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Meet the Dedicated and Passionate Product Assessors Behind Global GreenTag Cert TM Certification

Global GreenTag International’s team of product assessors are often found absorbed deeply in product information, toxicology reports, research papers, Life Cycle Inventory datasets and delving deep into global product supply chains. 

It is all in a day’s work for this dedicated team of expert product assessors.  Each are highly driven and focused in going about their specialised assessment processes and working with manufacturers and suppliers from around the world.  All of whom like our product assessors are committed to the journey of expanding the boundaries of sustainable materials development and production in order to bring green products across the line as third party certified and rated with Global GreenTag’s certification, declaration and verification processes.

David Baggs, Program Director of Global GreenTag CertTM and co-founder with Managing Director Mary-Lou Kelly of Global GreenTag International’s three Product Certification Standards, says:

“We are enormously proud of the team. Both the highly qualified core team of assessors at Global GreenTag International, who are led by lead product assessors Dr Nana Bortsie-Ayree and Dr Judy Luo and our associated team members who work specifically in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and as custodians of extensive and comprehensive Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) supply chain databases with the Evah Institute, that is led by Delwyn Jones a renowned Sustainability Scientist.

“The brains and experience trust represented by all members combined is staggering,” says David.

“They come from a wide range of scientific knowledge backgrounds, including from the fields of engineering, the sustainable built environment, materials specialisation, lead auditing and environmental sciences and management.”

“The momentum for ISO & EN standard certified products is growing and especially for advanced product certification programs that can be trusted,” David adds.

“GreenTag has become super busy in the last year as a result of this demand. We have welcomed major new agencies to handle the demand for Global GreenTag certification, including Mainland China and the Republic of Korea as more and more manufacturers are turning the tide to upgrade their processes to be more sustainable and release more and more greener products into the global market.   

“Plus we have some major new assessment projects coming up as well that we are all very excited about and the assessment team are looking forward to the challenge. We shall be talking about this very soon. Stay tuned!”   

MEET:

The Global GreenTag International Assessment Team

DR JUDY LUO

Lead Product Assessor,

Country Business Development Manager China

(Currently on Maternity Leave)

Judy is the Product Assessment Team Leader and manages all China related business development activities. She has a Doctoral Degree in the field of Sustainability and Construction Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. READ MORE

DR NANA BORTSIE-ARYEE

Acting Lead Product Assessor,

EPD Program Manager, African Business Development

Nana manages the Global GreenTag Environmental Product Declaration Program andis responsible for overseeing Business Development in Eastern, Western and Northern Africa. He is a Sustainability and life cycle assessment (LCA) Specialist who is also a Product Assessor with a Master of Engineering in International Material Flow Management and Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Administration. He is a qualified Exemplar Global Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor.   READ MORE

SAPHY HAU

Product Assessor

Saphy  holds a Bsc in Energy Engineering and she has recently finished her Masters of Environmental Management majoring in Sustainable Development with three Dean’s commendations received during her studies. She is a qualified Exemplar Global Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor.  READ MORE

BAMBANG RIYADI KOPROTO

Product Assessor

Bambang holds a Master degree in Environmental Management and a Bachelor Degree in Biological Science. He is a qualified Exemplar Global Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor.  READ MORE

ESTHER MA

Product Assessor

Esther holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering, a Masters of Environmental Engineering Management and a Masters of Water Engineering. She is a qualified Exemplar Global Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor.  READ MORE

JILL JING

Product Assessor

Jill holds a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Engineering and Wastewater & Waste Engineering (UNSW) and is a qualified Exemplar Global Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor and brings her experience as an environmental consultant to Global GreenTag and a passion for sustainable development and Circular Economy thinking.  READ MORE

The Evah Institute LCA/LCI Team

DELWYN JONES

Founder and Director of Sustainability Assessment – Evah Institute

Delwyn works LCA with Global GreenTag on moving the boundaries of product assessment with GreenTag’s advanced certification program, LCARate™ She creates globally adopted sustainability benchmarks, databases, guidelines, specifications and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). READ MORE

DR LESLEY FRIEND

Lead Education Associate – Evah Institute

Lesley is Evah’s Lead Education Associate, who consults on sustainability pedagogy and education reform in diverse cultures. READ MORE

DR SHADIA MOAZZEM

The Evah Institute

Shadia is Evah’s newest Associate. Award-winning Dr Shadia Moazzem completed a PhD from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University in 2021. That work focused on LCA of textile supply chains and waste management.   READ MORE

DIRESHNI NAIKER

The Evah Institute

Direshni has been an Evah Associate since 2019 and is the Principal Consultant of Gaia Conscious Consulting. READ MORE

MATHILDE VLIEG

The Evah Institute

Mathilde is a MSc Industrial Ecology graduate from the TU Delft and University of Leiden in the Netherlands. READ MORE

MURRAY JONES

The Evah Institute

Murray manages Evah’s business and IT development and is an awardwinning business developer, with a BSc in Mathematics.  READ MORE

SHLOKA ASHAR

The Evah Institute

Shloka Ashar was instrumental in developing Evah’s founding life cycle benefit assessment methodologies and LCI databases for OpenLCA software. READ MORE

Global GreenTag PHD™ UPDATE for WELL v2, Green Star ‘Buildings’ and LEED v4.1 Credits

The Certification Program for Global GreenTag CertTM  Building, Interiors & Infrastructure Rating Tool and Schemes has been updated to correct an issue that is relevant for certified products that have also been awarded with a Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration (PHD™).

An issue recently detected by GreenTag’s internal Quality Management System found a misnaming of PHDs assessed for alignment under the International WELL™ Building Institute Pilot Features program as being compliant with WELL v2 Feature credits and this is incorrect.

All records in our Rating Tool Compliance Document are now up to date to reinforce these recognitions and compliance distinctions between PHDs assessed during the WELL Pilot Program and those later for WELL v2 and up to date with credits for WELL v2, Green Star ‘Buildings’ and LEED v4.1.

Information on PHD certificates published on our websites also have been updated to correctly report their compliance and credits with WELL v2, GreenStar® ‘Buildings’ and LEED® v4.1

For further enquiries and clarification about your PHD product certificates, please contact Global GreenTag’s Product Assessment Team Leader – Dr Nana Bortsie-Ayree

Email – certification@globalgreentag.com  Phone – 1300 263 586 | +61 7 3399 9686

The Nature Positive Roundtable – All Welcome!

Delwyn Jones, Founder and Director of Sustainability Assessment at The Evah Institute has made time and will be presiding over our first Global GreenTag International Open Roundtable this coming Wednesday, November 17.   The Roundtable follows Delwyn’s presentation recently on the subject of ‘Nature Positive’ and solutions through Life Cycle Benefits Analysis (LCBA).  We now invite people to join us to voice their ideas and dialogue with Delwyn and each other about reaching for gains beyond zero loss, as she suggests to help build cases for regenerative development and guide a stronger Nature Positive direction for their own companies.

The session will be facilitated by Brett Hazlett, Global GreenTag’s Business Development and Global Sales Strategist, who will be engaging YOU in this discussion and also be joined by other members of the Global GreenTag team, including Managing Director Mary-Lou Kelly, David Baggs CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag CertTM  and Lead Product Assessor, Business Development Africa and LCA specialist Dr Nana Bortsie-Ayree.

The Evah Institute is a close associate of Global GreenTag, working with us on moving the boundaries of product assessment with GreenTag’s advanced certification program, LCARate™.  Delwyn has presented papers with us at international forums like SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) to push beyond zero loss by introducing LCBA to see and measure gains for Nature Positive and Circular Economy processes. 

Delwyn creates globally adopted sustainability benchmarks, databases, guidelines, specifications and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). With Evah, she introduced the world’s first cradle to grave EPDs reporting damages and benefits using Evah2020 LCBA methods.

Her global firsts include quantifying whole-life net-positive-carbon building and piloting construction-sector, virtual-modelling LCA software for KPMG’s Head Office in Holland and for Stanford University in the US.

In an Australian first, Delwyn was the LCA Auditor to the Olympic Coordination Authority and NSW Supply for green procurement contracts. Other national firsts include LCA of products, public buildings, infrastructure, EPDs and the brief that achieved the first 5-star Greenhouse rated building in Australia. Delwyn was a BHP Research Scientist for 15 years and Principal Scientist for Queensland Public Works Built Environment Research for 16 years.

PLEASE REGISTER:

‘The Nature Positive Roundtable’

Wednesday, November 17 at 3pm – Brisbane  (4pm Daylight Savings Time)

Email: manufacturers@globalgreentag.com

THE EVAH INSTITUTE

The Evah Institute aims to visualise, communicate and achieve climate and wildlife secure futures by enabling hope, inspiration and capacity amongst people so they are able to quantify, model and support carbon drawdown and regenerative development.

To enable companies achieve these ends, Evah associates develop new eco-profiling methods, including novel carbon drawdown rules and methods and life cycle assessment to quantify gains beyond environmental damage.  READ MORE ABOUT THE EVAH INSTITUTE

GLOBAL GREENTAG INTERNATIONAL

Global GreenTag International provides Type 1 (third party) product certification, declaration and verification programs for manufacturers with exemplar green product lines in building materials, interiors, personal care and cleaning products.

Using Global GreenTag CertTM (one of the most scientifically advanced, product certification standards in the world) Global GreenTag simplifies the selection of environmentally sustainable, healthy and ethical products for industries like Architecture, Design and Construction. The system both assesses and ranks products through leading LCA and LCBA based product ecolabelling and rating schemes that also include a CarbonRATE™ scheme.

Global GreenTag also provides third party, assessed product declaration programs – an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), a Product Health Declaration (PHD) and a Modern Slavery Declaration (MSD), which is the first product level declaration of its kind in the world to help manufacturers and procurement teams eliminate modern slavery occurring in global supply chains.

Helping professionals to make informed decisions about preferred green and ethical products to protect both the health of environment, workers and consumers, Global GreenTag currently has more than 16,000 products under certification in over 22 countries, used in buildings and offices throughout Australia and the world.

Becoming Nature Positive – a Conversation with Delwyn Jones on how to get there with Life Cycle Assessment

Delwyn Jones, Founder and Director of Sustainability Assessment at The Evah Institute will be the next guest of Global GreenTag’s Conversation Series on Wednesday October 27. Delwyn will be engaging us in a conversation that will centre around her pathway for product manufacturing and by association the built environment to become ‘Nature Positive’ – what that will look like and what it means. 

We are inviting people who register to also provide us with questions that they would like to ask this pioneer in Sustainability Science. For one lucky winner, Delwyn will also be giving a prize away – a 30-minute Life Cycle Benefit Analysis (LCBA) class with Evah Institute on their chosen topic via ZOOM.

The Evah Institute is a close associate of Global GreenTag, working with us on moving the boundaries of product assessment with GreenTag’s advanced certification program, LCARate™.  Delwyn has also presented papers with us at international forums like SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) to push beyond zero loss by introducing LCBA to see and measure gains for Nature Positive and Circular Economy processes. 

Delwyn creates globally adopted sustainability benchmarks, databases, guidelines, specifications and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). With Evah, she introduced the world’s first cradle to grave EPDs reporting damages and benefits using Evah2020 LCBA methods.

Her global firsts include quantifying whole-life net-positive-carbon building and piloting construction-sector, virtual-modelling LCA software for KPMG’s Head Office in Holland and for Stanford University in the US.

In an Australian first, Delwyn was the LCA Auditor to the Olympic Coordination Authority and NSW Supply for green procurement contracts. Other national firsts include LCA of products, public buildings, infrastructure, EPDs (for ThermoShield) and the brief that achieved the first 5-star Greenhouse rated building in Australia. Delwyn was a BHP Research Scientist for 15 years and Principal Scientist for Queensland Public Works Built Environment Research for 16 years.

For this Conversation, hosted by Brett Hazlett, GreenTag’s Global Sales Strategist, Delwyn will be providing her perspective on why reaching for gains beyond zero loss enables and inspires sight and creation of regenerative development, whether that be in nature or design, production, construction or use of the built environment.

The event will cover:

* A quick walk through the land of Life Cycle Assessment

* What is Nature Positive?

* The Law of Reciprocity

* New Frontiers in Circular Economy

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

‘Becoming Nature Positive – a Conversation with Delwyn Jones on how to get there with Life Cycle Assessment’

Wednesday, October 27 at 3pm AEDT

Email: Manufacturers@globalgreentag.com


THE EVAH INSTITUTE

The Evah Institute aims to visualise, communicate and achieve climate and wildlife secure futures by enabling hope, inspiration and capacity amongst people so they are able to quantify, model and support carbon drawdown and regenerative development.

To enable companies achieve these ends, Evah associates develop new eco-profiling methods, including novel carbon drawdown rules and methods and life cycle assessment to quantify gains beyond environmental damage.  READ MORE ABOUT THE EVAH INSTITUTE

GLOBAL GREENTAG INTERNATIONAL

Global GreenTag International provides Type 1 (third party) product certification, declaration and verification programs for manufacturers with exemplar green product lines in building materials, interiors, personal care and cleaning products.

Using Global GreenTag CertTM (one of the most scientifically advanced, product certification standards in the world) Global GreenTag simplifies the selection of environmentally sustainable, healthy and ethical products for industries like Architecture, Design and Construction. The system both assesses and ranks products through leading LCA and LCBA based product ecolabelling and rating schemes that also include a CarbonRATE™ scheme.

Global GreenTag also provides third party, assessed product declaration programs – an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), a Product Health Declaration (PHD) and a Modern Slavery Declaration (MSD), which is the first product level declaration of its kind in the world to help manufacturers and procurement teams eliminate modern slavery occurring in global supply chains.

Helping professionals to make informed decisions about preferred green and ethical products to protect both the health of environment, workers and consumers, Global GreenTag currently has more than 16,000 products under certification in over 22 countries, used in buildings and offices throughout Australia and the world.

Conversation on Carbon with Jonas Bengtsson

Global GreenTag International will be presenting Jonas Bengtsson, CEO and Co-Founder of the science based sustainability consultancy Edge Environment on Wednesday, September 22 for its monthly Conversations Series. This month we have invited Jonas to explore with us the topic of carbon and how to more effectively manage the carbon footprints on construction projects.

Jonas who has a MSc in Physics specialising in problem solving, a Diploma in Psychology from Gothenburg University and a Master of Environmental Management from UNSW has a passion and curiosity for sustainable development and market change. He believes that there is a long way to go before we can work effectively across supply chains and organisations to establish a sustainable existence. However, Jonas also sees opportunities to engage and unleash a global resource of entrepreneurship, creativity and productivity that can transform our society to the kind of world that we really want within our lifetime – where unsustainable is unthinkable. 

For this session with Global GreenTag International, Jonas will be providing his perspective on why carbon is important and will be discussing solutions to get out of the mess that mismanagement of carbon has created for the environment through the impacts of climate change.  The event will cover:

* What is Carbon?

* How do we work with Carbon? Can we?

* The role of LCA (Life Cycle Assesment) and EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations)

* Rating Tools & Carbon

* Future trends – predictions for LCA and EPDs

* How Global GreenTag is an active participant with LCARate, CarbonRATE and EPDs

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

‘Conversation on Carbon with Jonas Bengtsson’

Wednesday, September 22 at 3pm AEST

Email: Manufacturers@globalgreentag.com

EDGE ENVIRONMENT

Edge Environment was established in 2008 as a sustainability consultancy to help companies ingrain sustainability into their cultures, both for responsible and commercial performance.

Edge consultants combine science, strategy and storytelling to facilitate and support the growth of clients in areas that include carbon and climate resistance, sustainability leadership and communications, sustainable and ethical procurement, circular economy and life cycle thinking and sustainable delivery.

The award-winning, multi-disciplinary team of Edge Environment are also passionate about what they do and the positive impact it can have. They strive consistently to unearth win/win situations for clients and their companies and the planet, by leveraging both experience and relationships to solve problems by providing tailored, holistic solutions.

GLOBAL GREENTAG INTERNATIONAL

Global GreenTag International provides Type 1 (third party) product certification, declaration and verification programs for manufacturers with exemplar green product lines in building materials, interiors, personal care and cleaning products.

Using Global GreenTag CertTM (one of the most scientifically advanced, product certification standards in the world) Global GreenTag simplifies the selection of environmentally sustainable, healthy and ethical products for industries like Architecture, Design and Construction. The system both assesses and ranks products through leading LCA based product ecolabelling and rating schemes that also include a CarbonRATE scheme.

Global GreenTag also provides third party, assessed product declaration programs – an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), a Product Health Declaration (PHD) and a Modern Slavery Declaration (MSD), which is the first product level declaration of its kind in the world to help manufacturers and procurement teams eliminate modern slavery occurring in global supply chains.

Helping professionals to make informed decisions about preferred green and ethical products to protect both the health of environment, workers and consumers, Global GreenTag currently has more than 16,000 products under certification in over 22 countries, used in buildings and offices throughout Australia and the world.

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Exclusive agreement signed with IGSC and Global GreenTag International to certifiy eco-friendly products from South Korea

The Institute of Global Sustainability Certificate (IGSC) has signed an Exclusive Agency Agreement with Global Green Tag International to service domestic export companies with Global GreenTag’s advanced  eco-friendly, healthy and ethical product certifications and declarations, which are assessed under the Global GreenTag CertTM certification system and Global GreenTag International Certification Standards.

Dr Noh-hyn Lim, IGSC’s Certification Business Director said under the new Agreement with GreenTag:

“IGSC aims to service domestic export companies with recognised sustainable green certifications and cooperate in the development of new certification schemes and global dissemination.”

David Baggs, CEO of Global and Program Director of Global GreenTag International said:

“We look forward greatly to working with the Institute of Global Sustainability Certificate (IGSC) and discovering more of Korean manufacturing at its best. We are pleased to enhance access to our certifications and declarations for Korean companies by working with IGSC to further help sustainable products from the region to enter or have more success in accessing green building markets globally.

IGSC provides a variety of global certification services for smooth overseas exports of domestic Korean manufacturers. 

“The Exclusive Agency Agreement with GreenTag will help IGSC expand our certification area to environmentally friendly buildings, building materials, interiors, cleaning and personal products and particularly for certifications such as vegan, kosher and ISO management certifications,” Dr Lim continued.

Through GreenTag, ISGC will now also be able to offer International EPDs, various footprint certifications and certification services for sustainable, healthy and ethical products, including:

David Baggs added:  

“Our emphasis on assessing products especially for healthiness in use with the GreenTag PHD, has been widely embraced and sought by industry practitioners because of increased global health concerns. An ‘Asthma and Allergen Sensitive™’ qualification has also been added to the service in 2021, which is of great interest in the region as well.”

Global GreenTag’s PHD service provides deeper levels of product health information with content inventory and hazard analysis to the 100 parts per million (ppm) level. The PHD program firstly bans a comprehensive list of the worst ingredients and then offers externally peer reviewed toxicology information about the constituent materials in product.

Uniquely, it then also informs, through its BronzeHEALTH, SilverHEALTH, GoldHEALTH or PlatinumHEALTH tiered HealthRATE™ system, the potential level of healthiness that a product has on humans when correctly installed in clients’ offices or homes – essentially a ‘Healthiness in Use’ Tag so that consumers can also clearly understand the health performance and rating of a product and its actual impact in their home or work environments.

“The GreenTag PHD is a big plus for professional firms working on projects who want to avoid health risks for end users and will now benefit Korean manufacturers who want increased access and success in sales to such health centric projects,” said Mr Baggs.

Importantly for Korean manufacturers, the GreenTag PHD is widely recognised in the global green building industries, and particularly by the leading green building standards of LEED® (which operates in over 170 countries) and by the health and wellness focused WELL™ rating tools of the International WELL™ Building Institute.

CONTACT IGSC

For manufacturers in South Korea who are ready to certify their products under the Global GreenTag Certification Standard, please contact at IGSC:

Hanbi Kim – Research Engineer
Email: certification@igsc.kr
Phone Direct: +82 (0)2 858 4321
Fax : +82 (0)504 225 6437
Address: 403-5, 4F, 36, Digital-ro 27-gil, Guro-gu, Seoul, 08381, Republic of Korea

Join conference to learn about building a resilient future fit supply chain!

Akolade’s 5th Annual Supply Chain Innovation Conference, on 26 – 28 May at The Langham Sydney is a must-attend event for supply chain leaders.

Join over 100 of supply chain leaders who are navigating disruption and building an agile and resilient future fit supply chain. Global GreenTag is partnering with the event, so register your place now before it’s too late and SAVE with VIP code GGT50

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear 30+ practical case studies, participate in interactive workshops, see the latest technology solutions and enjoy peer networking – all under one roof!

We look forward to seeing you there!

REGISTER HERE

Interiors Australia and Denfair Forge New Partnerships with Global GreenTag International

Global GreenTag has entered new partnerships with National Media to participate in and support two new exciting exhibitions taking place in Melbourne this year. Interiors Australia and Denfair!

When: 14-16 October 2021

Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Interiors Australia is the flagship event for interior design and architecture. It incorporates the 7th edition of DENFAIR – Australia’s Contemporary Furniture and Lighting fair and sustainability is going to bea core part of the narrative of both events.

The combination of Interiors Australia and DENFAIR create the largest interiors exhibition in Australia, offering the most comprehensive overview of the world of interior design by presenting the complete landscape of products across all categories: furniture, lighting, carpet and flooring, kitchen and bath, tiles and stone, textiles and wallcoverings, smart technology and architectural products – it’s a wonderland of sought-after brands, independent makers, interior trends, new concepts and creative talent who are shaping tomorrow’s interiors.

It’s where design and architecture professionals, developers, retailers and allied professionals along with design aficionados converge for inspiration and discovery of new products, materials and furniture for all types of interior spaces and projects. 

With so much on offer, it’s the ultimate destination to experience what’s cool and cutting-edge for design-driven interiors.

It will also be a great opportunity to showcase sustainable and ethically produced products. Through our partnership with both expos, we aim to open up some opportunities for Global GreenTag manufacturers to promote their GreenTag certified, declared and verified products.

If you need assistance to showcase at Interiors Australia and Denfair 2021, both events are approved for the Austrade Business Events Grant Program .

Link now to: https://interiorsaustralia.com.au/ which has just gone live.

Link to Denfair: https://denfair.com.au/

Getting to Net Zero: Dealing with Embodied Impact

Global GreenTag International presents a new webinar for Design Matters National on April 19 for architect and design professionals. The CPD point educational will be delivered by David Baggs, Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.

TIMES:

Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane – 1:00-2:00pm, Adelaide & Darwin -12.30-1.30pm, Perth 11:00-12:00pm

Design Matters National is an industry education organisation for Australia’s largest community of Building Designers and Thermal Performance Assessors

In this webinar, Getting to Net Zero: Dealing with Embodied Impact, David explains how we need to pursue a restorative, bio-based approach to assist in taking existing carbon impacts out of buildings. Focus on carbon reduction in the building industry to avoid climate change needs to be a lot more urgent and product selection is key.

  • Examine building products certified for carbon impacts using a whole of life, sustainability, rating system that provides a CabonRATE assessment scheme to further Net Positive and Net Carbon Zero product outcomes.
  • Learn where to bring carbon-reduced products into projects using rating tools, including LEED, Green Star and market ready carbon calculation support like  EPDs, GreenBook, eTool, EC3, Athena, OneClick LCA, Revit’s Tally and BRE’s Impact.

Register for the event

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Global GreenTag CarbonRATE™  is a complete Embodied Certification Program that scientifically identifies carbon impacts and benefits, builds brand trust and, facilitates climate positive purchases and procurement processes. READ MORE

Products and Rating Tools: the changing landscape explained

Global GreenTag delivers another CPD point educational webinar on April 12 for Design Matters National

TIMES:

Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane – 1:00-2:00pm, Adelaide & Darwin -12.30-1.30pm, Perth 11:00-12:00pm

Design Matters National is an industry education organisation for Australia’s largest community of Building Designers and Thermal Performance Assessors

Products and Rating Tools: the changing landscape explained uncovers how building projects are navigated using a sustainability compass. David who is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and CEO & Program Director for Global GreenTag International, explains how you can ensure that the products you specify into projects comply with leading building rating tools, including Green Star, WELL and LEED.  Learn how to:

  • Identify integrated design principles in a building project to select products that produce significant and beneficial outcomes using third-party certified, declared and verified products.
  • Compare leading project rating schemes and learn how to structure workloads to fit in with the different programs.
  • Discern quickly the differences between certified and uncertified products to improve your supply chain intelligence and procurement process.

Register for the event

Global GreenTag Awards Exclusive Mainland China Sales Agency to CBME to Provide Green Building Product Certifications to Chinese Manufacturers Exporting to the World

Media Release – March 24, 2021

The National Building Materials Exhibition and Trade Centre (CBME) the largest agency representing more than 30,000 building materials manufacturers in Mainland China has signed an exclusive Agency Agreement with Global GreenTag International, the Australian based global product certification label to certify and declare healthy, sustainable and ethical building products produced in Mainland China for export to the world.

Last week, a team from Global GreenTag International in Brisbane Australia came together online with delegates from CBME and other stakeholders in Beijing for a signing ceremony to unveil the new agreement that will be of significant benefit to building projects worldwide in the rapidly expanding green building industries and their search for trusted and certified green products.

CBME recently became authorized by the Government led National Development and Reform Commission of China to assist Chinese manufacturers to export abroad, making CBME the executive body of the China Building Materials Alliance for Global Production Capacity Cooperation.

The new agreement means that Global GreenTag’s Product Certification, Declaration and Verification programs will become integral to the new role for CBME who for 64 years have created solutions to help lead, support, and empower Mainland China’s thriving building materials industry. Under their new role, CBME will lead China’s most capable manufactures to properly prepare and certify their sustainable products for export to the world.

Highlighting also the imperative of Mainland China to prevent and control pollution in the region and achieve goals to become carbon neutral, Qu Jiaosheng, Director of CMBE stated that CBME now shoulders the important mission of leading Chinese building materials companies to “go global” and to help break green barriers in Mainland China. Mr Jiaosheng said:

“This cooperation with Global GreenTag International comes at the right time. The carbon neutral target is written into Mainland China’s five-year economic and social development plan. Actively responding to national policies, vigorously promoting green standards to Chinese building materials companies – this will be one of the most important tasks of CBME in the future.”

Mr Jiaosheng added:

“Cooperation with Global GreenTag will not only assist domestic enterprises to obtain international green label certification, we also hope that more foreign companies will obtain China’s GreenTag certifications to enter the Chinese market.”

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International said that Global GreenTag looks forward to its new role with CBME.

“The world is currently facing an important moment, the world is undergoing tremendous changes, and a new generation of products is needed. This cooperation with CBME is also a very important decision for Global GreenTag to explore and work dynamically with the Chinese market,” said Mr Baggs.

Present at the signing ceremony were Ma Qianling, General Manager of the International Capacity Cooperation Department and Mary-Lou Kelly, Managing Director of Global GreenTag International.

Ms Kelly said:

“We are very excited that CBME has brought Global GreenTag International into their family. Mainland China represents a huge percentage of manufacturers on the Earth today and it gives us heart that sustainability is embraced as a leadership imperative in the region and the most important guide stone for the future health and preservation of the environment, wildlife, humanity and the air that we all breathe.”

Dr Judy Luo, Team Leader of Global GreenTag’s Product Assessment Team who has been leading business development for Global GreenTag in Mainland China since 2015 was also present at the signing. Commenting on the landmark agency agreement with CBME, Dr Luo said:

“The Global GreenTag Product Certification Standard is one of the most robust and advanced product certification systems in the world. We are truly ready for the job ahead to help CBME guide the progress of green materials production in Mainland China and serve the rapidly expanding global green building industries. It is also a wonderful opportunity to help educate many more people about the value and importance of accurate and third party certified product information, to legitimise Mainland Chinese manufacturers who are really green and not ‘greenwashing’ and protect the interests of consumers, globally.”

For more information and comment from Global GreenTag International, please contact either David Baggs or Mary-Lou Kelly

David Baggs (CEO & Program Director)

Email: david.baggs@globalgreentag.com

Phone: 1300 669 997  (Australia free call) or   +61 7 3399 9686

Mary-Lou Kelly (Managing Director)

Email: marylou.kelly@globalgreentag.com

Phone: 1300 669 997  (Australia free call) or   +61 7 3399 9686

For more information and comment from CBME:

Phone: 010-88082316; 010-88082322
Websites: http://www.cbme.cn/;

http://www.cbmeic.com/

Email: aliciachn@outlook.com

Address: 4th Floor, Block C, China Building Materials Building, No. 11 A, Sanlihe Road, Haidian District, Beijing


							

Dulux helping customers and consumers to win in the “green” space

Rod Vockler, Technical Manager – Sustainability, Packaging & Quality at Dulux Australia engages with Global GreenTag International for an Opening Up interview about the paint manufacturer’s commitment to the development of green products.

Location: Dulux Australia Innovation Centre – Clayton, Victoria, Australia

What inspires you about Dulux Australia as a green focused product manufacturer?

At Dulux Australia both sustainability leadership & accountability is reinforced by the integration of sustainability considerations into our policies and decision making. This is underpinned by a culture that rewards and celebrates delivering sustainable products for our customers and consumers.

For Dulux Australia is not only about being first to market with leading green products but also helping our customers and consumers to win in the “green” space. There is a recognition and understanding within Dulux Australia that is not just one department who “owns” sustainability but many working together to deliver for our customers and consumers.

Staying at the forefront of technology and investing in research & development is fundamental to building sustainable solutions.

Dulux Australia is committed to the ongoing research and development of innovative products that reduce the environmental impact of our products, without affecting their outstanding performance. This is evident in our proactive shift from solvent-based products to water-based alternatives, and the introduction of Australia’s first low VOC paint in the early 1990’s.

From initiating sustainable business partnerships, through to products and even the actual clean-up stage, we are continually developing new ways to reduce the environmental impact of our products, without affecting their outstanding performance and the quality results that Australia’s professional and DIY painters have come to expect from Dulux.

How Important are having Global GreenTag product Certifications and Declarations for Dulux Australia – and Why?

Global GreenTag product certifications and declarations are very important for Dulux Australia. These provide an independently verified third party assessment of our product’s environmental or green credentials that we can use to communicate to our customers and consumers.

Our Dulux envirO2 range has obtained the highest level of certifications in GreenRate Level A and PHD HealthRate PlatinumHEALTH, which gives our customers and consumers the absolute confidence that they are choosing an environmentally responsible product that is better for their health and environment.

Further, the formal recognition of Global GreenTag by external green building schemes such as GreenStar, WELL and LEED assists us with our customers who are seeking products for compliance to these schemes.

Dulux Australia has had a long association with Global GreenTag going back to Eco-Specifier.

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?

Ideally, a wider uptake of green building standards and a continuation of development in this area. Evolution not necessarily revolution to get more people aligned to the benefits.

Practically all of the green building standards are highly technical and complex in nature. I would like to see better and clearer communications on the benefits of the application of these standards acknowledging the different audiences and their levels of understanding.

A lot of communications are geared towards people in the industry with pre-existing knowledge and not necessary the end users who occupy the building. Whilst it is an ongoing journey you know you have achieved a “win” when you hear more regular conversations in this space with occupants and visitors to green buildings.

From a product manufacturer’s perspective, it is critical to ensure transparency and absolute robustness around ensuring what green products are specified for the project are actually used in full without any substitutions or leakage. There are many stages and touch points between having the product specified and actually having it installed.

As a snapshot in this moment and time in 2021, 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?

Given we are working under COVID these unfortunate times has had the impact of bringing about a lower environmental impact in the office working space due to the increased prevalence of working from home. This of course puts more environmental pressures from the home perspective that need to be kept in check. Personally, recycling at home is big focus where I try to lead by example with family and friends as well as using any appropriate opportunity to bring up the sustainability in daily conversations.

As I have been involved in Sustainability for over 15 years in professional life I can definitely say that sustainability is both a sub-conscious and conscious part of my decision making process. The execution of every decision has some impact on the environment.

Rod Vockler – Dulux Australia, 2021

Thank you Rod !

Building Green With Low Carbon Materials

David Baggs, CEO of Global Greentag International will help builders to take a closer look into the world of carbon rating of construction and interiors products in a new training webinar for Builders Declare Australia.

The webinar will help builders:

  • Understand what carbon is and why it is important to keep an eye on carbon impacts contained in building materials and interiors products.
  • Discover the meaning and power of LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) in relation to product assessments.
  • Learn to search for and evaluate material product options so you can specify for eco and healthy products in building projects.
  • Find out how to match product choices to comply with sustainability rating tools like Green Star and WELL for better building outcomes.

Participants will also learn about CarbonRATE, which is Global GreenTag’s Embodied Carbon Certification Program that scientifically identifies carbon impacts.

Register here

Do we need an Australian version of passive house design and what would that look like?

A panel of specialists will converge on November 12 to produce some answers to this question and more related to passive design for Australian houses and multi-residential builds. A discussion built around passive design is one of five one-hour panel topics this year for the Sustainability Digital Summit, an event that pre-Covid was best known as Sustainability Live for the last 13 years.

One of the experts, speaking from both a materials and architectural perspective on the passive design topic will be David Baggs, CEO of Global GreenTag International, Program Director of GreenTag’s Sustainable Product Certification Standard and architect of hundreds of passive houses and one yet to be certified PassivHaus. He will be joining a line-up of speakers who come mostly from architectural firms in Australia, who work daily to usher more sustainable projects into wider acceptability within the built environment:

  • Chris Barnett – Architect and Managing Director of Habitech Systems;
  • David Kaunitz, Senior Architect at Kaunitz Yeung;
  • Kylie Mills – Architect and Director at BluKube Architecture;
  • Jean Graham – Architect from Winter Architecture;
  • Melissa Herrmann who has a background in design from RMIT and is the Industry Engagement Manager for Fairview Architectural and,
  • Suzanne Toumbourou, who is Executive Director of ASBEC (Australian Sustainable Built Environment).

As a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects with over 40 years’ experience in green design as well as working for many years as a sustainable materials consultant on commercial, government and multi-residential projects, David Baggs says advocacy for passive design is critical in this day and age and welcomes the panel discussion ahead. He states:

 “Here in Australia, panel sessions for Sustainability Live have always produced great conversations and organisers do a great job of curating relevant topics and specialists to help educate and place strong and proactive ideas like passive design on the agenda.

My interest is how we can use passive design and materials to push the boundaries. Blending smart passive design with high performing and sustainable materials, products and technologies is a conscious and intentional collaboration with nature in all its permutations.  It is a common sense and responsible approach in these times of climate change to produce low impact and energy efficient builds.  The long-term benefits we all know give a holistic return on investment. Plenty of studies prove this, including reduced energy costs over time and less environmental impact.

“Importantly too, good passive design combined with the application of high quality materials that are certified to assure they are sustainable and perfect for passive design projects, equals healthier buildings to live in, too. This must be added.”

The full panel program for the Sustainability Summit is also designed to provide professionals with the opportunity to acquire CPD points as part of attending all sessions, which will total 5 formal AIA Refuel points.

To read more about the Passive Design panel session, to register for the event and others PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO APPLY

The Sustainability Digital Summit will also be running in tandem with the 2020 Sustainability Awards Digital Gala on November 12, of which Global GreenTag International is a sponsor and will be presenting awards this year for the Projects Category: Single Dwelling (Alteration).  If you would like to attend and follow the Awards and see the short list for this category and view nominations in other categories, PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK It will be an exciting year!

LEED® recognized Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ (PHD™) receives glowing reviews from sustainability leaders

Green building and sustainability leader John Harrison of GreenSlate Sustainability is pleased to hear of the decision to green light the Global GreenTag PHD™ for LEED™ projects in the USA.  Mr Harrison who is also an Architect and LEED Fellow said:

“Not only does the Product Health Declaration validate a product’s characteristics needed for building rating system requirements, but it holistically considers the global environmental and human health attributes of a product in final use and shares those impacts.”

In July, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) recognized the Global GreenTag PHD™ for the US LEED® market and in over 167 countries worldwide under its world leading building certification and rating system LEED® Versions 4.0 and 4.1.

The Global GreenTag PHD, first launched in 2017, now holds a unique place in green product certification globally.  Amongst leading US and global product and materials certification companies like UL and Cradle to Cradle, the GreenTag PHD is now the only ingredient hazard transparency report to be compliant with LEED® and also with WELL™ – the rating tools of the International WELL™ Building Institute.

Daniel Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas explains that:

“The PHD™ program provides industry practitioners with deeper levels of product health information with content inventory and hazard analysis to the 100parts per million (ppm) level. The program 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 BronzeHEALTH, SilverHEALTH, GoldHEALTH or PlatinumHEALTH tiered HealthRATE™ system, the potential level of healthiness the products help deliver when correctly installed in clients’ offices or homes – a big plus for professionals working on projects to help mitigate risks,” says Mr Huard.

The GreenTag HealthRATE™ system of Marks ranges from Bronze (indicating a product has achieved a Good HealthRATE) through to Silver (Very Good), Gold (Excellent) and Platinum (World Leading).

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International, who led the development of the GreenTag PHD, said it was motivated by a number of studies to help prevent toxic products being used in workplaces and homes.

“We already knew from studies that product toxicity found in buildings is a very real cause behind a range of human health problems – even to unborn babies – including cancer, hormone disruption, asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue and many other toxicity related illnesses. One study in Australia proved a link between toxic products in a workplace and employee sickness and by retrofitting with a range of strategies, including low toxicity products, that employees became healthier as a result. In fact, sick leave was reduced by 30% and productivity went up an extraordinary 45%,” says Mr Baggs.

When the GreenTag PHD tool was first released, Jorge Chapa, then Head of Market Transformation at the Green Building Council of Australia said: “When most people spend 90 per cent of their time indoors, there is a huge potential for our buildings – and the products within them – to positively influence the health and wellbeing of occupants. We support innovative approaches, like the PHD Product Heath Declaration, that can accelerate market transformation.”

Manufacturers from Australia to Europe, leading in sustainable product design have since sought the PHD to help underscore the direct health benefit claims of their products, claiming the Declaration “a game changer for the health of interiors and transparency in products.”

Vertilux Corporation  who saw the value for marketing health a priority has eight of its sustainable window covering products awarded GreenTag PHDs, each with a GoldHEALTH Level rating under the program.  Debbie Hessenberger, National Marketing Manager says that

“With compliance rapidly changing in the marketplace, environmental certifications are becoming more important than ever.  As a sustainable leader in the window coverings industry, it just made complete sense to extend our product certification into Global GreenTag’s PHD Program. It has definitely assisted Vertilux in cementing specifications for Government, Low Carbon and Green Building Designs, and particularly when an Architect sees that it meets the WELLTM Building Standard: Feature 04, 26 and 97.  Additionally, it has created product transparency amongst our competitors in facilitating the exchange of information to enable a future for healthier buildings and its occupants.”

For manufacturers, the decision by LEED to recognize the PHD now makes product certification easier and cost efficient given that GreenTag 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.

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.

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US sustainability specialists (left to right) Architect John Harrison (LEED Fellow and Founder of GreenSlate Sustainability), David. W. Ware (Knauf Insulation North America) and Dylan Beach (GOJO Industries) discuss the merits of the Global GreenTag PHD to help rigorously specify healthy products on building projects.

 

Video overview of GreenTag PHD

Video overview of GreenTag HealthRATE

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:                       media@globalgreentag.com 

Mobile:                     0437 407 377

OR

Daniel HUARD         (US Pacific Time zone)

Email:                    ceo@globalgreentag.us

Cell:                          +1 702 604 3359

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BIO: David Baggs

 

 

BPI Rating & Global GreenTag International partner to support climate change ready products

Global GreenTag International has partnered with Building Product Information (BPI) Rating to bring GreenTag’s complete library of certified product onto the BPI online platform.

Jonas Bengtsson, Founder of BPI Rating stated recently:

“Architects, designers and developers have asked for it, and we are proud to deliver the complete set of Global Green Tag certified products on BPI and welcome Global GreenTag to the growing database of building products to our platform.”

“This partnership is a significant contribution towards our mission to help building professionals save time finding and comparing compliant, resilient and sustainable products from responsible suppliers.”

BPI Rating is a searchable online database of information about building materials and products, designed to offer architects, designers and specifiers a “one-stop-shop” for the information that might be required to assess a building product or material for specification into a building project.

According to Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director, David Baggs,

“Global GreenTag is proud to be able to partner with BPI Rating to deliver Australia’s first holistic database of climate change ready products.”

“BPI Rating is a valuable resource not only for the A&D community but for manufacturers with pre-qualified products looking for professionals seeking such products. Global GreenTag’s certification and transparency declarations all address different aspects of sustainability, including resilience, which is a key aspect of sustainability and especially in the context of climate mitigation. Until the launch of the BPI Rating website, resilience has been the missing link in the designers, product specifiers and builders’ toolbox when it comes to building back sustainably.”

Developed by the Insurance Council of Australia, Edge Environment and Comply Flow, BPI Rating provides information on the Environmental, Social, Economic, Compliance, Performance and Resilience of building products and materials as well as collating reviews and ratings.

View now where Global GreenTag certified and declared products are live already on the BPI Rating website.

 

Jonas Bengtsson now invites those manufacturers with GreenTag certified and declared products to contact him directly for free access to their product and company profiles to add and edit information on their BPI product pages.

Email Jonas Bengtsson:   jonas@bpirating.com.au

 

 

    

 

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Being ethical or avoiding heavy penalties, the Global GreenTag MSD™ Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration helps companies monitor product supply chains

 

Released this week ready for Modern Slavery Reporting is the first ever Modern Slavery Declaration for products. The Global GreenTag International MSD™ Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration (GGTI MSD) implements a comprehensive risk assessment and verification process in association with manufacturers on individual product supply chains.

Helping manufacturers to monitor, report on and ultimately eradicate human slavery occurring in their supply chains; the GGTI MSD will, in addition, support companies with large procurement portfolios to comply with Federal, State and International government legislations in Australia, UK and USA and each of their mandatory Modern Slavery Reporting requirements. Otherwise, they potentially incur heavy penalties, depending on the territory in which they are operating.

Global GreenTag has been undertaking product and supply chain level investigations in ethical product certifications that cover many of the issues covered by the Modern Slavery legislation since its inception 10 years ago.  The company welcomes the pressure such legislative requirements applies up and down supply chain lines as Government legislations around Modern Slavery continue to grow and increase the mandate for change.

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International who has led the development of the Global GreenTag MSD™ said:

“We saw a great need and responsibility to help highlight the differences between business as usual products with no transparency about their sourcing and manufacture to those that manage their supply chains to ensure they are ethically, socially and culturally to the best of their capability – and we ‘ve done this from day one of GreenTag’s existence.

What the MSD does differently for companies with large procurement portfolios is give the industry a common language, to help in the collation and aggregation of such complex and variable quality data, make the results transparent and report on not just the risk of Modern Slavery as required by the various legislations but also on the quality of the data relied on to make that assessment.

I am sure that other leading product certification schemes like GECA, Cradle to Cradle, and UL would agree, that the reporting of every product’s life cycle from raw materials extraction to end-of-life outcomes should include ethical considerations such as Modern Slavery and be monitored and declared along with health and environmental considerations.”

Australia, has witnessed powerful legislation enacted in 2019 by the Australian Government, which turned up the heat on Modern Slavery (MS) at a national level to deal with 10 important ethical employment and human rights issues collectively now described as encompassing the concept of ‘Modern Slavery’. Companies operating in Australia with a turnover of more than $100 million are required to submit their MS statements to the Australian Border Force.

“Although the government won’t be enforcing financial penalties as yet because of the impacts of COVID19, it has introduced a world first online register to support the promotion of modern slavery transparency and this year will be publishing companies’ statements on their compliance with the new laws,” said Mr Baggs.

The development of the Global GreenTag MSD has incorporated the needs of Modern Slavery movements globally to meet MS requirements. It embarked on development of the Global GreenTag MSD after the UK in 2015 launched its Modern Slavery Legislation, requiring a mandatory MS Risk Analysis Statement publication for companies with global turnover of more than €50 million. It also followed developments by the State of California in the USA, which has legislated Modern Slavery requirements and in both France and the Netherlands, which have legislated elements of Human Rights requirements.

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

“More recently, we have been paying close attention to relevant developments in the built environment industries, such as a new credit that is being proposed within the LEED Pilot Credit Library, and the International WELL building Standard for MS Compliant or Ethical Supply Chains ” said Mr Baggs.

“The building industry is a massive consumer of products and materials, but it is not the only industry that has large procurement portfolios, so we hope to be of assistance to companies that need to quickly and progressively assess Modern Slavery risk information at a product level to support their own MS reporting requirements. With the MSD, we highlight manufacturers, products and supply chains that are doing the right thing.”

Protections included within the Global GreenTag product level MSD™ consider a list of Modern Slavery activity, involving: Deceptive Recruiting, Trafficking, Servitude, Forced Labour, Forced Marriage, Debt Bondage, Worst Forms of Child Labour, Discrimination, Equal Remuneration, Free Association and Collective Bargaining.

The scope of the MSD™ provides clarity for all parties along supply chains, communicating transparently:

  • the risk of Modern Slavery in each ingredient or element supply chain; and
  • the reliability of the data, which the Global GreenTag MSD™ statement is based upon.

The GGTI MSD report provides individual supply chain scores and weighted overall average score and risk rankings of ‘Very Low Risk’, ‘Low Risk’, ‘Low to Medium Risk’ through to ‘Medium’ and ‘Very High Risk’).  The report provides a quick product Modern Slavery Risk overview, as well as detailed supporting documentation for a manufacturer’s or their purchasers’ corporate Modern Slavery Statements, whether these be mandated or voluntarily undertaken.

Supporting the development process of the MSD, there were two Stakeholder Review processes conducted internationally by Global GreenTag. The first engaged manufacturers and individuals from various industries, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and countries to refine the final version of the MSD process and template, including three large construction companies that would be required within the Australian legislation to publish Modern Slavey Statements to understand in more detail their needs in Modern Slavery Reporting.

The second survey issued was to support the weighting process of the Product MS Scorecard to determine if the indications from the initial stakeholder process that scores should be involved, also meant that weightings of those scores should be involved also, and if so, what those weightings should be.

The results included responses from nearly 50 Australian and International companies, NGOs, City Council and Government Agencies, including several Tier 1 Construction and Accounting companies, the Green Building Council of Australia, the United States Department of Labour, Responsible Wood, and Ethical Supply and Human Rights Organisations.

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To organize an interview with David Baggs, please contact:

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

Email:                                   media@globalgreentag.com

Mobile:                                0437 407 377

To enquire further about the MSD in the USA, please contact Daniel Huard, CEO – Global GreenTag Americas:

Daniel HUARD                  (US Pacific Time zone)

Email:                                   CEO@globalgreentag.com

Cell:                                       +1 702 604 3359

To enquire further about the MSD, please contact Brett Hazlett, Global Sales – Global GreenTag International:

Brett HAZLETT                  (Australia EST)

Email:                                   manufacturers@globalgreentag.com

Mobile:                                +61 (0) 430 010 275

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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

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