaking at the New York Build Expo at the Javits Center, Ms Kelly delivered an hour long presentation, titled: MODERN SLAVERY 2020 Issue Exploration and Option Generation and was joined by Daniel Huard, the Chief Executive Officer of Global GreenTag Americas. Together, they explained the directions of the GreenTag MSD and the next stages that the Declaration would be undergoing.  Mr Huard who Chaired the day-long Sustainability Summit for New York Build Expo yesterday, said:

“The GreenTag MSD Stakeholder Consultation is now underway and we invite interested parties to become involved. Our timeline is to complete the Stakeholder Consultation phase by April 6th, so that the Declaration is ready for the Construction Industry and all product related industries in the US and globally by the end of April 2020.”

In her presentation, Ms Kelly applied holistic 3S thinking – through Science, Sustainability and Spirituality to engage the New York building industry to consider for themselves the importance of the issue of Modern Slavery and solutions to ensure ethical reporting in global supply chains is more widely embraced. She says:

“Mother Earth is one large ecosystem and people are part of that ecosystem. A first call to action in cleaning up most ecosystems is to eradicate the weeds so that the system can grow and thrive naturally. Modern Slavery is one of these ‘feral elements’, whose presence is eroding and eats at the very core of a fully functioning and ethical society. At its core are various forms of greed, power and corruption. The time has come to expose and take those appropriate actions required to eradicate it.”

Discussing existing solutions to Modern Slavery in Supply Chains through Global Modern Slavery Acts, Governance, Human Rights and Sustainability Standards (mandatory and voluntary) Ms Kelly’s presentation also posed what our next steps as a Global Building Industry could be.

Daniel Huard. Global GreenTag Americas, CEO

Action on Modern Slavery in Construction – are we ready to Act?

Later at New York Build Expo, Ms Kelly and Mr Huard also engaged with other industry leaders in a panel discussion event, facilitated by Mr Huard, titled: Action on Modern Slavery in Construction – are we ready to Act?

Together with representatives from the International WELL Building Institute, Skanska Construction America, the US Green Building Council and others where Mr Huard asked speakers to discuss how companies can become positive change agents to minimise the continuing existence of modern day slavery occurring in supply chains, providing answers to questions like:

  • What measures are companies and industry practitioners currently taking to address inhumane practices in supply chains that we think only occur in third world countries?
  • How can you be more aware and be preventing incidences of Modern Slavery creeping into the closets of your business?
  • Where is your business positioned – in relation to being responsible through proper reporting to thwart Modern Slavery occurring – up and down supply chains that you engage with?
  • Who are the vigilant bodies that are ready for Modern Slavery reporting and who can empower your business to be more accountable and responsible?

Possibilities of Modern Slavery occurring in supply chains have always been a requirement for assessment of products under the Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standard.

The certification label has been actively involved with a number of interest bodies in recent years to bring stronger focus to the problem of Modern Slavery and was one of the core group of companies that pledged support behind the Australian Human Rights Commission’s call for Modern Slavery legislation in late 2017.

Have your say …

GreenTag MSD Stakeholder Review

For more information about the Global GreenTag MSD and your invitation to participate in the MSD Stakeholder Review Process, please CLICK HERE

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BIO: Mary-Lou Kelly

BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: David Baggs

INDE.Awards Entries Extended!

Breaking News!  Due to an un-precedented number of requests for extra time to submit entries to this year’s INDE. Awards,  Indesign Media Asia Pacific has now extended the final date for submissions to Friday 6th March.

With a challenging start to 2020, it seems that it has taken more time for practitioners to ‘get back to normalcy’ and as a consequence Indesign Media has received many requests to extend the original timeline for the INDE. Awards.

With respect for our community we now advise that the closing date of the INDE. Awards will be COB, Friday 6th March.

This will be the last chance to enter the awards and there will be no further extension to this date.

As the only Indo-Pacific design awards the INDE. Awards offer the opportunity to showcase design on a global stage as well as the prospect to interact and network with peers across our region.

For the entrants, shortlisted and eventual winners, the accolades bestowed through the INDE. Awards represent the pinnacle of success and the ultimate achievement.

Enter now at www.indeawards.com

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For more information, contact Karolina Rodriguez at karolina@indesign.com.au

Coronavirus Procedure introduced by Global GreenTag Supports Companies Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak

Effective from February 20, 2020, Global GreenTag International introduced a Coronavirus COVID-19 Adaptation Assessment Procedure on current and future certification projects, until further notice.

Unfortunately, due to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, GreenTag assessors have been notified that many factories, especially in China, have closed, and, with no clear date of when they will be operational again.

GreenTag has therefore introduced its new Coronavirus Procedure to support businesses affected who are currently unable to collect data required by GreenTag assessors to conduct product assessments and re-certifications.

Under the new Procedure, Global GreenTag will be handling the issue in two ways:

  1. New product certification projects or existing certifications with new or additional materials. These assessment projects will be put on hold indefinitely, and at no extra cost to clients, until factories resumes activities and are operational again.
  2. Clients with products that are currently going through re-certification processes. GreenTag will honour and support the re-certification flow through of these products for clients too. As long as a re-certifying product’s supply chain remains unchanged from the last certification cycle, then clients will have a 12-month grace period as long as they submit the required supply chain information before the next Renewal cycle begins.

Please consult GreenTag’s full details about the Coronavirus COVID-19 Adaptation Assessment Procedure on our website:

Original cover photo by Jose Fontano on Unsplash

 

Being Transparent about Modern Slavery in Construction and Ready to Act

Mary-Lou Kelly (Global GreenTag’s Managing Director and Co-Founder) is taking part in a panel discussion on the topic of Modern Slavery occurring in construction supply chains at New York Build Expo in March, an open discussion that will be led by Global GreenTag Americas CEO – Daniel Huard.

Alongside Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director David Baggs and the Global GreenTag International assessment team, Mary-Lou has been working on developing assistance for the industry to help minimise conditions of Modern Slavery prevailing in global supply chains.

Mary-Lou Kelly

On the topic for New York Build: Being Transparent about Modern Slavery in Construction and Ready to Act, Mary-Lou will explore with other panellists from the US Green Building Council and the International WELL Building Institute, how companies can become positive change agents and minimise the continuing existence of modern day slavery

Daniel Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas who will be facilitating the panel topic will be asking speakers to expand on actions that are being taken and to ascertain how prepared the construction industry is ready to act. The panel will be providing answers to questions like:

  • What measures are companies and industry practitioners currently taking to address inhumane practices in supply chains that we think only occur in third world countries?
  • How can you be more aware and be preventing incidences of Modern Slavery creeping into the closets of your business?
  • Where is your business positioned – in relation to being responsible through proper reporting to thwart Modern Slavery occurring – up and down supply chains that you engage with?
  • Who are the vigilant bodies that are ready for Modern Slavery reporting and who can empower your business to be more accountable and responsible?

Daniel Huard

Possibilities of Modern Slavery occurring in supply chains have always been a requirement for assessment of products under the Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standard.

Global GreenTag International has been actively involved with a number of interest bodies in recent years to bring stronger focus to the problem of Modern Slavery and in Australia was one of the core group of companies that pledged support behind the Australian Human Rights Commission’s call for Modern Slavery legislation in late 2017.

Global GreenTag invites you to join us at New York Build Expo – REGISTER FOR FREE

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BIO: Mary-Lou Kelly

BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: David Baggs

BIO: Global GreenTag LLC, Americas

Construction in Cities – let’s get restorative and focus on carbon reduction and bio-based strategies

Cities hold the majority of the world’s population and often are intensive and congested built environments.  Yet, while they can be seen as worrying sources of global environmental and resource depletion problems, cities can also act as important centres of technological innovation and social learning for a low carbon future, says David Baggs, Program Director and CEO of Global GreenTag International and a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

We are probably all aware by now, says David of the shared prognosis of 11,000 scientists who have declared that the world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society. Indeed, they have unequivocally declared that planet Earth is facing a Climate Emergency and that to secure a sustainable future we must change how we live. If we want a healthier future, this will entail major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.

To deal with these pressures, David believes that: “Planning and managing large-scale transitions in cities will require an understanding of urban retrofitting at city scale and needs to occur through mindful decisions from the materials we source, the products we design, through to the design of buildings, interior spaces and infrastructure including green infrastructure. “From our perspective as product certifiers, we believe this is a great opportunity to discover, showcase and embrace ‘disruptive’ and ‘sustaining’ technologies that can contribute to city-based sustainability transitions. The question is, where can we find them?”

“The Climate Crisis is happening faster than predicted with a number of impacts that were predicted, being worse than predicted and unexpected unpredicted events being realised regularly and up to 80 years earlier than predicted.

Firstly, our focus on carbon reduction, I believe, needs to be a LOT more urgent. The built environment sector still has some catching up to do.”

“We have started to focus on reducing carbon impact embodied in the built environment – unfortunately though, many smart technologies have come with huge embodied carbon impacts.”

“Just think of the 1000s of kilometres of copper cabling required in wiring every light power and data point for individual wires in a simple house? Then consider the massive impacts contained with wiring a large multistorey building, or fitouts that churn every few years?  We need to focus on disruptive smart technologies that don’t create these unintended negative consequences.”

“We need to expand our awareness beyond the technologies we seem to default to because they are easier. I think we need to refer, for example, to the ideas of Restorative Sustainability articulated so well by Bill Reid, and to open our minds when we think about technology and what it means.”

Instead of defaulting to only IT based wires and equipment engineered technology, says David, “how about expanding the use of engineered and restorative, natural systems?  Let’s encourage bio-based systems that are typically going to lead to the creation of restorative outcomes that aren’t just about reducing the size of an increased impact but create overall benefit in the outcomes. Essentially, a bio-based system would assist in taking existing carbon impacts out of the system.”

David Baggs will be leading a carbon-issues based discussion at Design Build in Melbourne on Tuesday,  October 27.  Titled, Getting beyond Carbon NetZero to zero: Is it even possible for the built environment, David will be joined by Caroline Pidcock of Living Building Challenge in Australia, Dr Dominique Hes – Beyond Zero Emissions, Richard Haynes of eTool whole Building LCA Calculator and Geoff Heard from Fytogreen.

Global GreenTag International recently increased its interest in bringing greater awareness of building products and materials that are already carbon zero, if not, they are working fast towards carbon zero and beyond to create carbon net benefits. To support this movement by manufacturers, GreenTag re-launched a unique and upgraded peer reviewed Embodied Carbon Product Certification Program called CarbonRATE™ at the end of 2019, which strongly challenges the market to design and manufacturer and use only products that can scientifically identify carbon impacts and benefits.

Photo credit: Dan Freeman on Unsplash

Global GreenTag CEO Chairs Sustainability Summit at New York Build Expo 2020

Daniel Huard, Chief Executive Officer of Global GeenTag Americas will be taking up the role of Sustainability Chairman this year for the New York Build Expo and the line-up for the one-day event on March 3rd “is stellar” reports Mr Huard who will be facilitating the presentations and conversations between more than 20 sustainability- focused speakers.

Global GreenTag International in 2019 became the Global Sustainability Partners for Build event organisers, Oliver Kinross Events, the London and Hong Kong based company that are behind New York Build, London Build, Sydney Build and Chicago Build.

Global GreenTag personnel are assisting Oliver Kinross teams to curate educational content for Build expos with particular emphasis on sustainability to create more value for Build event visitors. Daniel successfully kicked off the Partnership last year as a Chair for the Sustainability Summit at Chicago Build Expo.

Speakers for the Sustainability Summit at New York Build will be “talking to an exciting range of sustainability topics and projects,” says Daniel, and covering both local (New York) and global sustainable construction initiatives in.  Amongst the speakers, presenters include:

Emily Durand, the Sustainability Program Manager of Skanska, who will uncover strategies that the project development and construction group have been using to address carbon across the life cycle of buildings: Carbon in Construction – Tools for Impact;

Michael Tumulty, Vice President – H2M Architects & engineers, is delivering on Stronger and More Resilient Infrastructure to Address the Effects of Climate Change;

Monica Beall, Director of Sustainability, Construction for Lendlease will be presenting on Making Sustainability on Construction Sites A Reality;

Jo Palma, Founder & Design Partner of PALMA will be delivering on The Future of Sustainability in Tall Structures.

A major panel event is also part of the Summit and titled: Championing Sustainability – speakers include Zachary Schechter-Steinberg, Vice President – Policy – Real Estate Board of New York, Thomas Abdallah, Deputy Vice President and Chief Environmental Engineer – MTA New York City Transit and Ellen Zielinksi, Director of Sustainability – New York City Housing Authority

Read more about the full line-up of speakers.

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BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: Global GreenTag LLC, Americas

Women in Construction Ambassadors Called to Unite for a Game-Changing Sydney Build Expo 2020

Sydney, 20th January 2020 – Australia’s leading construction, design and infrastructure expo, Sydney Build, is set to host its largest Women in Construction Summit ever, with an impressive line-up of female ambassadors and industry professionals poised to gather at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney’s Darling Harbour this March.

Over 1,000 women are expected at the free-to-attend summit on March 20, with presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities taking place on the Sydney Build 2020 main stage.

Now in its fourth year, the annual Women in Construction Summit is designed to connect and inspire a traditionally under-represented demographic in the built environment industry, by presenting opportunities for female professionals and students interested in construction, architecture, engineering and design, to progress in their chosen field.

Notable panellists, including Jo Withford, (Project/Contract Manager for Transport NSW), Debora Silva (Assistant Project Manager at Currie & Brown, Australia) and Emrana Sikder (Architect and Associate at Architectus) will address pertinent subjects such as ‘Empowering Women in Construction’, ‘Building WOMEN, not just HOUSES’, and ‘Breaking through the glass ceiling’, as well as the topical issue of the gender pay gap.

Afterwards, the Women in Construction networking event will give professionals and students across all industry sectors, including architecture and urban design, project management, property development, marketing, engineering and construction, the opportunity to connect and grow their industry networks in a supportive environment.

Dominique Gill, Managing Director at Urban Fitouts, mother of three and Sydney Build 2020 speaker, is excited to be involved in the WIC Summit this year.

“In 2016, I took the leap from my role as Project Manager at a major construction firm to make it on my own with Urban Fitouts – challenging the notion that the construction industry is a man’s-world – and I’m proud to say that we now boast a team of 12 full-time staff,” said Ms Gill.

“What I love about the Women in Construction Summit at Sydney Build is the sense of camaraderie and motivation you get from being surrounded by extremely successful, professional women who wear many hats.

“We’re in this together, challenging each other to take our careers to the next level – it’s definitely a support network I could’ve used when first starting out – so I’d encourage any woman in the industry to get involved.”

Becoming a Women in Construction Ambassador is free, and applications can be completed via the Sydney Build 2020 website.

Women in Construction Ambassadors will be given an online platform with their listing and statement on the Sydney Build website, receive a WIC Ambassadors’ badge, first-hand introductions during the networking event and an active role in curating the important questions and topics to be discussed during the summit.

To register for free tickets and to find out more, visit https://www.sydneybuildexpo.com/wic.

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About Sydney Build Expo

Showcasing all the latest infrastructure and construction opportunities in New South Wales, Sydney Build features a large-scale exhibition of 350+ exhibitors across three halls, with over 300 top-level speakers, eight stages with free-to-attend summits and more than 10,000 attendees.

For further information visit the Sydney Build website.

Looking forward to the Australian Construction Awards

Global GreenTag International is proudly standing behind the Australian Construction Awards, co-hosted by Sydney Build Expo running concurrently with the Awards from March 19 – 20.  Brett Hazlett, CEO of Global GreenTag Australia & New Zealand, who is sitting on the Advisory Board of Sydney Build for 2020, says he is “excited” about the forthcoming awards, which will be announced on March 19 at Sydney’s Darling Island Wharf.

Deadline for submission into the Australian Construction Awards is December 20th. 2019. “If the calibre of entries that entered the Awards last year are anything to go by, we are in for another great showcase of standout Australian projects,” says Brett.

“Global GreenTag is super impressed with the dedication, passion and professionalism of the Awards’ organisers from Oliver Kinross” who develop and steer Sydney Build and a number of highly successful Build expos around the world. “Our global company, Global GreenTag International, was also very honoured to join arms this year with Oliver Kinross as the Global Sustainability Partner of Sydney Build and other Build expos around the world. Our CEO of the Americas, Daniel Huard, is already working closely with the next Build events for New York and Chicago.”

More about the Australian Construction Awards 2020

As a part of the Sydney Build Expo, the Australian Construction Awards 2020 are the leading construction awards in Australia, built on celebrating the achievements, developments, and innovation within the industry. Taking place on the evening of March 19, 2020, the event brings together the best of Australia’s leading construction professionals, providing exclusive networking opportunities for attendees. All awards are free to enter and are impartially judged by a panel of leading industry experts from across Sydney, New South Wales and Australia as a whole. Any company that services the Australian construction, architecture or design industry are eligible to enter.

Over the course of the evening, guests will enjoy live music, drinks, and a 3-course dinner all whilst enjoying one of Sydney’s premier event locations. The Australian Construction Awards 2020 is a way for colleagues, family, and friends to share professional achievements with one another in a way that no other event does. Not only does it allow for professionals to connect with one another in a more intimate setting, it also is a way for high-level industry professionals to be congratulated by their community.

Winners of the Australian Construction Awards 2020 will not only gain notable recognition within the construction, architecture, and design communit, but also a prestigious trophy, a formal certificate, and a logo that can be used for any and all future marketing efforts. Companies who are shortlisted for awards will receive an Australian Construction Awards 2020 media banner that they can use on literature or marketing material to show their achievements. 

Nominations

All companies that service Australian construction, architecture, or design industry are eligible to be nominated which can be done via the Australian Construction Awards 2020 website at www.australianconstructionawards.com.

Companies can nominate up to a maximum of 3 awards. It is free to nominate candidates for award categories. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to December 20th, 2019. 

Award Categories

With 18 diverse award categories, the Australian Construction Awards 2020 boasts of its wide range of elite nominees and reflects the versatility within Australia’s construction, architecture, and design industries. Awards are presented the night of the event by category sponsors in front of an audience of over 500 industry movers and shakers, allowing award winners to stand out among the best of the best. The award categories include:

  1. Diversity and Inclusion Award
  2. Technological Innovation of the Year
  3. Australian Build Excellence
  4. Transport and Development Award
  5. Marketing Campaign of the Year
  6. Sustainable and Environment Award
  7. Women in Construction Award
  8. Offsite Construction Project of the Year
  9. House Builder of the Year Award
  10. Infrastructure of the Year Award
  11. Architectural Practice of the Year Award
  12. Regeneration Project of the Year
  13. Health and Safety Solution of the Year
  14. Supplier of the Year

As a decision to enhance the ACA’s transparency and promote industry participation, there are 4 Industry Choice Awards. This enables the public to be able to view nominee entries and vote on the following award categories:

  1. Construction Software of the Year Award
  2. Architectural Project of the Year Award
  3. Innovation Award of the Year
  4. Brand Expansion Award

Judges

The ACA 2020 judges are senior-level professionals that hail from top organizations within Australia’s construction, design, and architecture communities. These organizations include AECOM, Liang O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan, WSP Australia, Hutchinson Builders, and many more.

Once the deadline to nominate a company for the ACA 2020 has closed, the panel of judges will review the submissions and make their shortlists.

Previous Winners of Australian Construction Awards

Past winners of Australian Construction Awards have created for themselves a reputation of being industry leaders and influencers. A few winners for ACA 2019 include, but are not limited to: 512HQ, Sydney Water Corporation, Meriton Group, The Footprint Company, Modscape, Joe Adsett Architects, Gartner Rose, and many more.

Australian Construction Awards 2020:

19th March 2020

7:00 pm – 11:30 pm

For more information, to nominate a company, or to purchase a ticket:

www.australianconstructionawards.com

laura@australianconstructionawards.com

Global GreenTag Americas Making a Positive Mark in the US

The Global GreenTag team has just completed a successful couple of weeks visiting Global GreenTag Americas. Travelling from Los Angeles on the West Coast, south to Kansas, then closing for three days at the Greenbuild International Expo and Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Pictured above at the Global GreenTag Americas’ booth at Greenbuild 2019 (left to right) Daniel Huard – CEO Global GreenTag Americas, Brett Hazlett – CEO Global GreenTag Australia & New Zealand, David Baggs, CEO & Program Director – Global GreenTag International

“It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks with a range of notable successes!” said David Baggs, Global GreenTag International’s CEO and Program Director, who travelled through the US with Daniel Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas and Brett Hazlett, CEO of Global GreenTag Australia & New Zealand.

The GreenTag team, he said, met with some trail blazing manufacturers both existing and new and a dazzling line up of green building professionals during the US tour.

Pictured above, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the US Green Building Council is cheered onto the stage at Greenbuild 2019, Atlanta.

Global GreenTag Americas’ CEO Daniel Huard happily concurs, adding:

“It was great to visit with the team some really inspiring manufacturers who are committed to sustainable processes.  Then to attend Greenbuild together, which is a highly valuable experience to be a part of. It was a fabulous three days. When the sustainability community come together, they never fail to inspire,” said Daniel who took up the reins of CEO for GreenTag Americas exactly one year ago in Chicago at Greenbuild 2018.

Brett Hazlett in his second visit to Greenbuild agreed “the passion in the US green building community is really uplifting plus it was wonderful to meet manufacturers in the US who are doing some very interesting work.”

David Baggs adds that the Global GreenTag team were also invited to the grand finale event of Greenbuild, which was hosted by the Mohawk Group who have a number of products that have been certified by GreenTag.  He said: “Mohawk put on an incredible show. It was an event in itself and GreenTag would particularly like to thank George Bandy, Chief Sustainability Officer of the Mohawk Group, for his and Mohawk’s hospitality.”

“All in all, our trip was really successful.  Daniel Huard has been doing some wonderful work in the US in the last 12 months. Greenbuild went off swimmingly and the international team look forward to returning next year,” said David.

 

Reveal Your CarbonRATE™

CarbonRATE™ – a unique peer reviewed Embodied Carbon Product Certification Program – has been re-launched under the Global GreenTag International Certification Standard.  CarbonRATE™ has been upgraded to strongly challenge the market to design, manufacture and use only products that can scientifically identify carbon impacts and benefits.

Speaking in more detail about the CarbonRATE™ program this week in America at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Atlanta,  David Baggs, Program Director and CEO of Global GreenTag International explained that GreenTag’s new CarbonRATE™  “is deeper detailed to help accelerate a bold climate positive agenda.  Our core mission to help protect and regenerate natural resources firmly sits behind this new set of carbon labelling and metrics,” says Mr. Baggs.

The CarbonRATE program is rolling out for products undergoing GreenTag’s EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) and LCARate certification programs.

Mr. Baggs adds: “What we want is for each CarbonRate TAG issued to tell the whole carbon story behind the full life cycle of each product.” This level of information will be particularly of interest to companies and projects whose policies are now focused on reaching low carbon and zero carbon targets.

The new CarbonRATE TAGS provide products with high visibility carbon performance graphics that include real carbon metrics – instantly communicating the climate performance of products that have been assessed in the program.

“It is vital in this time of climate emergency that we identify for companies and consumers alike the differences between products,” says Mr. Baggs. “By disclosing the proper information and taking products through a program of CarbonLCA (Life Cycle Analysis) we can now show clearly how individual products are reducing climate impacts or providing climate net benefits. We can help quantify carbon offset needs required for specific carbon claims and provide ISO compliant data for robust carbon claims using detailed life cycle analysis.”

Global GreenTag International is a signatory to the World Green Building Council’s (World GBC) bold new #AdvancingNetZero program’s Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront Vision – an initiative that encourages buildings and infrastructure around the world to reach 40% less embodied carbon emissions by 2030 to achieve 100% net zero emission buildings by 2050.

For more information about CarbonRATE, please contact:

David Baggs, CEO & Program Director Global GreenTag International 

Phone: +61 7 3399 9686 (Intl)

Australia – Freecall: 1300 263 586

Email:  ceo@globalgreentag.com

 

Global GreenTag Leaders Converge at Greenbuild China

Pictured (from left to right) Cricket Liu (Licensee partner of Global GreenTag in Mainland China) Daniel Huard (CEO GlobalGreenTag Americas), Samantha K Allen, (Director International Well Building Institute, Asia) and James Connelly (Vice President, International Living Future Institute)

Greenbuild China this year became the site of Global GreenTag International nurturing new initiatives for its operations in Mainland China and the Americas.  Cricket Liu,  GreenTag’s licensee partner for Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan joined forces in Shanghai with Daniel Huard, GreenTag’s CEO of the Americas and together they had talks with teams from a number of the world’s leading green building rating schemes as GreenTag works towards some exciting development to benefit manufacturers throughout Mainland China, Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Speaking from his offices in Xiamen, Mr Liu who is also Technical Director of Ecosafene/CASfire, a leading product testing company in Mainland China, says “it was fantastic to join Daniel Huard at Greenbuild.  I have heard a lot about Daniel who introduced me to some very positive and dedicated people from the USGBC who hosted Greenbuild China as well as,  the International Living Future Institute and the International WELL Building Institute.

“The manufacturing market in Mainland China is one of the biggest in the world and I am confident that the Global GreenTag Certification programs have a lot to offer it.  We are very eager to help support the growth of Materials Transparency, green product manufacturing and green building projects in Mainland China and beyond,” said Mr Liu.

Pictured (from left to right) Cricket Liu (GreenTag in Mainland China), Nicole Granath (Novatis Flooring), Daniel Huard (GreenTag Americas) and James Connelly (Vice President, International Living Future Institute)

Daniel Huard, who is also a LEED® Fellow, and an International WELL Building Institute™ WELL Faculty member said:

“The energy and content at Greenbuild China  “was amazing. I was impressed with a whole list of inspiring green initiatives which are happening in this part of the world and it was wonderful to be joined by Cricket Liu.  His background in product and safety testing is highly valuable to GreenTag and it was great to introduce him and our GreenTag offerings to colleagues in Asia. Together we met with some fantastic industry operatives both from Mainland China and others on the global scene concerned with accelerating sustainability globally. It was great to represent GreenTag together and to lay more foundations to establish our Certification Standard as one of the most scientifically advanced product certification systems in the world.”

Pictured (from left to right) Cricket Liu (GreenTag Mainland China), James Connelly (Vice President, International Living Future Institute) and Daniel Huard (GreenTag Americas).

For more information about Global GreenTag Americas, contact Daniel Huard:

Cell: +1 702.604.3359

Email:  ceo@globalgreentag.us

For more information about the Global GreenTag in Mainland China, contact Cricket Liu:

Mobile: +8613850 006 035

Email: cricket.liu@ecosafene.com

Reduce Repair Reuse Recover Recycle – definitely not a waste of time

Our in-house LCA specialist Nana Bortsie-Aryee, originally from Ghana, weighed in on recycled content in building materials for an industry seminar in Brisbane Australia recently.  The event followed a call for public projects to spend a portion of procurement budgets on recycled materials. The event was staged by Global GreenTag International’s new Industry Partner, the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS).

In association with Lend Lease, the SCSS invited an industry audience of property, construction and infrastructure professionals and suppliers to explore circular economy opportunities with specialists who spoke to the topic: Reduce Repair Reuse Recover Recycle – definitely not a waste of time – a focus that follows a recent announcement by Trevor Evans who is the Member for Brisbane and Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management and seeking agreement from state and territory environment ministers for new targets that will require all states and territories to spend a portion of their procurement budgets on recycled materials for public projects.

Nana, who is part of the Global GreenTag International Product Assessment team, explained how actions to Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recover and Recycle are indeed very much in process by manufacturers whose green product lines have achieved Global GreenTag certifications.  Nana said:

‘In some cases, we have assessed products that are truly innovative in their design and honour the full lifecycle impacts of product production through to end of life and reuse.  Nonetheless,  within GreenTag’s stringent certification processes, we also need to tick boxes to ensure that products meet fit-for-purpose requirements of the industry as well.  Consequently,  there are many products, which have undergone our certification processes and are readily available for the Australian building industry and building industries worldwide to use in place of business as usual products.”

The specialist panel also included Robert Ball, Senior Development Manager –Communities at Lendlease who presented the Yarrabillba sustainable case study and Hayley Jarick, CEO of SCSS who delivered on the questions of why recycling is in the spotlight and the capacity of industries to respond.  All speakers responded variously to a set of questions that included:

  • Why has this become a ‘burning platform’ that desperately requires action?
  • What resource treasurers are hiding in Australia’s trash?
  • Will this be the boost the domestic commercial market for Australian waste needs to scale up and maximise efficiency?
  • Who in the supply chain is set up to enable hitting these targets and who could be ready soon?

The Supply Chain Sustainability School of Australia provides an online learning forum designed to help Australia’s property, construction and infrastructure sectors to improve their knowledge of broad sustainability issues.

The School represents a collaborative approach to developing environmental, social and economic sustainability competencies through the supply chain. It is a free resource, available to any team, client or supplier working in the construction industry, and is part of a continued commitment to lead the industry into a brighter, more sustainable future.  It is a national, not-for-profit initiative, based on the Supply Chain Sustainability School that operates successfully across the UK.

We need to think about expanding the use of engineered and restorative natural systems

Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director David Baggs opened the panel session Disruptive Sustainable City Technologies at The Star in Sydney today for Sustainability Live asking, among other questions, if engineered and restorative natural systems are being considered for our cities to address the emergency of climate change.

David set the context for the session, saying:

11,000 scientists declared this week that the world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society

They declared clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency and that To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live.

This entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.

The Climate Emergency is happening faster than predicted with a number of impacts that were predicted being worse than predicted..and unexpected unpredicted events being realised regularly…

So our focus on carbon needs to be a LOT more urgent. Hence the current push for awareness of the Climate Emergency.

The thing is that we are only now starting to focus on reducing carbon impact embodied in built environment.. and many smart technologies have come with huge Embodied impacts.. just think of the 1000s of kilometres of copper cabling required in wiring every light power and data point with individuals wires in a simple house let alone a large multistorey building…that then the Fitouts churn every few years.

We need to focus on disruptive smart technologies that don’t create unintended Negative consequences. We also need to expand our awareness beyond the technologies we seem to default to because it’s easier.

I’m glad to hear my old mate Bill Reid and his Restorative Sustainability being quoted by Roger in his keynote this morning and I’m particularly glad that Atlantis is a late addition to our panel … because I would like you to open your minds when you think about technology and what it means.

We should not default to only IT based wires and equipment engineered technology. We need to think about expanding the use of engineered and restorative natural systems, because biobased systems are typically the only way we have of creating restorative outcomes that aren’t just about reducing the size of an increased impact, not creating overall benefit in the outcomes … taking existing impacts out of the system.

The industry panellists were:

  • Susanne Pini, principal and national director of retail and mixed-use at HDR
  • Nicci Leung, founder and creator at Lifepod
  • Davina Jackson, writer, editor and curator
  • Paul Burgess, Atlantis, Business Development Manager.
  • Aidan Mullan, sustainability manager at Interface

The lead questions were:

  • Which ‘disruptive’ and ‘sustaining’ technologies can contribute to sustainable cities’ transition?
  • How can we facilitate transition to these technologies?
  • Are projects are around now that we can use to case study these technologies?
  • How do we de-risk changes to these technologies?

Looking to a low carbon future … how will cities make the transition?

David Baggs, Global GreenTag International’s CEO and Program Director will be joining a stellar list of speakers in Sydney on November 7 to look more closely at Disruptive Sustainable City Technologies, the title of a panel event that he will be moderating on behalf of Sustainability LIVE.

There are still seats available for the event to be held at The Star in Sydney as well as a number of other CPD Endorsed Seminars that will follow throughout the day.

David will be moderating the discussion, which will unpack ways forward as cities (already a major source of global environmental and resource depletion programs) become over populated.  The panel will dialogue on ‘disruptive and sustaining technologies that can contribute to city-based sustainability transitions – and a low carbon future.

The Disruptive Sustainable City Technologies panel will also include Aidan Mullan from Interface, Kathryn Walker from Knuaf, Nicci Leung founder and creator at Lifepod, Susanna Pini,  principal and national director of retail and mixed-use at HDR and Davina Jackson, writer, editor, curator and  Honorary Academic from the University of Kent School of Architecture.

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Manufacturers’ Summit: Have you considered taking your materials transparency global?

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~ Manufacturers & Suppliers’ Summit

Please join Global GreenTag Americas & Global GreenTag International for this 2 hour event:

Have you considered taking your materials transparency global?

With carbon, wellness and ethical supply chain impacts looming in the construction industry landscape, we hope you can be our guest on Monday (3pm-5pm) November 18 in Atlanta, Georgia – Prior to the start of Greenbuild 2019 Atlanta.

In association with Sustainable Investment Group  (SIG)] and Green Building Education Services (GBES.com) Daniel A. Huard, Global GreenTag Americas’ CEO is facilitating a 2 hour event in company with Global GreenTag International to present a number of exciting new developments that will:

  • Leverage your product transparency.
  • Simplify the process.
  • Provide dramatic efficiencies by taking your products global using transparency as the major means of communication to the Architecture, Design and Construction (AD&C) community.
  • Engage each of the major international rating tools simultaneously.

Daniel Huard will open the event and expand into the detail of Global GreenTag’s role in the US and broader Americas markets, delving deeply into the range of rating tool relevancies and recognitions designed to make the manufacturers’ job of selling to the AD&C market easier, faster and more efficient, and how GreenTag gets certified products onto the desktops of existing and prospective customers every day, in numerous different ways. Leveraging your certification effort is key, find out how to do it best.

David Baggs, Program Director and CEO of Global GreenTag International will dig deeper into the issues of importance and how the Global GreenTag Standard and recently expanded range of GreenTag Services enables manufacturers to continue to stay relevant and in tune with the market and where it is moving, mapping out for participants how the recently expanded Global GreenTag system of certifications are going to be working concurrently with movements that are demanding attention on carbon, wellness and ethical supply chains.

Brett Hazlett, CEO of Global GreenTag Australia & NZ will provide details of how manufacturers can travel further with us and leverage from GreenTag support with a new market support, including both staff and customer communications packages that assists companies to both train internally their Sales & Marketing teams and help them communicate more effectively the value of their Global GreenTag Certified Products to customers.

Register below for ‘Have you considered taking your materials transparency global?’

We look forward to seeing you.

Thank you!

 

Date:     Monday, November 18, 2019
Time:    3pm -5pm
Venue:  Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) and Green Building Education Services (GBES.com) HQ 

Address:     5607 Glenridge Dr NE, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA, 30342 (Google Map)

For more details, please contact:

Daniel Huard, CEO, Global GreenTag Americas
Email: ceo@globalgreentag.us
or Phone: +1 702.604.3359

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