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WELL™ Building Standard ‘Equivalencies’ for Products with Global GreenTag Certificates will ROLL OUT IN JANUARY

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The organisation for bringing healthy Global GreenTag certified building and interiors products comprehensively and transparently into alignment with the WELLTM  tool has officially begun.

As of January 1, 2018, all GreenTag International Standard version 4.0 Certified Products will have relevant WELLTM Building Standard Equivalency recognition/s included on their Global GreenTag Certificates.

For equivalencies that require the Global GreenTag Product Health DeclarationTM (PhDTM ), the WELL equivalencies won’t be added to a certificate, unless there is also a PhD available.  Hence from January, if people see a new product certificate, dated 2018 without WELL  Building Standard equivalencies, they will know that the product is not currently relevant to WELL;  and, if they see a certification with WELL equivalence, it will tell them (where relevant) if it needs a PhD certificate as well, to comply with the WELL Feature requirements.

“Manufacturers with products certified with Global GreenTag and with PhDs have a lot to look forward to in the New Year as the full scope of WELL  ‘equivalencies’ for GreenTag certified products comes into play,” says David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.

“The WELL standard is moving very fast into the market and having a big impact on products and procurement. There will also likely be further updates in 2018, which we will announce to manufacturers as they unfold.”

Meanwhile, Global GreenTag Certified products with PhDs now have the opportunity to step more easily into the rapidly expanding Australian WELL  market but also the USA and 30+ other countries where WELL  projects have a significant presence.  “In Australia alone, the International WELL Building Institute already has forged strong partnerships with companies like DEXUS, CBRE, Mirvac, CBUS Properties and Lend Lease … it’s a promising time for manufacturers with GreenTag certified products,” says David.

MOVE INTO THE WELL MARKET

How Global GreenTagCertTM Fits With WELLTM

WELL does not use a points system, a project achieves ‘Features’ or not. For systems not included in the original Guide, an ‘Equivalency’ system is used for recognition of additional certification systems.

The following Features relate to Global GreenTag:

Feature 04 VOC Reduction (Equivalency Approved)

  • PART 1: Interior Paints and Coatings
  • PART 2: Interior Adhesives and Sealants
  • PART 3: Flooring
  • PART 4: Insulation
  • PART 5: Furniture and Furnishings

Feature 11 Fundamental Material Safety (Equivalency Approved)

  • PART 1a: Asbestos & Lead Restriction

Feature 26 Enhanced Material Safety (Equivalency Approved)

Feature 97 Material Transparency (Equivalency Approved)

  • PART 1: Precautionary Material Selection

Equivalency with other Features has been applied for and are in process..stay tuned!

READ MORE TO BE WELL ALIGNED

To celebrate the new WELL recognition, Global GreenTag has decided to ‘Share the Health’ with product manufacturers by offering PhDs– free of charge* with new or v4.0 upgrade certifications for the month of December. Health is the core deliverable in the WELL equivalencies, and our PhDs make healthy products instantly recognisable

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE Free PhDTM Offer*

WELL™ Building Standard ‘Equivalencies’ awarded to Global GreenTag International

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Global GreenTag Certification has now formally stepped into the WELLTM  Building Standard ‘Equivalency’ recognition status, which means Global GreenTag Certified products with Product Health Declarations (PhDs) will now have an opportunity to step more easily into the rapidly expanding Australian WELLTM market but also the USA and 30+ other countries where WELLTM  projects have a significant presence.

To celebrate this new WELL recognition, Global GreenTag has decided to ‘Share the Health’ with product manufacturers by offering PhDsTMfree of charge* with new or v4.0 upgrade certifications for the month of December.  “Health is the core deliverable in the WELL equivalencies, and our PhDs make health products instantly recognisable,” says David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International.

“WELL is a leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings globally and we have decided that it is important to help manufacturers get ready to enter WELL projects and as fast as possible by adding a Global GreenTag PhDTM to products, which meet certain requirements.”

“To make this possible, Global GreenTag has decided to open a limited time window to apply for the Free PhDTM Offer* starting from today, December 1st until December 22nd,  2017. We are excited to offer this opportunity to assist manufacturers who are keen to submit their products for projects under the WELL Building Standard. This move also supports WELL Professionals implement the Standard more quickly and easily,” David said.

Products that will be accepted for Global GreenTag PhDTM certification upgrade can fall into the following categories:

  • Products with current re-certification invoices that commit to re-certification under v.4.0 (no upgrade cost involved either);
  • Any products currently certified under GreenTag International Standard v3.2 that are submitted for upgrade to v.4.0 between December 1st and December 22nd;
  • All products currently under proposal for Global GreenTag certification but not yet accepted;
  • New products that are submitted, accepted and invoiced for certification between December 1 and December 22, 2017 and paid by Jan 31st

Manufacturers who wish to apply for the free PhDTM upgrade are invited to email their application to Brett Hazlett: manufacturers@globalgreentag.com

*Application for the Free PhDTM Offer must be made between December 1st and December 22nd  2017 and will be subject to normal product renewal/recertification processes from the first anniversary of certification.

  • 1 Free PhDTM Offer per manufacturer.
  • Years 2 & 3 renewal will be invoiced at the completion of 1 year or on the renewal/recertification anniversary; whichever comes first.
  • The Free offer relates to year 1 of the 3 year cycle for a PhD
  • Additional fees or charges may be required to upgrade from version 3.2 to version 4.0

Green Star AFRICA! Global GreenTag ALL READY TO GO!

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The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) is now licenced to certify green buildings throughout the African continent with their building rating system now rebranded Green Star Africa. This is very exciting news for all of our manufacturers as the green building movement gathers even more momentum across the African continent.

Currently, products certified under the Global GreenTag GreenRateTM and LCARateTM programs in South Africa are recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa. Global GreenTag International already has the capability and is already working on converting products certified under Global GreenTag and migrating these certifications for compliance on Green Star projects in South Africa.  “With Green Star Africa rolling out, we are in the greatest position to be even more relevant on the African continent,” says Global GreenTag International CEO David Baggs.

“This potentially means more and more opportunities for our manufacturers to market more seamlessly their certified products throughout Africa. It’s a great move by the GBCSA. Our continued business presence on the ground in South Africa has been well worth the time that we have invested in to participating in and helping to support the growth of the green building movement in Africa. We can all now look forward to watching how the African regional Green Building Councils develop further their vision for greener projects across the entire continent. We can assure you that Global GreenTag has every intention to develop its relationships with those councils as they proceed.”

GBCSA’s sustainability rating scheme was originally developed by the Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) and licensed to the GBCSA in 2008 for use in South Africa. The new licence agreement allows the GBCSA, in collaboration with the seven other African green building councils (in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia) to sub-licence and use Green Star with their Local Context Report to certify buildings in their respective countries.

The GBCSA has actually been certifying green buildings across Africa outside of South Africa since 2014 in collaboration with local councils, allowing for adaptation of the Green Star SA tools for certification in their respective countries, said Thulani Kuzwayo, Regional Chair of the Africa Regional Network of green building councils in a recent statement.
“There are Green Star certified buildings already in Ghana, Rwanda, Namibia and Kenya, with upcoming registered projects in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Mauritius to follow. It is fitting that the Green Star rating system name now encompasses the entire continent aZambias the green building movement goes from strength to strength in the region.”

What will this mean for existing Global GreenTag certified products, as the new Green Star Africa tool takes effect in different Green Building Council regions throughout Africa?

 

David Baggs says that Global GreenTag expect further amendments to unfold with the use of the Green Star Africa tool in different regions but is confident that product certification conversions should not be too difficult.

“Interior fitout products already certified in Australia are easily converted to meet the Green Star SA Interiors Tool requirements set out by the Green Building Council of South Africa. For the rest of the African continent, as they take on the new Design and As Built rating tool, GreenTag certified products will more than likely be recognised also, in addition to the current INTERIORS rating tool.”

Currently, both Global GreenTag GreenRate and LCARate certification has been recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) as a product certification standard for the Materials Fit out Calculator in Green Star SA Interiors Rating Tool. It does however require an interpretive evaluation against the GBCSA recognition criteria and issuing of a separate GBCSA Rating certificate. The GreenTag GBCSA Rating certificates are recognised for certifying interiors fitout, consisting of four categories: Furniture, Assemblies, Flooring and Wall Coverings.

Romilly Madew, CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia recently stated that “the growth of green buildings in Africa and involvement of the industry is truly inspirational and the GBCSA has driven a new way of thinking about green buildings – one which captures the benefits of green building not only for the environment, but for people too.”

“Building rating systems are one of the most powerful mechanisms to drive positive change and market transformation, and to build better places for people too. I’m optimistic that this new era for Green Star will help other countries in Africa to achieve success too.”

Located in Africa? Contact Lizette Swanevelder: lizette@globalgreentag.com

 

Located outside of Africa? Contact David Baggs: david.baggs@globalgreentag.com

Reducing the Risks Using Certified Products To Help Beat NZ’s Costly Health Problems With Leaky Buildings And Other Sick Building Issues

Health issues connected with Sick Building Syndrome in New Zealand have received prominence as more medical claims come forward from people with health problems  linked to leaky, mouldy and damp buildings. It’s a pressing national issue already highlighted by BRANZ through air quality studies conducted in New Zealand homes and schools and also as a huge and costly problem for the NZ economy.

Sub-par building practices have been largely blamed for leaky building problems but the use of “cheaper, uncertified building products and materials are also a lurking culprit,” claims David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of the Global GreenTag product certification system who will be presenting on November 2 a workshop at Auckland Build 2017 on the issue.

Early this year, Global GreenTag introduced onto the market a new Product Health DeclarationTM   (PhD) tool that will be of great value to New Zealand building professionals on future projects and be taking sick building issues – head on.  David is going to be showing Auckland Build how the new product health tool will help professionals:

  • Make distinctions confidently between products that are safer for human health and those that are not.
  • Communicate health related product decisions to clients and building occupiers with a lot more ease for everyone’s peace of mind.

Unfortunately, says David, leaky buildings and their negative health impacts – most prominently asthma – are just one issue that can be product linked.  Sick Building Syndrome is everywhere.  “As building product certifiers, we have known for a long time 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.”

An ‘indoor environment’ study, published last year by the American Chemical Society, found a concerning combination of chemicals  present and leaching or gassing off from products that people take in daily through their skin and airways in a range of typical indoor scenarios.

“It would help greatly if more governments mandated strict product certification to help curb the problem of sub-par building products becoming health issues – but the solutions are there,” says David.

GreenTag’s PhD is the first health transparency tool globally to assess the health impacts of the final product – and not just the hazards of the ingredients.  At Auckland Build, David will expand further on:

  • How products will be rated under the PhD tool
  • How the tool will work with building rating schemes like the Green Building Council of New Zealand’s Green Star tool as well as support designers attempting to rate projects through other rating tools with a health focus.
  • How building professionals will be able to use the tool in other ways to their advantage.

David Baggs will be speaking at Auckland Build 2017 on November 2 from 1:20 pm – 2:10 pm   Workshop Area 02 

Register for free HERE

Global GreenTag Manufacturers Applauded by Vinyl Council of Australia

Global GreenTag Certified Manufacturers Karndean Flooring and Tarkett Australia have both been named in the Top Nine Companies in 2016 for Excellence in PVC Product Stewardship by the Vinyl Council of Australia.

“This is fantastic recognition for both manufacturers. Both are recognised for what Global GreenTag has certified as best practices within Australia’s PVC supply chain,” says David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.

44 signatory companies from all parts of the PVC value chain, including overseas resin producers, raw material manufacturers and suppliers, trading companies, product manufacturers and distributors are drawn upon to feed into the PVC Stewardship Program, overseen by the Vinyl Council of Australia.  A total of nine companies, including Karndean and Tarkett achieved full compliance with all relevant commitments:

  • Best Practice Manufacturing,
  • Safe and Sustainable Use of Additives,
  • Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
  • Resource Efficiency and
  • Transparency and Engagement.

The PVC Stewardship Program has driven continual improvement in the PVC, or vinyl, industry for the past 14 years.

The Vinyl Council of Australia says that the Program is a vehicle for members of the industry to work together to advance the sustainability of the value chain and has been successful in changing how vinyl products are made today. Importantly the program has grown. In 2016, thirteen companies reported for the first time, as new Signatories to the Program, indicating that there is growing interest in the industry in improving its footprint.

Manufacturers that adhere to the Program, commit to meet measurable targets and obligations that reduce the environmental footprint of PVC products in Australia, whether manufactured here or overseas. Companies are required to provide comprehensive reports annually and each is audited periodically by an independent third party.

“The requirements to be met under the Program are challenging,” the Vinyl Council’s PVC Stewardship Manager Ms Laveen Dhillon explained.

“Signatory companies must verify that they or their upstream suppliers meet stringent manufacturing standards set by the Program for raw material sourcing, as well as meet local manufacturing commitments such as in use of additives, or implementing energy and resource efficiency.

“We congratulate the Excellence award winners for demonstrating leadership to others in the industry by achieving full compliance in 2016.”

Tarkett and ResourceCo Join Global GreenTag To Talk About Creative Waste Management And Circular Economy at AWRE 2017

Reza Karani (Tarkett Australia) and Ben Sawley (ResourceCo) are speaking on a panel led by Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director David Baggs later this month on the topic: Creative Green Pathways In Product Waste Management – But Why Aren’t More Companies Making The Effort?

The panel, which features as part of the speakers’ series at the Australasian Waste and Recycling  Expo (AWRE) in Melbourne on August 23 will also be joined by sustainability leader, John Gertsakis, Manager, Communications and Outreach – Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.

“The line-up is exciting,” says David Baggs who will be setting the scene for some of the recent developments and challenges in the waste sector.

“The management of waste is a pertinent issue amongst progressive, certified manufacturers who are driven to lighten their manufacturing footprint on the environment and we shall be viewing some exemplar recycling and upcycling programs already in process.”

The panel will also talk about Circular Economy and discuss what could be holding manufacturers back from making bigger changes and investing in creative waste management.

The Global GreenTag panel session will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd (Day 1 of AWRE) from12.30pm-1.15pm.

Venue: MELBOURNE CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE

If you would like to attend the event, please register HERE

 

Read more about the speakers on the GreenTag panel, below.

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David Baggs – Panel Leader

CEO and Program Director, Global GreenTag

David Baggs has been voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and in the Top 100 Sustainability Leaders Globally. He is CEO of Global GreenTag Pty Ltd and Program Director of Global GreenTagCertTM  which is Australia’s leading life-cycle assessment based product rating program and globally recognised Type 1 ecolabel, Certification Mark.

 

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Ben Sawley

CEO, ResourceCo

As CEO of ResourceCo’s Australian Sustainable Energy Business, Ben Sawley is passionate about sustainable energy and resource recovery. Ben began his career  with Unilever and has since worked across Australasia, the US and Europe, holding positions including as National General Manager for Transpacific’s  Post Collections business, General Management roles with Boral and consultancy with The Boston Consulting Group. Ben holds degrees in Engineering (Mechanical) and Business (Marketing) as well as an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.

 

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Reza Karani

Technical Marketing & Sustainability Manager –  Tarkett Australia Pty Ltd

Reza is an architect  who has worked with international building material manufacturers such as Tarkett (French flooring solution providers) and Knauf (German drywall manufacturer).  His expertise is in the domain of sustainability with a focus on the characteristics of building materials and their life cycle impact on the environment.  He has a broad knowledge around local and global environmental standards and has a passion for implementing environmental targets in all aspects of construction and infrastructure using BIM (Building Information Modelling) solutions.

 

John Gertsakis PH

John Gertsakis

Manager, Communications and OutreachAustralian Mobile Telecommunications Association

John is a sustainability and communications practitioner with over 20 years experience as an industry adviser, consultant, advocate and research academic. He works on a range of issues including Product Stewardship, Producer Responsibility and regulatory analysis. In his current role as Communications Manager with the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, John is responsible for outreach and communications activities and provides specialist advice to one of Australia’s leading Product Stewardship schemes – MobileMuster. John is an Honorary Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia.

The Business Benefits Of Ecolabelling

How does being certified make selling easier and boost market perception of green brands and minimise the liability of companies and directors?  

Global GreenTag is presenting a CPD approved educational seminar ‘ The Business Benefits of Ecolabelling’ for Building Professionals at this year’s Green + Building Expo on July 7 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For the seminar, Global GreenTag – represented by David Baggs (CEO and Program Director) and Brett Hazlett (Product Sales Assessments) –  will be joined by GreenTag certified  manufacturers, Weathertex (Business Development Manager Victoria Chris McMahon),  Graphenstone Australia (National Manager Dale Brennan) and Markant Australia (National Sales Manager Emily Fielding) to expand on how a respected ecolabel is essential for clarity and assurance in a building market that is wary of greenwash and uncertified materials.

Product certification is important for environmental, transparency, fitness for purpose, health and safety reasons. Also, with billions of dollars of green building projects, including infrastructure currently under certification in Australia, it makes good business sense to be pursuing a high standard of ecolabelling for the building industry to access, to understand and trust. Especially, a type 1 ecolabel, which can provide:

  • High end, transparent product information for industry to use, including:
  • Systems of certification that employ tools such as Life Cycle Assessment, environmental and human health product declarations and;
  • Organised and rated information that is geared towards direct recognition with green building rating tools.

Global GreenTag has become a trusted certification mark behind some of world’s most iconic brands, including Interface, Polyflor, Laminex, Dunlop, Knauf, Armstrong, Tarkett, Vertilux, Verosol, BASF, DuPont, CSR, Herman Miller, Schiavello and more.

Learning outcomes for seminar participants will include:

  • Enhanced materials intelligence for building professionals to be more discerning and alert to ‘greenwash’ products in the market;
  • Understanding how to constructively certify green products, save time, enhance project submissions and reduce professional risks and costs.
  • Improved knowledge for manufacturers considering ways of improving their products – including impacts and risks of product constituents to add market value to their products.

Seminar participants can apply to receive two CPD points through the Green Building Institute, which is recognised by the Australian government by attending the seminar and completing a questionnaire afterwards. This event will also generate CPD recognition for Green Star, ABSA and RAIA members.

Register to attend the The Business Benefits of Ecolabelling seminar and the Green+Building Expo 2017  HERE

The seminar will be available to attend on Friday, July 7.

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Global GreenTag Invites You To Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

The PCRs for Public Consultation:

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

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

Meet the NAC: Sophi MacMillan –Sustainable Industry Advocate and Chief Executive of the Vinyl Council of Australia

Global GreenTag is proud to have sustainable industry champion Sophi MacMillan serving on its National Advisory Committee (NAC) for the development of the GreenTag building products standard. She has been in Europe this month presenting at a global technical vinyl conference ‘PVC 2017’, and the European VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2017 on some of the innovative work the Australian vinyl industry has been achieving.

Sophi is an Environmental Scientist (with more than 20 years experience) who has worked for the PVC sector’s industry association, the Vinyl Council of Australia, since its establishment in June 1998; serving as the body’s Chief Executive since 2002.

With the Vinyl Council, Sophi works with companies and stakeholders across the supply chain for vinyl products in Australia to reduce social, environmental and health impacts associated with the life cycle of PVC products, addressing these with pragmatic and innovative solutions.  She has been instrumental in the establishment and management of the Australian PVC Stewardship Program, which has around 40 company signatories, and in development of the Best Practice PVC accreditation scheme recognised in Green Star. She is an advocate for fostering green building practices and the use of sustainably managed building materials.

With experience in strategic planning, stakeholder relations and communications across a range of organisations, sectors and government bodies in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia, Sophi is also a director and former Chair (2014-16) of the Asia Pacific Vinyl Network which encourages improved health, safety and environmental performance of the vinyl industry in the region, and is a member of the Management Committee of the Global Vinyl Council. Previously, she was a Director and Deputy Chair of the Building Products Industry Council in Australia and Chair of the Strategic Issues Advisory Group for the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association in Australia.
Other members of Global GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee on Building Products  are:

Professional Associations

Mark Thomson –  Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF)

Stephen Claridge – Building Designers Association QLD

Industry Associations

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenerry – Australian Certified Organic

University

Dr Dominique Hes – University of Melbourne

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig – Australian Toxics Network

Global GreenTag Delivering Papers at SETAC in Brussels

Global GreenTag personnel in collaboration with the Ecquate Evah Institute are presenting papers in Brussels this week at SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) European Forum.

SETAC is a not-for profit, global professional society established in 1979 to explore theories and advances in ecological risk assessment and life-cycle assessment, chemical manufacture and distribution, management and regulation of natural resources, and the study, analysis, and solution of environmental problems.

David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director is presenting the paper: Driving ‘Beyond LCA’ Metrics for Net Positive Cities at the forum on May 8.

Delwyn Jones, Director of the Ecquate Evah Institute, is presenting: Positive LCA Factoring Planetary Boundaries on May 9.

Mathilde Vlieg, Product Assessor with Global GreenTag, is presenting: Forest Product LCA: Carbon Form, Fire, Fuel and Fate Rules on May 9.        

                      

Driving ‘Beyond LCA’ Metrics for Net Positive Cities

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David Bagg’s paper (authored with Delwyn, Mathilde and GreenTag’s Lead Products Assessor, Shloka Ashar) will present CASE studies using metrics and tools that will show how to measure progress towards true sustainability across the whole built environment – from products to buildings and infrastructure for cities.  Included in his address, David will be presenting:

  • Applications of the novel Life Cycle Benefit Analysis (LCBA) concept, including exemplars vital for establishing how developments and products can deliver net positive carbon outcomes.
  • The need for a change in the way LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) is conducted.
  • How to integrate planetary boundaries as well as address calls to correct LCA methods for Climate Change Assessment from 25 Non Government Organisations (NGOs) from 6 countries.
  • Various tools that enable industry-wide, easy comparison of products and with adaption, assessment of developments, explore what is needed to constitute truly sustainable communities and cities.

Positive LCA Factoring Planetary Boundaries

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This paper by Delwyn Jones (authored with Mathilde Vlieg and Shloka Ashar) challenges the existing boundaries of LCIA.  The International Standard Organisation Environmental Management LCA methodology focuses mostly on pollution generation and resource depletion but, the paper advises:

“If LCA is to assess architecturally ‘Positive Development’ in ‘eco-retrofitting of the vast urban fabric we already inhabit’ it must evolve beyond LCIA.”

Delwyn’s presentation extends life cycle assessment (LCA) beyond impact assessment (LCIA) to consider benefit assessment (LCBA) integrating planetary boundaries, stating that:

 “The reach of LCIA is negative to zero often in loss of human health, ecosystem quality and natural capital.  Apart from lower ecological loads, LCA methods need to quantify recovery and regeneration of safe operating space and planetary boundaries for sustainable development.”

To illustrate the case, Delwyn tables preliminary results from a residential high rise garbage chute over 60 years use – cradle to grave – and results show:

“Overall gains in space and diverting recyclables from landfill are far greater than losses from manufacturing impacts,”

To quantify positive outcomes, the proposed LCBA theory, Delwyn’s paper calls for new concepts, methods and metrics to assess positive benefits, goals and benchmarks to supplement established LCIA methodology.

Forest Product LCA: Carbon Form, Fire, Fuel and Fate Rules

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Mathilde Vlieg’s paper (authored with Delwyn Jones and Shloka Ashar) outlines work that pushes beyond the limits of current life cycle methodology to enable modelling of potential and actual carbon sequestration and sinks. Practitioners of LCA have long struggled with this issue, the paper claims, as there are unique fundamental challenges in modelling e.g., forest forms, history, habitat richness, species diversity and management.

Mathilde’s presentation will show that while it is argued that stored carbon should not be counted as it will re-enter the atmosphere sooner or later, there is a ‘recognised’ need for accounting of sequestered carbon, warning that:

“… this time factor is critical as we approach tipping points in the next decades …when LCIA practitioners currently often ignore carbon sequestration, most significant legal and ethical issues arise.”

Mathilde’s paper reviews more than 30 cradle to grave case studies of plantation product supply chains. Results considered exclusion of Brazilian and Malaysian timber sequestration, because of continuing loss of rainforest forms across both nations.

The paper found:

“The significant difference in carbon uptake found depended on biofuel use for debarking, chipping, and sawmilling. Results were compared for timber fibre rich exterior cladding with various carbon sink values considering tropical interior boards and others. Forest product carbon sink values very significantly with management form, fire history, fuel use and interior and exterior applications and fate in re-use, recycling and landfill varied so LCA with detail knowledge of forest sources is essential.”

Manufacturers under Global GreenTag’s PhD … Where do YOU stand?

If you are a manufacturer, we encourage you to attend this important information seminar to receive a glimpse of where your products might stand within the rating scale of the new Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ or PhD tool that has just been released on the Australian market.

This seminar, lead by GreenTag’s CEO and Technical Director David Baggs, will be held at DesignBUILD Expo in Sydney  on Thursday, May 4 at the International Convention Centre – and is free!

GreenTag’s PhD tool addresses human health concerns directly.  It is the first system globally to assess the health impacts of the final product – and not just the hazards of the ingredients.

To read more about the PhD tool and to REGISTER a seat at the seminar, please CLICK HERE

Applying Healthy Building Design Using Global GreenTag’s PhD

This practical PhD seminar will be run in conjunction with DesignBUILD Expo in Sydney – and is free!

The seminar is specifically for building professionals who want to reduce their risks on future projects by harnessing Global GreenTag’s new Product Health Declaration™ or PhD tool, which was released on the Australian market at the end of March.

GreenTag’s PhD tool addresses human health concerns directly.  It is the first system globally to assess the health impacts of the final product – and not just the hazards of the ingredients.

To read more about the PhD tool and to REGISTER for this seminar on Friday, May 5th at the International Convention Centre at DesignBUILD:  CLICK HERE

 

 

Product Category Rules – GreenTag Wants Your Say

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GreenTag’s New PhD Health Tool Is Radical And Necessary But Also Expected To Accelerate Market Transformation

Studies that make connections between toxic products and human health issues speak for themselves, says David Baggs, CEO and Technical Director of Global GreenTag, at the launch of the ecolabel’s new Product Health Declaration™ or PhD tool in Sydney at Total Facilities 2017.  Ethically, GreenTag did not want to sit on worrying statistics much longer without doing something about it.

“GreenTag’s PhD is a radical entry into the market but it is also very necessary because it addresses human health concerns directly – we have the first system globally to assess the health impacts of the final product – and not just the hazards of the ingredients.”

Tracking product toxicity is important, says David.  Australian businesses lose up to $28 billion annually in lost production and wages due to employee ill health, yet what is largely unknown by Australian business owners, is that toxic ingredients hidden in products used in workplace buildings are a significant culprit of workplace sickness.

GreenTag’s PhD, he said, is finally going to push for transparency to disclose risks and hazards in products used in workplaces and, in Australian homes too.

Industry observers at the PhD launch (including Kerryn Wilmot, Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS, Robin Mellon, CEO of Supply Chain Sustainability School, Reza Karani, Technical Marketing & Sustainability Manager at Tarkett Australia and Dr Max Deuble, Senior ESD Consultant at EMF Griffiths) welcomed the new tool and some called the tool a game changer, particularly for the built environment industry.

The first PhD certificate, said David, has already been issued.  Building manufacturer Weathertex were the first to make the leap and other manufacturers like Amorim Wicanders flooring have signed on as well, to have their product claims made transparent and examined further.

Also welcoming the PhD for its potential to help transform the Australian building market, Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation at the Green Building Council of Australia stated:

“When most people spend 90 per cent of their time indoors, there is a huge potential for our buildings – and the products within them – to positively influence the health and wellbeing of occupants. We support innovative approaches, like the PhD Product Heath Declaration, that can accelerate market transformation.”

GreenTag’s PhD was motivated by a number of studies, said David, that have concluded the need for firmer risk mitigation strategies to be brought into the supply chain to help prevent toxic products being used in workplaces and homes. He said:

“We already know from studies that product toxicity found in buildings is a very real cause behind a range of human health problems – even to unborn babies – including cancer, hormone disruption, asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue and many other toxicity related illnesses.”

“Even an ‘indoor environment’ study, published last year by the American Chemical Society, found a concerning combination of chemicals  present and leaching or gassing off from products that people take in daily through their skin and airways in a range of typical indoor scenarios,” said David.

Yet, he added, it has also been proven in a variety of other studies, including a workplace study by Sustainability Victoria who retrofitted their own offices with a range of strategies, including low toxicity products, that employees became healthier as a result.

“Sick leave was reduced by 30% and productivity went up an extraordinary 45%.”

In order to achieve a PhD HEALTH certification rating, GreenTag will require manufacturers to provide 100 percent transparency – to 100 parts per million – of any product’s individual ingredients’ toxicity information. The tool, adds David, will:

  • Support product manufacturers “doing the right thing” who are prepared to disclose toxicity information.
  • Reduce risks for building professionals to confidently make distinctions between products that are safer for human health and those that are not and, make it easier to communicate health related product decisions to clients/and building occupiers.
  • Also, respect the rise up of conscious consumers, who studies show want healthier choices and greater access to more authentic product information, which they can trust because “Absolute transparency brings total peace of mind”.

For the green building movement, GreenTag’s PhD will be working hand in hand with building rating schemes like the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star tools; as well as supporting designers attempting to rate projects through other rating tools with a health focus.

170403 PhD_Launch_Group_Shot 1 600xPhD Launch in Sydney (pictured from left to right)  Brett Hazlett, Product Sales Assessor, Global GreenTag;  Mary-Lou Kelly, Director & Co-Founder, Global GreenTag;  Reza Karani, Technical Marketing & Sustainability Manager, Tarkett Australia;  David Baggs, CEO & Technical Director, Global GreenTag.

For more information or to talk further with David Baggs, please contact Debra Robertson, marketing@globalgreentag.com or by phone:  1300 263 586

GreenTag Goes to War on Hidden Toxins in Australian Homes

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Inside the Australian home can be a health hazard with a range of unsuspecting products hiding toxic ingredients that are risky for families (even unborn babies) to live with, but a radical new certification tool for delving into product toxicity, designed by Global GreenTag International, is set to finally expose and disclose these hazards to help consumers make healthier buying decisions.

Called a Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ the new certification tool will be the first of its kind in the world. The tool was launched today in Sydney at Total Facilities 2017 by David Baggs, CEO and Technical Director of GreenTag who told a packed industry audience:

“A product health declaration of this level is a radical entry into the market but it is very necessary. We have known for a long time from studies that negative human health issues are connected to product toxicity, causing skin irritations, allergies, reproductive and endocrine defects, cancer and other illnesses.  Unfortunately, there are personal care,  cleaning and even building and interiors products still being sold that hide toxins and volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde, BPA and banned Phthalates in composite wood panels, packaging or fabrics, or solvents from wood lacquers, which have a disproportionately high impact on small children and can even have significant affects on babies while they are still in the womb.”

The PhD health tool will demand of manufacturers a 100 percent transparency to 100 parts per million of any product’s individual ingredients’ toxicity information to make a PhD HEALTH certification rating.  The good news is, GreenTag announced, a number of progressive manufacturers in Australia and Europe have already signed up.

For professional users, the GreenTag PhD tool will also work hand in hand with building rating platforms, including Green Star®, WELL®, LEED® and BREEAM® and industry delegates welcomed the tool as a positive boost for building professionals who need critical and transparent specification information to reduce risks in designing for healthy interiors, and workplace efficiency.

Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation at the Green Building Council of Australia said:

“When most people spend 90 per cent of their time indoors, there is a huge potential for our buildings – and the products within them – to positively influence the health and wellbeing of occupants. We support innovative approaches, like the PhD Product Health Declaration, that can accelerate market transformation.”

 

Global GreenTag’s job is to assess the toxicity of products against the classification and labelling of chemicals under the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) originally developed by the United Nations.  Three categories of hazards are assessed and organised as to how they can affect human health and also environmental health.

Behind the development of GreenTag’s latest certification process – the Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ – are a number of third party studies that link product health with human health.  The most recent evidence which addresses product toxicity and impacts on human health were highlighted in a study from the US, released in 2016, in which dust studies were conducted for their window into chemicals present in a range of typical indoor scenarios, particularly residential.

The study published by the American Chemical Society (ACS) found a concerning combination of chemicals present and leaching or gassing off from products that people take in daily through their skin and airways.

The study found:

  • Nine general hazard traits associated with 35 chemicals that were both included in the intake assessment and were listed under the Safer Consumer Products Candidate Chemical Listings.

The study identified:

  • Exposure to one or more of these chemical classes has been associated with adverse health effects including reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, cognitive and behavioral impairment in children, cancer, asthma, immune dysfunction, and chronic disease.

The study called for:

  • A full understanding of these household level drivers of high exposure is critical to the development of mitigation strategies including regulatory interventions.

GreenTag’s product assessment procedures for Australia, which now includes the Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ are aligned to the new GHS system, from January 1st, 2017, which  also applies to all workplace hazardous chemicals in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, TAS, NT and Commonwealth systems under the GHS and the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and their Hazardous Substances Information System.

Within this scope, GreenTag’s assessment procedures address risk of hazards pertaining to human health, such as carcinogenicity, also risks to the  environment, such as toxic  release  to waterways and of course physical hazards – a pertinent category, especially in light of the urgent need in recent years in the Australian building industry that has seen a number of fire outbreaks, due in part to flammability in the  chemical components in sub-par and uncertified materials.

For more information or to speak further with David Baggs,  please contact Debra Robertson, marketing@globalgreentag.com or Phone 1300 263 586 | +61 7 3399 9686

 

CHANGING THE WAY WE SEE PRODUCTS FOREVER … Get ready for the next generation of authentic product information

Consumer concern for product transparency is a significant problem for the built environment industries but Global GreenTag International is set to present the market with a solution.

GreenTag is launching an important new transparency tool for delving into product information that is going to empower manufacturers and building professionals to deliver projects with a level of transparency that has never been seen before.

The conscious consumer is on the rise, says Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director David Baggs.  We need to change the way we see products forever. Consumers are making it their business to ask for trustworthy, authentic product information and, especially if it concerns risks that are associated with products that are selected for the buildings they are going to occupy.

Unveiling the new tool at a  Media Launch on the opening day of Total Facilities 2017 David Baggs is going reveal how the new tool will work, to:

  • Build greater market trust in manufacturers whose brands are certified with the new tool;
  • Increase the integrity of firms, building professionals and facility managers who use the tool in designing and specifying on projects – and work in systems like Green Star, WELL and LEED;
  • Simplify complex but critical product information that all stakeholders can easily understand and communicate with greater confidence and,
  • Influence bigger changes for the built environment industries in Australia and throughout the world.
Media Launch Details – at Total Facilities 2017

Wednesday 29 March
11:00 am – 12:30am
Room 5.3 (Level 5)
International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour

REGISTER FOR LAUNCH HERE 

(limited placed available)

For further information, please contact: Debra Robertson

Email marketing@globalgreentag.com   I Phone 1300 263 586 | +61 7 3399 9686

About David Baggs:  

David Baggs is CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTagCertTM  and a multi-award winning green building architect and world renowned sustainability and materials expert with over 35 years experience.

Voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and one of the Top 100 Sustainability Leaders Globally, David also is a Member of the American Chemical Society, an Exemplar Global Lead Auditor and a Past President of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society.

About Global GreenTag:  

Global GreenTag Certification standards are recognised in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, Africa and SE Asia and in over 70 other countries.  GreenTag is also the only sustainable building product related certification scheme approved in Australia by the ACCC.

The Global GreenTag certification mark is  the first ecolabel in the world to  implement a unique ‘Beyond LCA’ life cycle assessment (LCA) and the first ever to provide a  ‘Net Positive’ benefit analysis to certify and rate green buildings and interiors.

Some of world’s most iconic brands, including Interface, Polyflor, Laminex, Desso, Dunlop, Knauf, Armstrong, Tarkett, Vertilux, Verosol, CSR, Herman Miller and Schiavello are backed by GreenTag certification.

 

GreenTag Certifiers Ready to Roll With New GHS Requirements

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Major changes to OH&S requirements are here and GreenTag is ready for the legislative requirements that have been introduced in Australia with  respect to the new legislative requirement for classification and labelling of chemicals under the  Globally Harmonised System (GHS) originally developed by the United Nations.

The use of the GHS is now mandatory from  January 1st, 2017, having been announced in 2012 by the Safe Work Australia and introduced into Global GreenTag Standards commencing also in 2012 and has consequently played some small part in helping to establish the use of GHS in the market since – just  as it also has in the development and growth of LCA  (Life Cycle Assessment),   EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) and a soon to be announced new declaration, currently under wraps.

In terms of chemical classification and labelling under the new look GHS, GreenTag is ready.

GreenTag  product assessment procedures are aligned to the new system, which  applies to all workplace hazardous chemicals in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, TAS, NT and Commonwealth systems under the GHS and the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and their Hazardous Substances Information System.

GreenTag  product assessors, whose job is to rate products with careful consideration of any chemical risks in products under certification, gladly welcome  the new GHS system – for its clarity and opportunity to increase demands for transparency and greater product disclosure.

The new GHS system provides enhanced  criteria by which to classify hazards, including  risk of hazards pertaining to human health, such as carcinogenicity, risks to the  environment , such as toxic  release  to waterways and of course physical hazards – a pertinent category, especially in light of the urgent need in recent years in the Australian building industry that has seen a number of fire outbreaks, due in part to flammability in the  chemical components in sub-par and uncertified materials.

Under the GHS new system, all manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users of hazardous chemicals will be required to observe legislative requirements  to manage the risks associated with hazardous chemicals in the workplace.  This will include  ensuring the safe use, handling and storage of chemicals, as well as specific duties under the model Work Health and Safety Regulations.

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Under the GHS there are nine new Hazard Pictograms:

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Hazard Descriptions

In plain text contexts, the GHS uses the words ‘Danger’ and ‘Warning’ as signals to indicate the relative level of severity of a hazard. ‘Danger’ being used for more severe or significant hazards, with ‘Warning’ being used for less severe hazards.

Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements are assigned to a class and category that describes the nature of the hazards of a substance, including where appropriate, the degree of hazard, e.g. the hazard statement ’Toxic if swallowed’ is the Hazard Statement for Acute Toxicity category 3 (Oral).

Precautionary Statements describe the recommended measures that should be taken to minimise or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure, or improper storage or handling of a hazardous chemical. The GHS precautionary statements cover prevention, response, storage and disposal.

Hazard and precautionary statements replace the ‘Risk’ and ‘Safety’ phrases required under previous laws.

For more information, see the classification and labelling for workplace hazardous chemicals poster

READ MORE IN FULL the article  in Sourceable by David Baggs, CEO of GreenTag  who expands on the new changes for Australia. https://sourceable.net/new-ohs-chemical-classification-system-launches-in-oz/

 

GreenTag Brands Most Trusted

 

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Global GreenTag and brands under certification blitzed the Top 100 most trusted companies and products in Australia in 2016, taking  23% of the winner’s pie, including  first place for GreenTag manufacturer  Weathertex.  GreenTag  is proud to have also won a coveted place  by being the only eco-label to make the Top 100 brands  in the reader’s poll held annually  by Architecture & Design.

A fantastic vote all round for certified,  healthier, environmentally friendly and safer building products.

Weathertex who boasts two exemplar GreenTag certified Platinum and Gold products streaked ahead to take the overall Number 1 position as Australia’s most trusted brand, ahead of  some industry giants.  Weathertex, also topped  the Exterior Wall Materials category in the A&D survey.

Commenting on Weathertex’s win, Managing Director, Jason O’Hagan, emphasises that “Weathertex has made it easier for the environmentally conscious designers, architects and builders that are still wanting a durable, high quality and easy to install product.”

He also adds: “It most certainly pays to be with such an advanced Certification Mark as GreenTag”.

Impressively, GreenTag was also thrilled to see The Laminex Group join Weathertex in the Top 10 as the Number 7 most trusted brand in the poll.

GreenTag certified & under-certification winners who took out most trusted brands in other categories were:

The Laminex Group with 19 products certified by Global GreenTag were voted the most trusted company from which to buy in the category of Laminates, Solid Surfaces & Veneers.  

Armstrong Flooring with 9 GreenTag certified products were voted tops to be trusted in the Floors & Flooring category.

Kingspan Insulation with 5 GreenTag certified products won the top most trusted Insulation company as well as coming in at Number 13 out of the top 100 trusted brands overall.

Vertilux with 7 Gold rated GreenTag certified products pulled off the number 1 trusted position for purchasing  Window Furnishings.

Assa Abloy  with products currently under certification with GreenTag  topped the Security category.

With 341 nominated brands and a total of 13,456 votes counted, Architecture & Design said the 2016 Trusted Brands survey, produced their biggest result yet.

OVERALL in  2016  …  GreenTag  had 22 companies and brands, plus it’s own brand, win positions in  A&D’s Top 100.

FIND OUT MORE about these amazing, progressive manufacturers who are leading examples of sustainable product design:

Weathertex https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/weathertex/

The Laminex Group  https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/the-laminex-group/

Kingspan Insulation https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/kingspan-insulation/

CSR Bradford  https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/csr-bradford/

Polytec https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/polytec/

USG Boral https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/usg-boral/

Carter Holt Harvey  https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/carter-holt-harvey-woodproducts-australia/

Altro Safety Flooring https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/altro-apac-pty-ltd/

Kingspan Insulated Panels https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/kingspan-insulated-panels/

Armstrong Ceilings https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/armstrong-world-industries-ceiling-division/

Stormtech https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/stormtech/

Autex https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/autex-pty-ltd/

Polyflor Australia https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/polyflor-australia/

Billi https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/billi-pty-ltd/

Schiavello Group https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/schiavello-group/

Knauf Insulation https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/knauf-insulation/

Knauf Plasterboard https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/knauf-plasterboard/

Vertilux https://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/vertilux-coporation-pty-ltd/

Earthwool https://www.globalgreentag.com/products/earthwool-range-unfaced/

Assa Abloy http://www.assaabloy.com.au/en/local/au/

Innowood  Australia Pty Ltd http://innowood.com/

Gunnersen Pty Ltd  https://www.gunnersens.com.au/

 

What Readers Said Who Voted For Global GreenTag ?

GreenTag thanks everyone who voted for our brand in the Architecture & Design poll.  We are thrilled with our result and appreciate those below who took the time to add their reasons why they voted us as a Trusted brand and Certification Mark.

“This company works with integrity, with a deep sense of truthful responsibility and commitment. Conscious, consistent contribution to increasing a safe and healthy planetary environment is the reason this company is my Top Trusted brand. This label gives assurance of top quality research and workmanship. – Lynne P

 

 

“Their sole reason for being is to be a reliable, trusted source of insight into locally and internationally sourced eco products. Their integrity is the brand. – Marnie O

 

“Because they are independent, have a scientifically based approach and have a demonstrated track record of excellence to make our living environments safe and more sustainable. – Glen C

Join Global GreenTag at Total Facilities 2017

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Total Facilities, 29 – 30 March 2017, International Convention Centre Sydney

Total Facilities presents two-days of discussion and discovery for FM and like-minded professionals.  It combines Australia’s largest offering of innovative facility products and services with forward-thinking strategies to optimise facility and workplace performance. A thriving exhibition floor featuring over 150 leading brands will showcase real solutions to meet operational challenges, whilst free-to-attend educational seminars offering bold perspectives and latest FM thinking will raise methodologies to drive business performance. Join Australia’s largest community of FM minds for unrivalled networking and engaging discussion for enhancing our living-working environments.

Find out more at totalfacilities.com.au.

GreenTag Certified Weathertex Voted #1 Most Trusted Brand in Australia!

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Weathertex has taken FIRST PLACE in Architecture & Design’s annual Top Trusted Brands readers’ survey for 2016. The much anticipated poll reveals Australia’s 100 best brands in the architecture, building, construction and design industries.

The GreenTag certified Australian company came out on top from 341 nominated brands and a total of 13,456 votes as Australia’s favourite building product brand.

GreenTag also made it into the top 100 trusted brands along with twenty three other nominated GreenTag related brands.

“Green certification is certainly making an impact, “ says David Baggs, GreenTag’s CEO.  “We are thrilled for Weathertex’s result and also that 24% of all products in  the Top 100 are GreenTag clients.  Not to mention our own improved performance and presence as the only Product Certification Program in this year’s Top 100 most trusted brands.   You can’t beat #1 position, however, and Weathertex, which achieved a GreenTag Platinum certified status in 2016 as well,  most definitely deserves this level of recognition by the industry.”

The 2016 survey revealed the common themes associated with a trusted brand, includes great service, products and reliability – as well as other socially driven themes of eco-friendliness and Australian made.

Weathertex placed  first overall in the survey, followed by Dulux Australia and Bluescope Lysaght.  The company also won NUMBER 1 most trusted brand within the external cladding category.

Jason O’Hagan, Managing Director for Weathertex said, “This is a fantastic and a significant result for Weathertex to be recognised by our customers as the number 1 trusted brand against such large reputable corporations.  It demonstrates the hard work and commitment of our team and confirms our customers are after high quality building products that are sustainable and eco-friendly to our environment at no extra cost.”

2016 has been a year of achievements and wins for Weathertex, firstly being the FIRST MANUFACTURED PRODUCT in the world to receive GreenTag Platinum certification for their natural range and now ending the year being recognised as the MOST TRUSTED brand.

Weathertex is committed to continuing providing the best service and high quality products to our customers as well as play a crucial role in improving the sustainability of Australian construction products and practices.

Meet the NAC: Mark Thomson of the Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF)

GreenTag’s commitment to supporting a healthier built environment is long established in Australia and globally.  We have regular contact with eminent industry exponents of sustainable building design and one of those professionals is Mark Thomson, President of the Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF) a non-profit coalition endorsed by industry and environmental bodies.

Mark is a valued member of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee (NAC) for Building Products with a passion for creating healthy working and living environments.  He is an Ecological Architect and Sustainability Consultant, with a national reputation for the practical implementation of Ecologically Sustainable Development.

In 2016 Mark judged the Queensland Premiers Sustainability Awards and since 2015 been a judge of the Australian Banksia Sustainability Awards. He was an Expert Panel member in the international Katerva Awards in 2013, recognised as the Nobel Prize in Sustainability. In 2007, he co-authored the book “The Environmental Brief – Pathways to Green Design”, which was published in London.

In addition to his roles with the Australian Green Development Forum and his advisory role with GreenTag, Mark is also a faculty member of the Green Building Council of Australia, the Queensland Representative of the Banksia Foundation and an Earthcheck Accredited Professional.

GreenTag shall continue to introduce you to members of our National Advisory Committee. Other representatives on the committee for Building Products are:

Professional Associations

Scott Bagnell –Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Stephen Claridge – Building Designers Association QLD

Industry Associations

Sophi MacMillan  – Vinyl Institute

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenerry – Australian Certified Organic

University

Dr Dominique Hes  – University of Melbourne

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig   – Australian Toxics Network

Migrate your Global GreenTag Certification to South Africa

Global GreenTag is pleased to announce that interior fitout products already certified in Australia can easily be converted to meet the Green Star SA Interiors Tool requirements set out by the Green Building Council of South Africa.

Global GreenTag GreenRate and LCARate certification has been recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) as a product certification standard for the Materials Fit out Calculator in Green Star SA Interiors Rating Tool. It does however require an interpretive evaluation against the GBCSA recognition criteria and issuing of a separate GBCSA Rating certificate.

The GreenTag GBCSA Rating certificates are recognised for certifying interiors fitout, consisting of four categories: Furniture, Assemblies, Flooring and Wall Coverings.

For more information, please contact Global GreenTag South Africa

Lizette Swanevelder

lizette@globalgreentag.co.za

+27 21 790 0286

Breaking Through Green Product Market Barriers –Workshop with Sustainable Brands Sydney 2016

Global GreenTag is presenting a workshop in Sydney next week to unpack the barriers standing in the way of green products having a greater traction in the marketplace – and exploring with participants solutions to overcome the conundrum.

“Enhanced ecolabelling can make all the difference,” says David Baggs, presenting the interactive session at the Sustainable Brands 2016 workshop on Wednesday June 29.

Participants who join the workshop will be encouraged to share their current experiences and barriers in accessing key green markets and ways to overcome them.

According to Baggs “Successful organisations, use both ecolabelling and robust metrics to inform and communicate performance to their stakeholders, but conventional ecolabelling is no longer enough”.

“Companies and stakeholders need both labelling and data on the sustainability impacts of products to access key markets that are demanding both easy consumer recognition as well as real metrics to integrate into management and corporate reporting but also address green procurement processes.

The evolution of integrated ecolabelling and enhanced Life Cycle Assessment methods now make that accessible to all companies,” says David.

Where once pass/fail ecolabels were sufficient, consumers and other stakeholders now seek performance ratings and real data at levels of detail that suit their needs.

Sometimes the same organisation can need simple forward facing sustainability consumer communication and then more detailed information to communicate product life cycle benefits to forward thinking companies.

David adds that: ‘Product Labels and Scorecards fulfill some of these needs but LCA reporting via Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are now required in specific sectors, where reporting now also needs different thinking to conventional Life cycle impact Analysis because circular economy characteristics necessitate Life Cycle Benefit Analysis (LCBA).

Such ‘Beyond LCA’ strategies are needed by sustainability managers to address LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability) markets and link product sustainability data to professional users’ procurement, corporate performance and company contributions to circular economy reporting.’

Sustainable Brands Sydney 2017 runs from June 27-29.

TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP, CLICK HERE

David Baggs Keynotes At International Event For Sustainability Week In South Africa

 

David Baggs,  GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director  is delivering a keynote address this week in South Africa for the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum,  hosted by the City of Tshwane for Sustainability Week.  David’s keynote is titled ‘Visualising the Circular Economy Using Life Cycle Analysis’ for the technical program Vision Zero Waste Seminar on June 2.

With focus on design for waste minimisation and recycling,  David has been invited to deliver the keynote in the context of a vision for zero waste in South Africa. The seminar comes at a critical time, organisers say, when waste streams are at an all-time high, where some communities are without waste services and landfills are reaching capacity.

David brings hoped for solutions.  He will be focusing on the circular nature of the mindset required to reduce the impact of waste – and how this is possible through LCA centric design.

“Conventional thinking is stuck on damage and loss,” says David.

“From a Global GreenTag perspective, I shall be offering clarity about the terminology used in the area of Life Cycle Analysis thinking and how it naturally applies to a circular economy mindset and sustainable solutions for ecological regeneration.”

David is also presenting two other seminars at Sustainability Week.

In the series for Sustainable Manufacturing, he will be delivering a seminar titled: ‘Sustainability Metrics and LCA: The Business Benefits’

For the Green Business series of Sustainability Week, David is presenting: “The Role of Ecolabels in Greening the Supply Chain.”

For more information about Sustainability Week, please visit http://sustainabilityweek.co.za/