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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.

‘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.

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

Read more about:

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

INDE.Awards image library here.

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

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

Read more about:

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

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.

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

I n v i t a t i o n

~ 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

REGISTER HERE

Photo credit: Daan Stevens on Upsplash


Pre-sale tickets for The Sustainability Live Conference are now on sale.

Sustainability Live is CPD-endorsed day of panel discussions and presentations which aims to encourage discussion and awareness of sustainability challenges facing the architecture and design the industry.  Participants in the Live conference can earn 6 formal CPD-points.

Join Industry experts, thought leaders and other like-minded professionals at The Star, Sydney on the 7th November as we explore a range of topics including:

The Continuing Evolution of Indigenous Design: Ros Moriarty, managing director at Balarinji and Moriarty Foundation will join other Indigenous designers to discuss their unique design perspectives and contributions to the sustainable built environment industry, and what we can do to ensure Indigenous voices are heard in the industry.

Disruptive Sustainable City Technologies:  Which ‘disruptive’ and ‘sustaining’ technologies can contribute to city-based sustainability transitions?  Join Global Green Tag CEO David Baggs and other experts as they talk to this question and discuss how we can advance toward a low carbon future.

Adaptive reuse for a more sustainable building: The energy savings and social advantage of recycling a valued heritage place should make adaptive reuse of old buildings an essential component of sustainable development.  Lisa Sorrentino joins a panel of experts who will ask, why aren’t we doing more of it?

Ros Moriarty, Jo Gillies, Philip Thalis, Lisa Sorrentino, Davina Jackson and David Baggs are just some of the speakers announced in the 2019 Live program line-up.

Register now for discounted pre-sale tickets

A limited number of pre-sale tickets are available now, saving you $50.00 off the full-priced ticket. Register for discounted tickets here: https://www.sustainablebuildingawards.com.au/news/

View the full Sustainability Live program here: https://www.sustainablebuildingawards.com.au/news/sustainability-live-2019-conference-program-now-available/

Global GreenTag congratulates Green Building Initiative on the introduction of their Green Globes® 2019 Rating Standard

Global GreenTag International a member of the Green Building Initiative wishes to Congratulate GBI on the recent release of their 2019 version of the nationally recognized Green Globes® building green rating assessment, guidance and certification program which is used in a multitude of project types in the USA and Canada.

Global GreenTag Americas’ CEO Daniel A. Huard who is a renowned green building authority who recently served as Chairperson for ‘The Sustainability Summit’ at the inaugural Chicago Build, says “We congratulate GBI’s Executives and Board of Directors adding the ability to dynamically update their Green Globes standards, it is a very progressive step to strengthen the, ANSI recognized Green Globes 2019 version of their standard now expanding beyond the US and Canada into Mexico, Central America, Brazil and South America.”

Mr Huard, himself a Green Globes Assessor, went on to state that he and the Global GreenTag International Certification Team are committed to contributing to the ongoing development of the Green Globes Standard Rating Tool(s) and respective frameworks. He said: “Green Globes has been well designed to provide a smart and efficient assessment pathway for new and existing projects to cost less to operate and be considerably more energy and water efficient with sustainability capabilities overall. We are very happy to be part of the solution of bringing greener and healthier buildings into the world.”

Global GreenTag’s certification programs are underpinned by science and ISO standards compliance ensuring global application and capability, that saw in 2018 the introduction and increased rigor of the GreenTag PHD™ (Product Health Declaration) to provide content inventory and hazard analysis to the 100ppm level, “a significant increase that equals the most stringent Product Disclosures in the world,” says Mr Huard,  “a crucial part to see our certifications recognition expanding beyond the US and Canada into Mexico, Central America, Brazil and South America as well.”  GreenTag certified products undergo some of the most stringent transparency certification and declaration processes in the world,” he said.

Huard further provides that GreenTag’s globally applicable ‘HealthRATE™’ program, which uniquely reports on human health impacts of products in use will gain prominence as Green Building Ratings systems look to incorporate greater wellness and human health concerns within their ratings systems. “I look forward to one day soon where users of Green Globes Certified Buildings will search for useful product information dynamically updated on www.globalgreentag.us, and as well see designers, specifiers and certification reviewers get applicable GreenTag PHDs and EPDs on www.ORIGIN.build, www.transparencycatalog.com, and www.ecomedes.com.”

Come Meet Global GreenTag Americas

Global GreenTag will be appearing and participating at the USGBC’s annual GREENBUILD expo and conference.

For more information, contact: Daniel Huard

Cell: +1 702.604.3359

Email:  ceo@globalgreentag.us

CV: Daniel A. Huard

Global GreenTag CV: Global GreenTag LLC, Americas

Kingfield Galvanizing makes the 2019 AFR Most Innovative Companies List

Global GreenTag International congratulates Kingfield Galvanizing this month.  The progressive manufacturer whose product Kingfield Galvanizing Hot Dip Galvanized Steel is certified GreenTag LCARate SILVER was honoured to be recognised as one of Australia and New Zealand’s 2019 Most Innovative Companies by The Australian Financial Review and BOSS magazine.

Pictured above General Manager of Kingfield Galvanizing Stephen Clarke (left) & Chair, Steve Lelli (right) proudly accept the award for achieving the prestigious annual list, published by The Australian Financial Review and BOSS Magazine

The prestigious annual list is based on a rigorous assessment process managed by Australia’s leading innovation consultancy, Inventium, in conjunction with a panel of industry expert judges. For the first time in 2019, organisations were ranked directly against their peers across ten industry lists. All lists can be viewed here Most Innovative Companies.

Kingfield Galvanizing ranked 7th on the Property, Construction & Transport list, from over 800 nominated organisations across Australia and New Zealand. The judges look at how valuable the problem is that the innovation is solving, the quality and uniqueness of the solution, and the level of impact that the innovation has had. Inventium assesses internal elements such as innovation culture, strategy, resources and process, which demonstrate a sustainable and repeatable approach to innovation.

Kingfield Galvanizing is thrilled to be recognised “for our innovation as the first plant in Australia to implement an Environmental Management System and achieve and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Hot Dip Galvanizing. We also made the list thanks to exceptional innovation practices as our EPD enables our customers to contribute to points on Infrastructure Sustainability Rated Projects and Green Star rated commercial construction projects. We are excited about our contribution to the future of sustainable construction and infrastructure development in Australia. Our General Manager, Stephen Clarke captures it best:

“This is the second year that our innovation program has been recognised by the AFR. This year, it’s testament to
our teamwork in developing an Environmental Management System across our business and achieving Australia’s
first Environmental Product Declaration for hot dip galvanizing. Our team is committed to sustainability through
continuous plant and process innovation. This accolade recognises the value Kingfield’s innovation delivers to our
customers in contributing points to Sustainability Rating Tools for leading commercial and infrastructure projects.”

AFR’s Most Innovative Companies List

The Australian Financial Review Most Innovative Companies list (previously the BRW Most Innovative Companies list) is now in its eighth year. The list ranks the most innovative organisations in Australia and New Zealand, and is the only national list of its kind. The list is judged and compiled by Inventium –Australia’s leading innovation consultancy. Inventium uses a unique, scientifically proven approach to help organisations grow through innovation. In 2019, the list comprised of ten industry lists of ten organisations, compiled from over 800 nominations.

“We are thrilled to announce the first ever industry specific Most Innovative Companies list. What
separated the most innovative organisations was the involvement of the customer, the entire way through
the innovation process. Leading innovators also had strong mechanisms in place to recognise the
innovation efforts of their staff.”
Dr Amantha Imber, CEO Inventium

Moving from Sustainability to Full Transparency

Global GreenTag International will be kicking off a new partnership next month in the US with Oliver Kinross the global ‘Build’ brand expo and conference organizer. GreenTag has become Oliver Kinross’s  Global Sustainability Partner – a wonderful opportunity for the GreenTag International team to help guide and curate sustainability content and educational opportunities with the Hong Kong based organization – at their popular Build events around the world – starting with Chicago Build from September 19-20.

Launching the new role as a Global Sustainability Partner with Oliver Kinross, Global GreenTag Americas CEO – Daniel A. Huard – is presenting and leading a panel discussion for Chicago Build on September 19 called Moving from Sustainability to Full Transparency – moderating a panel of guest green collaborators who will be sharing their stories.

The following day, September 20, Daniel will serve as Chairperson for Chicago Build’s Sustainability Summit. He will also be delivering a presentation titled: Striking the Balance Using Materials Transparency  (to achieve Sustainability, Wellness, Healthiness and Resiliency).

Daniel is one of the most accomplished sustainability practitioners, experts and advocates in the US green industry today and “has taken to the new partnership with gusto,” says Brett Hazlett, CEO Global GreenTag Australia and New Zealand. Brett, who will be joining Daniel at Chicago Build, was responsible for setting up the new partnership with Oliver Kinross MD APAC James Mckenzie in April this year.

Daniel has been working closely and enthusiastically with the Oliver Kinross lead team to bring his expertise for not only Chicago Build but for New York Build in 2020,” says Brett.

Global GreenTag International has been single expo partners with Oliver Kinross since Auckland Build in 2016 and Sydney Build in 2017, says Brett, “and both myself and David Baggs (GreenTag International’s CEO and Program Director) have always admired the support of Oliver Kinross, in their vision, their execution of events and their openness to creatively platform sustainability content and supporting GreenTag product certification.”

Daniel as CEO of Global GreenTag Americas, concurs. “This is an exciting new venture and I am very much looking forward to serving as Chairperson for the Sustainability Summit in Chicago. The speakers are all high value.” Daniel’s own presentation for the Summit, he says, will be “an informative, engaging education session and critical for green building practitioners and facility managers interested in better understanding opportunities to leverage positive material selection choices; informing building design, operations and maintenance to achieve Sustainability, Wellness, Healthiness and Resiliency.”

Seen as a significant player in the sustainability space as both a doer and a disruptor, globally, Daniel holds more than a dozen professional designations, including being a global LEED Fellow, a Green Globes’ Assessor and an appointed member of the International WELL™ Building Institute’s WELL Faculty.  He says:

 “My belief is that we can create a better world than the one we inherited where places that we work and live in contribute to society’s improvement and our collective Living Standard. Using Material Transparency as a tool to accomplish our aspirations, we can drive positive and innovative advances in buildings.  Inhabitants and even communities should also see positives from materials choices made and incorporated into our buildings.”

The two day Sustainability Summit at Chicago Build will be filled with an exciting line up of expert speakers who will discuss the latest developments in sustainable construction technology and design, including hot topics of Energy Code; Resiliency Planning; Sustainable Supply Chain Management; Smart Design and much more.

The full two-day Sustainability Summit at Chicago Build will also be featuring:

  • Sheri Brezinka, Regional Director, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Susan Heinking, LEED Fellow – Vice President of High Performance and Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction Company
  • Nikos Avlonas, President and Founder, Center for Sustainability and Excellence
  • John Brophy, Director of Environmental Technology-Wright College/ Sustainability Manager, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Katie Kaluzny, LEED Green Associate, BIT Booster Associate Director, Illinois Green Alliance
  • Lacey Smith, Program Planner, Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE)
  • Lois Vitt Sale, Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Vice President, Wight & Company
  • Gavin Taves, Development Associate, Chicago Housing Authority
  • Joe Dardis, Structural Steel Specialist, American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
  • Ellen Sargent, Director – Sustainable Initiatives, Chicago Housing Authority.

As well as many other highly knowledgeable green building participants.

You can register for the Sustainability Summit with Chicago Build HERE

To attend the Global GreenTag Americas panel event for industry: Moving from Sustainability to Full Transparency on September 19, please let Global GreenTag Americas know HERE.

 

For more information, contact: Daniel A. Huard

Cell: +1 702.604.3359

Email:  ceo@globalgreentag.us

CV: Daniel A. Huard

CV: David Baggs

CV: Brett Hazlett

Global GreenTag CV: Global GreenTag LLC, Americas

What is FRONT.design?

FRONT reinvents the traditional exhibition format to provide you with the essential tools and products for future specification. Held over two days, 29-30 August, FRONT is a commercial, B2B event for sectors including commercial, hospitality, education and healthcare.

In 2019 FRONT continues to deliver the most innovative, forward-thinking products relevant to commercial interior designers, architects, property developers and consultants.

What makes FRONT.design unique?

Unlike the plethora of trade exhibitions that we’re used to seeing, FRONT.design turns the traditional exhibition format on its head. The event focuses on building deeper connections through open exhibitor showcases located alongside dedicated meeting zones that allow you to step off-stand for a quick conversation, or connect for a pre-arranged meet-up. These relaxed and open hubs are served by all-day coffee and catering – to keep the conversations flowing.

Who will be there?

Built on the premise of future-focused design that makes an impact, FRONT.design is attended by the industry’s most prominent thought leaders, movers, shakers and change-makers. Delegates will represent a diverse mix of providers from industries including commercial design, development and construction, hospitality, education, healthcare, property and real estate. Last year’s delegate list featured the likes of Arup, Build Corp, BVN Architecture, Colliers International, Dexus, Gray Puksand, Macquarie Group, Rubicon Design and Construct. View the full list of 2018 attendees here.

What’s in it for me?

FRONT.design is not your everyday design trade exhibition. Also, it’s definitely not an event catering purely to architects and interior designers. The built environment is made up of key players ranging from facility managers, government specifiers, real estate brokers, hospitality venue owners, managers and more. The idea of FRONT.design is to bring everyone under one roof for the entirety of the event. Register today and book yourself in for…

LEARN about the latest design innovations

View the complete exhibitor list

EARN CPD points

Book your CPD presentations here

Share in KNOWLEDGE at our FRONT Forum

Browse and book FRONT Forum sessions here

LEED® and USGBC Recognize Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ (the GreenTag PhD™)!

The presence of Global GreenTag LLC, Americas in the US market is set to be enhanced further. The certifier’s Global GreenTag PhD, Materials Transparency Certification Program (reviewed and assessed by the LEED Committee and MR Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been formally recognized within the LEED framework of Rating Systems.  GreenTag’s program is among the most stringent product disclosures in the world, and now noted by LEED and USGBC (US Green Building Council) as a Program that is formally recognized for not only LEED v4.1 but also v4.0, appearing in the next digital updates of the LEED Technical Manuals.

Global GreenTag Americas was launched in the USA last November at the GreenBUILD expo and conference hosted annually by USGBC, the creator of the LEED building certification program.

Thrilled by the USGBC decision, Daniel A. Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas says “USGBC Technical Staff and the TAG did a thorough review and have approved the GreenTag Product Health Declaration for inclusion in the ‘REACH Optimization’ pathway for LEED v4 and LEED v4.1 rating systems’ compliance internationally for The MR Building Product Optimization: Material Ingredients credit Option 2. Bringing the GreenTag PhD to LEED is one of the outcomes that we have been working towards. We were very pleased to read in the USGBC report that our PhD program:

“… builds upon SDS/GHS regulatory reporting and goes further than required by LEED to include the evaluation of process chemistry (in some instances), end use product ingredients, and exposure/risk in the in-use phase. For these reasons, the program exceeds what is required in scope for the LEED Option 1 credit in some ways…”

Joining with Global GreenTag last November to help accelerate sustainability at a product level in the US, Huard warmly acknowledges the work of founders of Global GreenTag International, David Baggs (CEO and International Program Director of Global GreenTagCertTM) and Mary Lou Kelly  (Managing Director) “for their support, ongoing determination and work in leading GreenTag’s Australia based staff to evolve GreenTag’s  product certification protocols, such that they continue to be the best in the world. It is a well-earned validation of the GreenTag Certification Team’s tireless work, who are all very appreciative of USGBC’s decision.”

Following its increased rigor update of late 2018, the 2019 GreenTag PhD now provides content inventory to the 100ppm level, “which equals the most stringent Product Disclosures in the world, says Huard, and for building professionals this means that any question of stringency of content inventory evaluation is more than satisfied for all of GreenTag’s PhD certifications from January 1, 2019 forward.  In addition, all PhDs issued previously will be updated as well to the new protocol by June 30 2019 to ensure that all LEED practitioners can have confidence that where a LEED credit is mentioned on a GreenTag PhD there is formal recognition within LEED of that product’s LEED credit relevance.”

Global GreenTag also is developing a training program and narrative translator documents on the PhD for LEED Project reviewer(s) to insure that the ingredient, amount, role, and hazard for all ingredients present in the final product is made available in one or other of the compliant formats and to efficiently articulate the easiest way to find that data assisting in reviewer determination.

GreenTag Program Director, David Baggs says “we are new to the US but greatly look forward to helping the market better understand our certification protocols, which are based on factual data, detailed science and ISO standards compliance (among others). Understandably for some, while definitely LEED recognized and relevant they are not so familiar. That said,” Baggs adds:

“Our PhDs are unique for other good reasons, in that we take the ingredient hazard flags and through a thorough risk assessment, we eliminate the hard work for green professionals wanting to not only use LEED but also go beyond LEED and understand the actual health impact of the product in use via the ‘GreenTag HealthRATE’ rating. These Health ratings are included on our PhDs, so from the multiple perspectives of LEED compliance, time saving and healthy building creation they are a win-win-win outcome for manufacturers and green professionals, alike.”

Huard says that he is “so proud of Global GreenTag’s collective commitment to materials transparency certifications and particularly its dedication to collaborating with USGBC, WELL™, Green Star® and other global sustainability Ratings Systems to bring about reporting methodologies, which make it easier for our client’s products to be validated compliant and consequentially helping in the review process for LEED Building Certifications.”

Additionally, says Huard, Global GreenTag has begun collaborating with HPDC and others in the product ingredient transparency space to help harmonize the way hazard information is presented following the release of LEED v4.1 “such that LEED MR Building Product Optimization: Material Ingredients credit Option 1 documentation is more consistent for reviewers to find and also ensuring that our PhD certifications along with the collaborators will be accepted without need for a translation document.”

Watch out for GreenTag PhDs as they are updated on www.globalgreentag.com,  www.ORIGIN.build, www.transparencycatalog.com, and www.ecomedes.com.

For more information, contact David Baggs:

Phone: +61 7 3399 9686

Email:  ceo@globalgreentag.com

CV: David Baggs

CV: Daniel A. Huard

 

Global GreenTag Certified Product Manufacturer Evalution Flooring Achieves Another Green First for South Africa

Evalution Flooring in Cape Town, South Africa, the vinyl flooring manufacturer that has four green product lines certified with Global GreenTag has embarked on the first phase of a sustainability project that will be the first of its kind in South Africa to enable zero waste in the luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring arena.

“This waste recycling initiative is really impressive, creative and innovative,” says Lizette Swanevelder, Director of Global GreenTag, Africa. “Evalution Flooring are to be congratulated.”

As part of its quest to curb its carbon footprint, Evalution Flooring has teamed up with Recycle 4 Africa Waste Management (R4AWM) to recycle LVT offcuts and uplifts by transforming them into eco-bricks, pavers and potentially other re-usable products in the future.

Speaking in an article with Concrete Trends Eva Kaiser, Founder of Evalution Flooring says:

 “Up until now there had not been a way to recycle the vinyl due to the many layers that make up the product. The first brick has been made completely out of recycled waste, including plastic that can’t currently be recycled and would have landed up in landfill. Unlike other eco-bricks, no sand or cement has been added. The brick has been tested and was found to have no leaching and no emissions. It also has a compressive strength of 15 MPa  – higher than the average 5.2 MPa of concrete bricks.  Plus, it is fire and rodent resistant. The product will soon be tested officially by the National Home Builders Registration Council to obtain certification for use in the building industry.”

Kaiser adds that there’s plenty of LVT all around South Africa and Evalution “are currently working on how to logistically get all this material to a central point without adding to the carbon footprint. We are also exploring how to finance this massive project. While we might not be able to supply the market with eco-blocks just yet, the most important thing is that there is now a solution for directing LVT away from landfill.”

Director of Waste Management at R4AWM, Debbie Sharp, adds: “Long-term, it would be ideal for companies to combine their feedstock, and for R4AWM to provide them with containerised waste management units which house all the necessary equipment to process LVT waste and enable them to manufacture the eco-bricks on site. By providing companies with this technology, we hope to minimise all facets of waste, and divert it from landfill sites.”

Praising the initiative between Evalution Flooring and R4AWM, Graham Cruickshanks, Managing Executive: Market Engagement at Green Building Council South Africa, says “It is through such thinking that the industry is inspired to think innovatively about how it uses waste differently and gainfully.”

Kaiser shares that Evalution Flooring is working hard towards the sustainability of its LVT flooring over its entire life cycle.

“We have the first – and currently the only – GreenTag Certified LVT flooring products in South Africa in both our Amtico and mFlor ranges.  Our Amtico Spacia and Amtico Spacia Acoustic flooring products have achieved a Level B rating, while the Amtico First, mFlor 25-05 and mFlor 20-03 LVTs have achieved Level C status. What this means is that Level B Certification will achieve 85% of the points required by the Green Building Council for a Green Star Rating for internal finishes, while Level C Certification will achieve 75%. GreenTag Certification is important as the process involves the entire supply chain from the ingredients to the final product, including all sustainable practices throughout the production process.”

“This is a break-through! We are so excited to be introducing this new way of recycling LVTs. Although the project is in its infancy and much still needs to be done, we are confident it can be achieved,” Kaiser concludes.

Evalution Flooring products certified with Global GreenTag, include (mFlor LVT flooring, Amtico First LVT flooring, Amtico Spacia LVT flooring and Amtico Spacia Acoustic LVT flooring.   

For more information about Evalution Flooring and R4AWM,  visit http://evalution.co.za and www.r4awm.com respectively.

Article Source –Concrete Trends: https://www.concretetrends.co.za/news/evalution-flooring-achieves-another-green-first-for-south-africa/

Three Defining Moments in the birth of the Global GreenTag Certification Program

Global GreenTag International CEO and Program Director David Baggs was recently interviewed by the green building directory, network and information sharing platform – Rate It Green.  The story about the genesis and evolution of the Global GreenTag Product Certification Standard and Certification Mark starts here:

QUESTION:

If the backstory of the Global GreenTag Certification Program were to be articulated by three defining moments, what would they be?

DAVID BAGGS:

Actually, there are three easily recalled ‘moments’ each in different time periods that do explain how the Global GreenTag Certification Program came about and evolved.

Firstly, and somewhat broadly from a time period point of view, the genesis of the Standard at a deep level was already emerging during my early career path, which involved nearly 20 years as a passive solar and healthy buildings architect. I had designed over 300-earth wall, green roof and straw bale buildings and more than 35 earth covered buildings in the years before 1995. I guess the first turning point into the domain came when my company and I was appointed, through 1995 and 1996, as Sustainability, Energy, Materials and variously Government and Media Liaison for 10 of the Sydney 2000 Green Olympic Games Venues.

With those project teams, we went on to use Integrative Design Processes to develop and win bids, strategize policy, facilitate sustainability outcomes, audit the projects against their original commitments and report to Government and oversight NGOs. Along the way, I undertook hundreds of mini-Life Cycle Analyses (LCA) and created a number of ‘Designer’s Guides to the Eco-rating of Materials’ documents to assist the architects and engineers for those projects choose the most appropriate sustainable materials for each project.

However, the second and single most defining individual ‘moment’ towards what eventually became Global GreenTag was when my co-founder Mary-Lou Kelly (whose core value is a love of this planet) approached me in 2002 shortly after our businesses joined forces and pointedly asked: “What are you doing with all that LCA product information that you developed for the Olympic Projects?” My response? ”Using it on our projects”… and her reply was “that information is too important to be sitting on our shelves. It needs to be got out, so the broader industry can use it”.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW – ON RATE IT GREEN