Category Archives: Certification

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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Global GreenTag International Aiming for Platinum at Next Green Olympics in Australia – Bris2032

MEDIA RELEASE

The operator of one of the most renowned and toughest green product certification standards in the world for the built environment industries, Global GreenTag has announced its readiness to help Australian construction companies go for not only gold but also platinum to help super green new building projects for the next Olympics Games in Brisbane in 2032.

The Brisbane-based certification company also reveals it has new and more robust certification and declaration programs in development to ensure that building projects for Bris2032 will be able to access products and materials that are healthier and more ethically manufactured too.  

The roots of the Global GreenTag Product Certification Standard go back deeply to the Sydney 2000 Olympics and its success as the first green built Olympics in history.

GreenTag’s Co-founder, Program Director and CEO David Baggs (also a multi-award winning green building architect, Green Star and LEED AP and Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects) was the Sustainability, Materials and Energy Consultant for 10 of the Sydney 2000 Olympic ‘Green Games’ venues and GreenTag grew out of that process.

Responding to last month’s announcement that Brisbane had won the bid to stage the next Olympics in 2032, David said:

“It is like coming full circle. Global GreenTag evolved out of the work done during the Green Sydney Olympics in 2000 to meet the needs of the emerging green building design teams who were seeking reliable product information that was otherwise unobtainable at the time.

“With over 16,000 products now under certification, we are now poised alongside the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) and Brisbane 2032 organisers’ vision to break new records for integrating sustainable products into the new generation of sustainable property. It is a great challenge, and especially with GBCA’s enhanced Green Star new ‘Buildings’ program and the promise that all new vertical infrastructure and significant upgrades for the next Olympics will target 6 Green Stars and a Net Carbon Zero future. Global GreenTag and our Green Star recognised certified products will be there to support every project.”  

Global GreenTag’s certified products represent over 150 world leading sustainable manufacturers under licence with its certification and declaration programs, most of which have been designed specifically for the building industries to use on projects to align with requirements laid down by the leading green building programs such as Green Star®, WELL™ and LEED®.  

Global GreenTag assessors currently rank products and materials for building projects using both the certifier’s GreenRate certification program and its flagship program LCARate – a comparative Life Cycle Assessment system that ranks products for its whole of life cycle impact on the environment with either a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating. The system was the first of its kind in the world and remains unique today.

Mary-Lou Kelly, Managing Director and Co-founder of Global GreenTag International and the Global GreenTag Product Certification Standard added:

“Our vision is to provide certification programs that are continuously evolving and which influence product manufacturers and building professionals to develop not just ‘better’ solutions but also provide them with tools that enable them to produce and aspire to use the ‘best’ products to protect our eco-systems, our wildlife, their habitats, human health. well being and safety, and human rights too.”

Global GreenTag demands 100% transparency from all manufacturers who submit their products for certification or to one of the company’s rigorous declaration programs, like the GreenTag EPD (Environmental Product Declaration), PHD (Product Health Declaration) and its Modern Slavery Declaration for products (the GreenTag MSD).

“Across all of our product certification, declaration and verification program services, which are led by David, investigations of product supply chains are rigorous. Our assessors look for any signs of environmental impacts and also to critical information, which may suggest that incidents of Modern Slavery are occurring; we cover all corners,” says Mary-Lou.

Global GreenTag product health assessments, via their PHD program, examine the toxicology of products for their insitu ingredients to assessing if they are safe and healthy for people. For the benefit of architects, designers, specifiers and procurement teams, the company also provides a HealthRATE scheme, which ranks the ‘healthiness in use’ of each product from Bronze to Silver to Gold and finally to Platinum, the highest ranking for any product and therefore the healthiest product to be using.

NEWS UPDATE:

Global GreenTag recently added an ‘Asthma & Allergy Sensitive’ assessment process into its HealthRATE ‘healthiness in use’ product-ranking scheme – the first of a number of new programs that Global GreenTag has underway.  

For more information and comment, please contact:

Debra Robertson

Email: media@globalgreentag.com

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

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Global GreenTag Offices Creating Relationships with Green Manufacturers Around the World

Global GreenTag International’s regional leaders and exclusive sales agencies have been very busy in 2021. A significant list of new manufacturers have signed up to certify, declare and verify their sustainable products and materials under the Global GreenTag Certification Standard.

The upward trend for the Global GreenTag brand and its comprehensive services has been very reassuring, indicating a growing market in green procurement and demand for a certification program that both manufacturers and industry professionals trust and require,” says Brett Hazlett, Global GreenTag International’s Global Business Development Manager.

“We have grown significantly in new sales despite the impact of COVID.  In large part this is due to our investment in expanding Global GreenTag’s now stellar global network of leaders and specialist sales agencies, which are enlisted by Global GreenTag International’s CEO David Baggs.”

“Finding the right fit of organisations and specialists for such a niche area as certification is of vital importance and David who is also Program Director of the Global GreenTag CertTM Product Certification system has made some great decisions to bring in fresh new leaders and agencies with exactly the right fit.”

Global GreenTag International leaders today represent territories including Africa, Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, USA, Canada and Latin America. All come with great industry experience and specialisation in a range of fields, including product certification and testing, sustainable architecture and engineering, sustainability and environmental consulting and product procurement support, many with Accredited Professional status with the leading global green building rating schemes, including WELL™ and LEED®.  

MEET THE GLOBAL TEAM

Lizette Swanevelder

– CEO of Global GreenTag Africa

Lizette Swanevelder abides by a philosophy that if she can ‘lead the way in showing people how to protect the environment, then collectively and through our own individual actions, we can make a greater impact to humankind and the earth.’ As CEO of Global GreenTag Africa, Lizette has been an exemplar leader in educating construction and design professionals and supporting manufacturers looking to expand their businesses.  READ MORE

Daniel A. Huard

– CEO of Global GreenTag Americas

Daniel A. Huard is one of the most accomplished, sustainability specialists, practitioners and advocates in the global green building industries. He is a LEED® Fellow, as well as a member of the LEED Steering Committee, a WELL AP™ and member of the WELL Faculty at the International WELL™ Building Institute who has contributed to numerous high profile US, China and other international High-Performance Building, Sustainable, Restorative and Resilient Development projects. READ MORE

Olivia Xing

Sales Manager Australia & New Zealand – Global GreenTag International

Olivia Xing was eager to apply her passion for sustainability with Global GreenTag International when she joined the company in early 2021 to deliver quality sales services for clients READ MORE

EXCLUSIVE GLOBAL SALES AGENTS

Nic Chin – Malaysia

Founder Green Quarter Sdn Bhd

Nic Chin who leads our sales agency in Malaysia with his company Green Quarter Sdn Bhd, lives and works by a belief that we need to ‘Create Environments That Enhance Lives’.  It is a fitting belief understood and shared by Global GreenTag International, which considers how products contribute to building health, performance and efficiency and Nic’s company that engages sustainable design strategies and techniques to lower carbon footprint in Malaysia’s building industry. READ MORE

DI WU (Woody) – Mainland China

Chief Marketing Manager International Certification  & Leader of the Prefabricated Housing Project – China National Building Materials Exhibition and Trade Center (CBME)

Based in Beijing, DI WU (Woody) brings vital specialisations to guide and assist manufacturers from Mainland China to certify, declare and verify their green products under the Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standards. READ MORE

Cricket Liu – Hong Kong, Taiwan & Mainland China (Sub Agent with CBME)

Director – EcoSafene Products Technical Service Co.,Ltd

A highly confident, industrious and credible professional in training and consulting of testing and certification services, especially for fire safety and environment protection, Cricket Liu brings both certification and business development intelligence to help manufacturers in the markets of Hong Kong and Taiwan and as a sub agent with CBME in Mainland China connect and achieve certification awards for their products with Global GreenTag International. READ MORE

Noh-hyun Lim  – South Korea

Head of Division, Global Certification Division – Institute of Global Sustainability Certificate (IGSC) Inc.

Noh-hyun Lim has an impressive background and brings a wealth of industry experience and high level tertiary qualifications to his role as Head of the Global Certification Division at IGSC, which is the exclusive sales agency for Global GreenTag International in the Republic of Korea, headquartered in Seoul.  READ MORE

Hanbi Kim  – South Korea

Research Engineer, New Business Development Team  Institute of Global Sustainability Certificate (IGSC) Inc.

Hanbi Kim joined IGSC in 2021 to focus in the fields of social audits and zero waste. She is involved in helping to develop the Global GreenTag International Product Certification brand and product certification services to manufacturers in the Republic of Korea. READ MORE

John Kalungi Kabuye – Kenya

Founder & Chief Technical Consultant – BESIC Group

John Kalungi Kabuye is renowned for being a passionate advocate, leader and catalyst for helping to green the built environment in Kenya. The Founder and Chief Technical Consultant for the BESIC Group (a built environment surveying and infrastructure consultancy based in Nairobi) John served for a number of years with the Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) as Vice Chairperson and CEO where he was instrumental in shaping the organization’s progress from a prospective member of the World Green Building Council (WBGC) to an established Chapter under the WBGC. READ MORE

2021 INDE.AWARDS SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

It is with great excitement that our Global GreenTag Media Partners – Indesign Media Asia Pacific – officially announce the 2021 INDE.Awards Shortlist: a selection that pays homage to the talent and vision of an industry and a region.

The 2021 INDE.Awards marks the programme’s fifth year, and the first opportunity as an industry to truly celebrate all that has been achieved in some of the most difficult of circumstances. This year, the Awards are not just a celebration of excellence but of resilience, perseverance and dedication, where a rapidly changing world demanded the highest levels of innovation and progressive thinking.

2021 has seen the highest ever number of entrants to the awards, with over 500 entries submitted. This year has also seen the launch of “The Graduate”, a new entrant category that recognises outstanding projects from final year architecture students.

The shortlist was selected by a panel of esteemed judges who formed the 2021 INDE Jury. Indesign would like to thank each member of the jury for lending their time and expertise to the programme: Brodie Neill (Brodie Neill), Chan Ee Mun (WOHA), Florian Heinzelmann and Daliana Suryawinata (SHAU), James Calder (ERA-co), Jan Utzon (Utzon Architects), Jeff Copolov (Bates Smart), Judy Cheung (Cheungvogl), Leone Lorimer (GHDWoodhead), Liamm Timms (International Towers), Luke Yeung (Architectkidd), Peta Heffernan (Liminal Studio), Praveen Nahar (India National Institute of Design), Raj Nandan (Indesign Media Asia Pacific), Shashi Caan (SC Collective), Tonya Hinde (BLP).

Winners of the 2021 INDE.Awards will be announced on Thursday August 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney, Australia. The Gala will be proceeded by the inaugural INDE.Summit. Both the Summit and the Gala will be livestreamed across the globe.

Featured Image: Smart Design Studio by Brydie Shephard (Indesign Media)

Tickets for the Digital Gala are available for registration here.

Congratulations to all nominees who made the 2021 Inde.Awards Shortlist

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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

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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


							

WORKSHOP: Modern Slavery in Australia. How it impacts your specifications and how to simplify reporting

A Live event on Facebook for industry, organised by Caroma and GWA Group

TIMES: 

Sydney, Melbourne, ACT – 6:00-7:00pm

Adelaide – 5.30-6.30pm

Queensland – 5:00-6:00pm

Darwin – 4.30-5.30pm

Perth 4:00-5:00pm

In this live workshop on Facebook, hosted by the GWA Group and Caroma, Global GreenTag’s Program Director and CEO David Baggs will be advising professionals to help manage product specifications and supply chain reporting now that Modern Slavery legislation in Australia has come into play.

  • Learn about the industries’ mandatory engagement in Modern Slavery, as a result of the Federal Government’s legislation in Australia.
  • Understand how it impacts not only your large clients, and suppliers but can impact you and your specifications;
  • Learn about the data level mismatch that makes determining the impacts of products much more difficult if not impossible
  • Discover what resources already exist to assist in choosing products with Modern Slavery Assessments; and
  • Find out how to simplify reporting when it does impact you.

REGISTER Modern Slavery in Australia

Click to read more about Global GreenTag’s Modern Slavery Declaration for Products

David Baggs – Bio

Voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and Top 100 Sustainability Leaders globally, David is a world-renowned sustainability and materials expert and Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He is CEO and Program Director of the Global GreenTagCertTM Product Certification Program, the world’s leading ‘Beyond LCA’ based product ecolabel, Certification Mark and also operator of the Global GreenTag International Product Health Declaration, Environmental Product Declaration and Modern Slavery Declaration programs, which support the advancement and uptake of healthy and environmentally conscious products on the planet. David is also a multi-award winning green building architect, author, Exemplar Global Lead Auditor, GBCA Materials Expert Panel member and Past President of the Australian LCA Society.

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

Helping architects, designers, and specifiers understand product certification

Holding a Doctorate in Sustainable Construction Management and qualified as both a WELL and Green Star Accredited Professional, Dr Judy Luo is well suited to help building professionals as well as manufacturers understand the importance of product certification.

Recently appointed as Assessment Team Leader and Senior Product Assessor of Global GreenTag International, Judy has over 7 years of experience in product research and certification. Judy works closely with green product manufacturers to assist in the certification journey of their sustainable product lines.  She also fields regular questions from architects, designers, specifiers, ESD consultants and various other project professionals who want to understand more about the attributes of green products for buildings and interior fits outs.

“We talk to somebody in the building industry at least once a week and welcome these calls,” says Dr Luo.  “It is always interesting to hear about projects and to talk about the products that are certified with Global GreenTag, which professionals are considering specifying into their projects.” 

Over the years, conversations with building professionals has become a vibrant part of working in the product assessment team, says Judy, a service that has been encouraged by David Baggs, Program Director and co-founder of the Global GreenTag Standard and CEO of Global GreenTag International.

“David has always been committed for Global GreenTag to meet the needs of the green built environment industries in addition to being product certifiers for amazing green manufacturers,” says Judy.  

“Our Product Standard was developed from a green building and design background. David has a rich background in both green architecture and a specialisation in sustainable materials for green projects. He is also a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and is a qualified Green Star and LEED AP.”

“On the product certification team, we all love working closely with manufacturers to take their products through robust third party assessments to certify their sustainable value. Certification is important to assure the marketplace that products are what manufacturers are claiming. 

“Our job is to look at a product from all angles to ensure that it properly certifies as ethically and sustainably produced, and that it is safe and healthy for end users,” says Judy.

If you are a building professional, please give Global GreenTag a call if you want to know more about products, which are Global GreenTag certified that you are considering for your projects, or to enquire about the different certifications and what they mean, we would like to help you get the best results for your project.

Dr Judy Luo can be contacted by email: certification2@globalgreentag.com or telephone (free call in Australia:1300 263 586) and internationally +61 7 3399 9686

If you would like to contact David Baggs, send an email to: david.baggs@globalgreentag.com or telephone (free call in Australia:1300 263 586) and internationally +61 7 3399 9686

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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Webinex Talks … Weathertex, Armstrong Flooring, Dulux Australia and Global GreenTag International Institute unpack the benefits of selecting ‘declared’ healthier products

 

Australia – August 27, 2020 – Everyone at the beginning of 2020 knew it was going to be a big year but nobody expected the impacts that came with COVID 19 to bring the topic of human health starkly into focus.

For the building industry, this emphasis on health has increased the imperative for greater transparency about the toxicology of ingredients in products that go into new and refurbished builds.  It is important that manufacturers and suppliers share solutions and trusted information that assures building professionals and building occupants that the products they select to go into their building projects are also healthy in-use.  As we know, there are many building materials on the market that still include toxic chemicals whose ingredients are not declared and may adversely affect human health.

We invite you to an educational webinar to learn more from a line-up of panelists, all with strong backgrounds in sustainability,  including representation from building brands who have also committed to deliver the assurance of PRODUCT HEALTH with their key product ranges by having them ‘Declared’ under the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration (GreenTag PHD™) program.

Webinex Talks … the benefits of selecting ‘healthier’ products goes live on Thursday, August 27 at 12.30pm Australia EST.

Hosted by Australian, sustainable, cladding manufacturer Weathertex together with the Global GreenTag International Institute, attendees will learn more about the GreenTag PHD and how through better planning and informed choices – frequently at little or no additional cost – it is possible to select healthier building materials and products, which will achieve healthier outcomes, often by using better quality materials that will last longer and have a smaller environmental footprint.

The panel includes representation from building brands – Dulux Australia, Armstrong Flooring and Weathertex who each have declared with 100 percent transparency the toxicological information of ingredients within the products they have submitted to the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ (the GreenTag PHD™) program – a robust declaration report that establishes the health rating of their products under GreenTag’s HealthRATE™ system.

The GreenTag PHD serves as a healthy product building tool for building and interiors’ professionals, and provides clarity about which products to select on projects, compared with business as usual products. The tool is used already, recognised in Australia by Green Star® and worldwide by the WELL™ Building Standard Equivalencies for core product related Features, LEED® under Versions 4.0 and 4.1 and other leading building rating tools.

The Webinex Talks panel line-up includes:

  • Amy Costello – Calling in from the US where she is based,  Amy is the Sustainability Manager for Armstrong Flooring, a licensed Professional Engineer and a LEED® and WELL Accredited Professional.
  • Dr Rod Vockler – Technical Manager of Dulux Australia, who also specialises in sustainability topics of LCA, EPD and eco-accreditation and holds a Doctorate in Organic Synthetic Chemistry.
  • Jason O’Hagan, Managing Director of Weathertex who has been in the building industry for over 30 years and committed to delivering customers with product transparency and the most sustainable ‘healthier’ cladding materials possible and,
  • David Baggs of the Global GreenTag International Institute – CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International – who’s also a materials specialist, a Chartered Architect and Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

To secure a Zoom seat at Webinex Talks … the benefits of selecting ‘healthier’ products

Date: Thursday, August 27

Time: 12.30pm (Australia EST)

REGISTER HERE

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEE THE PHD PRODUCT LIST AVAILABLE IN THE USA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more about:

BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: David Baggs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEE THE PHD PRODUCT LIST AVAILABLE IN THE USA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email:                       marketing@globalgreentag.com 

Mobile:                     0437 407 377

OR

Daniel HUARD         (US Pacific Time zone)

Email:                       CEO@globalgreentag.com 

Cell:                          +1 702 604 3359

 

Read more about:

BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: David Baggs

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naomi Martin, Sustainability Manager Constructions of Mirvac Group

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

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

Dick Clark, Principal of Envirotecture

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

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

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

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

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

Tony O’Connell, Director TS Constructions VIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary-Lou Kelly Global GreenTag International Managing Director

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

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

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

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

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

Daniel Huard. Global GreenTag Americas, CEO

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have your say …

GreenTag MSD Stakeholder Review

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

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BIO: Mary-Lou Kelly

BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: David Baggs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: Dan Freeman on Unsplash

Reveal Your CarbonRATE™

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about CarbonRATE, please contact:

David Baggs, CEO & Program Director Global GreenTag International 

Phone: +61 7 3399 9686 (Intl)

Australia – Freecall: 1300 263 586

Email:  ceo@globalgreentag.com

 

The Global GreenTag International Certification Standard is Ready for Review

The Global GreenTag International Standard development team invite you to review and comment by Monday, October 28th on our latest product certification Standard v4.1  Your participation is valued.  The Global GreenTag Standards Stakeholder program requires open and transparent processes, with adequate (minimum 30 day) comment periods and transparent reporting of outcomes with results of the review to be made readily available.

What’s new?

This v4.1 review of the The Standard is a Minor Review.   Many of the changes are procedural e.g. minor error corrections and changes such as those due to Australia having moved from EU based Chemical Hazard assessments to the UN Globally Harmonised System (Au-GHS) e.g. changing language from ‘R-Phrases’ to ‘H-Statements’ and making interpretation easier for international use of the Standard now Global GreenTag is active in so many overseas markets.

The Standard now also addresses legislative changes in areas such as:

– National Construction Code -Fire Safety;
– Federal and NSW Modern Slavery;
– QLD Human Rights Act;
– Various Normative Standards reviewed and versions updated;

as well as introducing new Global GreenTag Services formally under the auspices of the Standard:

– Product Health Declarations (PHDs);
– HealthRATE;
– CarbonRATE;
– WaterRATE  and other future services.

The GreenTag Standard Scope Has Expanded!

We also have explicitly expanded the scope of the Standard to allow GreenTag to specifically certify credits within rating tools that sit outside the actual bounds of the Standard, ie by adopting the specific requirements of the rating tool credits or labelling systems themselves to certify against including but not limited to WELL, LEED and LBC.

We have also:

  • Reviewed and re-aligned the Leather and Wet Process Natural Fibres requirements to bring them into alignment with the furniture fabrics existing requirements where the processes were in conflict.
  • Added expanded references to new databhubs that are receiving and publishing GreenTag Certification outcomes in various countries e.g. origin.build, ecomedes.com, sustainableminds.com etc.
  • Extended the cut-off for the elimination of orthophthalate plasticisers for another 3 years due to the lack of definitive scientific data on the endocrine disruption potential of this specific class of chemicals (not those already banned).
  • Aligned the Formaldehyde content requirements for composite wood and general Hazard Declaration cut-off definition with LEED and WELL product transprency credits more closely.
  • Added the semi-volatile VOC requirements from WELL.
  • Corrected incorrect clauses relating slip requirements of non-resilient flooring categories.
  • Amended the requirements for insect treatment of carpets; and
  • clarified International and Australian Local Procurement requirements.

GreenTag Standard v4.1 Draft is available for public review until Monday, October 28th, 2019.

Download copies for review 
GreenTag Standard v4.1 – Clean Copy
GreenTag Standard v4.1 – Track Change Copy

Enter your comments in the Standard Review Public Feedback Form 

All comments on the Standard are to be emailed to:
certification1@globalgreentag.com

You can read more about GreenTag’s Standards Development Processes HERE