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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.

REGISTER FOR TICKETS


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naomi Martin, Sustainability Manager Constructions of Mirvac Group

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

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

Dick Clark, Principal of Envirotecture

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

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

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

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

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

Tony O’Connell, Director TS Constructions VIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary-Lou Kelly Global GreenTag International Managing Director

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

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

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

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

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

Daniel Huard. Global GreenTag Americas, CEO

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have your say …

GreenTag MSD Stakeholder Review

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

Read more about:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come Meet Global GreenTag Americas

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

For more information, contact: Daniel Huard

Cell: +1 702.604.3359

Email:  ceo@globalgreentag.us

CV: Daniel A. Huard

Global GreenTag CV: Global GreenTag LLC, Americas

Kingfield Galvanizing makes the 2019 AFR Most Innovative Companies List

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

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

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

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

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

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

AFR’s Most Innovative Companies List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact David Baggs:

Phone: +61 7 3399 9686

Email:  ceo@globalgreentag.com

CV: David Baggs

CV: Daniel A. Huard

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUESTION:

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

DAVID BAGGS:

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

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

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

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

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW – ON RATE IT GREEN

NEW FRONTIERS for Global GreenTag International (GGTI) 2019

By Mary-Lou Kelly – Managing Director
What Global Leadership Direction does GGTI want to take as a business in 2019?

This was a key question we asked ourselves after participating in the 4th Assembly of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya during March 2019, where 100 Environment Ministers,  Advisors and Business Leaders convened to discuss solutions to the current state of the planet, under the framework of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)*.

Global GreenTag International (GGTI) offers key solutions to these current planetary problems we are facing within Sustainable Production and Manufacturing. The assessment of a product’s Life Cycle Impacts (and benefits) provides the data in which we can assess the standard or level of product manufacturing.  It is also through this process of understanding Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), i.e., both Life Cycle Impact Analysis (LCIA) and Life Cycle Benefit Analysis (LCBA), that a manufacturer’s next generation product could be developed or recognised to have less impact, indeed potentially provide cyclic resource, climate, health and/or ecologic benefits . With GGTI having robust, scientific standards, we offer a high level transition platform by which manufacturers can play an even more vital role to begin the journey back to transforming the health of our natural ecosystems that need nurturing and restoration.

What can we now do in parallel with Product Certification?

The deeper question is, how can we together go beyond our own business limitations of ‘casting our marketing nets’ wider into a global market and reaching an expanded audience, which remains fundamental to Business Growth and Opportunities?  What might truly stretch us as a Global Business, and what are we truly willing to take responsibility for in our pursuit of excellence? To be truly Great Leaders who are continually learning we must ‘dig deeper’ and change and restore the very foundations that provide us with the resources that supported our creativity for products in the first instance. Beyond Global Marketing and expansion, GGTI (and its partners) choose to participate in and action the following initiatives:

  • Come together with our science & share our findings and data in an equitable way where we all benefit;
  • Develop new ‘cyclic economy’ and ‘net positive’ product metrics like LCARate™ and LCBA;
  • Develop world first certification types and unique transparency reporting for products;
  • Influence national policy and legislation with these findings to support decision making at its highest governance level. This would best be done as a collective; and, in addition to this
  • Action a NEW GLOBAL PROJECT that Global GreenTag International (GGTI) is launching around a concept called Earth Jurisprudence – defined as ‘law and human governance that is based on the fact that humans are only one part of a wider community of beings and that the welfare of each member of that community is dependent on the welfare of the Earth as a whole’.  The GGTI project involves specifically; Restoration of the Natural Ecosystems and the Legacy of the Protection of the Rights of Nature with the aim of having this written into Constitutional and International Law.

GGTI’s very original intent has always been  the protection and preservation of the planet’s natural ecosystems and now GGTI will endeavour to fulfil that mission with this New Global Project.

What goes beyond our own global marketing?

Going forward, our intention is to share and work as a collective to enact change and to restore the very life force that sustains us all. A life force that has provided us all with the energy to be as creative as we are today in what we can and do manufacture.

As the United Nations slogan rightly says… We are all in this together, we truly are, and if we can partner and work together I KNOW WE CAN DO THIS.  From Business as Usual Products, LCA/LCBA, Circular Economy, and Net Positive Ecosystems/Biodiversity to Earth Jurisprudence, these are the five rings of the Ecological Olympics, and we here at GGTI are embracing the full life cycle of the manufacturing and production of products. We are deepening and expanding our Global Service and Legacy and we want to inspire you to do the same and invite you to work with us for the Love of this Beautiful Planet and its Future.

Enjoy your amazing day gifted to you by the Natural Systems.

~ Mary-Lou

* The UN 17 SDG’s outlines a comprehensive Planetary Strategic Plan till 2030

 

MARY-LOU KELLY Managing Director Mary-Lou Kelly co-founded Global GreenTag International with CEO and Program Director David Baggs and the Global GreenTagCertTM green product rating and ecolabel program, which was Australia’s first ACCC approved Certification Mark in the green building sector.

Mary-Lou is also CEO and Co-founder of Ecospecifier Global, a service that she conceptualized in 2002 and remained pivotal in the conception and strategic development of the company, since its launch in 2003 and its subsequent expansion throughout Australasia, Middle East, SE Asia, Sth Africa and China to become one of the world’s most recognised and respected sources for the building industry of eco-product information and sustainability knowledge and the recipient of numerous major awards.  Mary-Lou was the driving organizational and management force behind the creation, formation, financial and other non-technical aspects of Ecospecifier that turned the company into a million-dollar plus turnover business inside six years. The Ecospecifier resource websites went free-to-air in 2011 after eight years to help accelerate the uptake of green materials in the built environment sector.

GLOBAL GREEENTAG Global GreenTag Certifications, Declarations and Verifications take deep scientific health and sustainability assessments and turn them into intuitive product ratings and reports to simplify the A&D and Construction sectors’ green product decisions. Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd is an internationally recognised, multi-award-winning Type 1 (Third Party) Ecolabelling, Product Certification, Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Product health Declaration (PhD) program operator based in Australia, but with offices and representation also in South Africa, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Americas (Canada, USA and Latin America). Global GreenTag programs are formally recognised in WELL™, BREEAM International, EarthCheck®, Green Star®, LOTUS® and the Malaysian Government’s MyHIJAU program and compliant with credit requirements in LEED® (PhDs and EPDs), and BREEAM® (EPDs).