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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).

Brett Hazlett Appointed CEO, Global GreenTag Australia & New Zealand

Global GreenTag International proudly announces the appointment of Brett Hazlett to the new position of CEO – Global GreenTag Australia & New Zealand.

Well known to many of our certified product manufacturers in Australia and the world for his specialisation in certification strategies, Brett has worked closely with hundreds of manufacturers to bring their sustainable product lines into the Global GreenTag certification process.

Mary-Lou Kelly, Managing Director of Global GreenTag International says: “The company is expanding fast into new countries and we are very pleased to promote Brett into this new position – he is perfect for the role.”

“Brett understands the landscape well in terms of the needs of manufacturers whose products are ready to undergo the certification pathway, and he has some great ideas on where to help lead and grow the company in Australia and New Zealand in the next few years.”

“Myself and David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International are thrilled that Brett has taken up this position. We both have absolute trust in his experience and abilities.”

BRETT HAZLETT

Specialised in certification and verification strategies, Brett Hazlett has worked in the green building space for over a decade as a champion for sustainable product manufacturers.  He has helped progressive manufacturers around the world to plan and implement third party assessment pathways for their sustainable product lines.  Particularly for green building products that comply with building rating tools and programs, focused upon reducing environmental footprint and creating safer and healthier environments for people to live and work in,

Brett has always had a passion for the natural world. He was with Global GreenTag when the Global GreenTag Product Certification Standard was launched in 2011, and since 2008, he has also managed Verified Product assessment accounts for Ecospecifier Global, working with manufacturers throughout Australasia, Asia and UAE.

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).

Another WELL AP Qualification Inside Global GreenTag International – Congratulations Dr Judy Luo

Dr Judy Luo, who is a pivotal part of the Global GreenTag International product assessment team has recently upgraded to also become a WELL AP – a significant accreditation in the green building world. The credential denotes expertise in the WELL™ Building Standard and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities.

Judy, who also has a PhD in Sustainable Built Environment and Construction Management, achieved her WELL AP after spending 8 months in preparation before passing her exams in Sydney. She joins Daniel Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas who is a WELL AP and a WELL Faculty Member of the International WELL™ Building Institute.

The WELL AP credential, says Judy, is an important body of knowledge and skills in analysis and problem solving, to have, and she is currently planning to generate educational materials for manufacturers who have products certified under the Global GreenTag International Standard to understand more about WELL building.

The Global GreenTag v4.0 certification and its Product Health DeclarationTM are recognized by many WELL v1.0 and v2.0 core features in relation to low VOC emissions, hazardous substance minimisation and material transparency.

Helping manufacturers understand more about how their products can fit into WELL projects is becoming more important, says Judy, and especially as the registrations of WELL projects continues to increase in Australia and globally.

“WELL focuses on the healthiness and wellbeing of occupants in buildings and demands that materials used in WELL projects are supported by scientific research and performance tests, which is what Global GreenTag Certification aspires to as well.”

“A healthier built environment is achieved through the implementation of strategies, policies and technologies, which encourage a healthy and comfortable lifestyle, as well as reduce the exposure of occupants in buildings to harmful chemicals and pollutants. The WELL Standard’s philosophy echoes people’s demand for a healthy life in modern society and Global GreenTag is right behind that thinking and helping to make it happen.”

 

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).

Think Before You Act … Compliance is Everyone’s Responsibility

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT … COMPLIANCE IS EVERYONE’s RESPONSIBILITY was the firm unified message delivered for a hot topic panel discussion moderated today in Sydney by Brett Hazlett, Global GreenTag’s CEO AU & NZ at Total Facilities 2019.

The topic: Managing building compliance to maximise user safety was deliberated by an expert panel, including (pictured above from left to right) Brad Collins, Managing Director of AESC, Dan Caldwell, Director of APTUS Building Consultants, Craig Humphries Head of Operations for Hendry and Brett Hazlett.

To highlight the importance of compliance, one of the critical topics discussed were the combustibility of cladding materials and the recent fire disasters that ensued in the UK at Grenfell Tower in London and at the Lacrosse Apartments in Melbourne.

The panel advised:

– Due diligence is important at all levels of a building project, and to mitigate risk requires everyone to know precisely what compliance standards are required.

– Think before you act. Compliance is everyone’s responsibility. No one in a court of law is exempt from taking responsibility. Therefore, if you don’t know where the risks are, ask! There are no dumb questions. Especially if expensive ramifications face you down the track.

– Be aware that no one or business entity is exempt from liability in a building project. Liability has a flow on downwards affect and that would include product procurement as well, choosing between products that are properly certified and those which are not.

Another WELL™ Feature for Global GreenTag PhD™

Under the WELL v2 program, Global GreenTag certification appears to be the first and only,  Non-USA certification that is currently recognised for the WELL Building Standard™ ‘Equivalencies’ under the program’s recently added FEATURE X13: Enhanced Material Precaution.

WELL™ Feature X13 is another detailed human and environmental protection item for projects registered to pursue and achieve WELL Certification.  WELL is designating a maximum value of 2 points to buildings that fulfill the new Feature,  introduced to:  ‘Minimize the impact of hazardous building material ingredients on indoor air quality,  protect the environment and health of workers and help support the demand for safer chemical alternatives.’

The additional FEATURE will be a great plus for Global GreenTag products that are formally recognised already by WELL™ FEATURES 4, 11, 26 and 97 under the Global GreenTag PhD or *Product health Declaration certification tool, which recognises progressive manufacturers who fully disclose with 100% transparency the toxicity information of their products.

Commenting,  David Baggs,  Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director says  ‘we welcome this new Feature from WELL.  It aligns firmly with our own certification system that is grounded in transparency and equally focuses upon cautionary concerns.”

“We strongly agree with WELL that ‘the vast quantity and variety of chemicals flowing through the global economy makes the task of tracing possible environmental and human health extremely difficult ’

“With FEATURE X13 we hope that more pressure in this area will be applied because it draws timely attention to a critical need to restrict the use of hazardous ingredients in building materials.  It also helps for tougher product certification measures to be more widely supported and for projects to pay attention to certification schemes like Global GreenTag that are effectively helping to differentiate for safer product alternatives.”

As WELL™ states in positioning the new Feature X13,  screening and certification schemes that: “restrict the use of hazardous ingredients in building materials—those that are environmental contaminants and/or pose human health hazards—can help improve indoor air quality and mitigate the risk of exposure to potentially harmful substances.”

And, conversely,  those “that promote safe environmental and health attributes through the restriction of ingredients known to be environmental or health hazards help to increase the demand for safer alternatives, protect public health and enable market transformation.”

Global GreenTag agrees on both these points.

The GreenTag PhD™ is a first of its kind in the world product health certification tool that among other things, recognises progressive manufacturers who fully disclose with 100% transparency the toxicity information of their products.

READ HOW TO HAVE YOUR PRODUCT ASSESSED WITH THE PHD TOOL

* Of added interest for manufacturers thinking about a GreenTag PhD: GreenTag is now also offering a sequence of HealthRATE™ TAGS that make visible a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum ‘Healthiness in Use’ rating under a unique new HealthRATE™ system – designed to enable consumers and all end users make quick, safe, reliable and healthy product choices. 

Read more about Global GreenTag HealthRATE™

LOHAS Research uncovers Global GreenTag as one of the Top 25 eco-labels in Australia

Reported in the latest Living LOHAS©6 (Lifestyles Of Health and Sustainability) Consumer Trends Report Australia, Global GreenTag International was positioned in public awareness in 2018 amongst the top 25 ‘have seen’ eco-labels in the country, in the company of labels like Energy Rating Label, World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Planet Ark, Landcare, Fairtrade and Australian Certified Organic.

The report, conducted by Mobium Group, highlights that consumer demand is getting stronger for even more environmentally conscious products to be available to customers in the future, reporting “high levels of expectation that the products and services they buy in five years’ time will be more ‘environmentally friendly’ than those they buy now.”

As an indicator of a growing trend in people seeking a LOHAS lifestyle, the market for LOHAS products has grown from $12 billion in 2007 to $30 billion in 2018 and is on track to triple from the 2007 figure by 2021.

Mobium Group has found that this growth has been “initiated by a long run change in the values and attitudes of key segments of the community” identified as Leaders, Leaning, Learners and Laggards; together representing a cross section of how Australian adults participate in the market.

Important to note, however, is that a significant percentage of Australian consumers sampled for the study were defined as being “pessimistic about the impact of environmental issues on their community over the next five years… with 79% stating that the impact will be greater than it is today.”

The Report found a level of ‘discontent’ amongst Australian respondents “with the current level of leadership shown by Government, and the majority of the business sector,” indicating that governments and industry are under scrutiny to produce solutions to reduce future risks.

Certification was also seen as having an important role to play to support LOHAS consumers and their communities. Since 2014, the Report says there has been a general continuation in the growth of public awareness of eco-labels, social trust marks and environmental organisation logos, which the study attributes to “increased levels of certification leading to application on more products (enhanced public visibility).”

According to Mobium’s Research Director Nick Bez, “trust remains one of the key barriers to consumer uptake of sustainable product options and there remains entrenched cynicism in the Australian community about many claims that brands are making. Eco-labels and trust-marks are one mechanism that can provide surety to customers through independent validation of product credentials.”

Mobium’s assessment is that “a combination of growing community expectations, technological change and innovation from business, will see the continued strong expansion of more sustainable, ethical and environmentally friendly products and services across the country, but that supportive Government policy action is required in order to accelerate the pace of change.”

The Report adds however, that eco-labels still need more support, because there are still limitations in recall for many eco logos and that ‘further promotional investment is required to increase awareness and usefulness for a broader audience.”

Living LOHAS©6 is the sixth in the Living LOHAS series, published by Mobium Group since 2007.  Over this period, Mobium Group has surveyed over 50,000 Australians on 250+ measures related to values, attitudes, behaviours and consumption patterns, and undertaken over 1,000 in-depth discussions with individuals in their homes, workplaces, leisure and educational environments.

The insights generated in the latest report, put together by a team of researchers, led by Nick Bez and Andy Baker, provide an unparalleled depth of understanding about the motivations of Australians to engage in healthier, more sustainable lifestyle choices.

Mobium Group’s Living LOHAS©6 report (all 80 pages) is a valuable resource for organisations to invest in to gain insight into the market and especially the drivers of the future, including the risk factors, how consumers are responding and what the future holds.  See more at www.mobium.com.au and www.lohas.com.au

 

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 both consumer and the A,D&C 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  the Americas (Canada, North and Latin America), South Africa for Africa, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia.  Global GreenTag programs are formally recognised in WELL™, BREEAM International,  EarthCheck®,  Green Star®,  LOTUS® and the Malaysian Government’s MyHIJAU program and are compliant with credit requirements in LEED® (PhDs and EPDs), and BREEAM® (EPDs).

 

DEVELOPING NEW PCR … inviting your feedback!

The Global GreenTag EPD Program is seeking your input into development of Product Category Rules for Structural Base Shelving and Cabinetry products, developed in collaboration with Evah Institute, and inviting you to comment.

Consumers and business customers alike seek reliable quantitative data about environmental burden of products, to help them make purchasing decisions that account for such burden. Their decision-making is now supported by initiatives including Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

EPD is a user-friendly representation of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) results. To ensure that EPDs provide reliable and comparable information, every EPD is underpinned by relevant Product Category Rules (PCR). PCR is defined in ISO 14025 as a set of specific rules, requirements, and guidelines, for developing environmental declarations for one or more products that can fulfil equivalent functions. PCRs determine what information should be gathered, how that information should be evaluated, and how it should be presented in a form of environmental declaration.

Manufacturers’ input into development of PCRs is immensely important, as it allows to tailor PCRs for the conforming LCAs to reflect typical material sourcing, adopted manufacturing processes and common use phase issues, and for EPDs – to represent all important information about the products in accessible way.

The public consultation period closes on 4th of March 2019

The draft PCR for Structural Base Shelving and Cabinetry products is accessible HERE.

Please submit comments and questions to certification@globalgreentag.com.

The draft PCR for Fitted Cabinetry products is accessible HERE.

Please submit comments and questions to certification@globalgreentag.com.

Global GreenTag International Launches Collaborative Partnership with Eurofins Scientific in Mainland China

Global GreenTag International has joined forces with the state-of-the art product testing facility of Eurofins Testing Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of testing giant Eurofins Scientific, to build a number of joint initiatives to help drive Mainland China’s march towards greater sustainability  

 “The GreenTag team, represented by Ecosafene in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan is very excited to be now working with Eurofins Testing Technology,” says David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.

“As Industry Partners with Eurofins, we shall be building a greater presence in the region by way of both marketing and educational initiatives to help drive a higher level of product testing and certification to meet the region’s rapidly growing demands for more stringent quality, safety and health standards.”

Eurofins Testing Technology (Shenzhen) has one of the most sophisticated testing facilities in the world as a subsidiary of Eurofins Scientific, which has more than 400 laboratories in 44 countries. Globally, the testing giant offers a portfolio of over 150,000 analytical method services for evaluating the safety, identity, composition, authenticity, origin and purity of biological substances and products, including for advanced material sciences and for supporting speciality clinical diagnostic testing.

The Eurofins facility in Shenzhen is capable of conducting heavy metal residue testing, substance testing, textile fit for purpose testing and small chamber VOC testing in accordance with Global GreenTag’s Standard requirements. The Shenzhen facility soon will also have on stream a cutting edge facility for large chamber VOC testing as well.

Cici XU, Senior Sales Supervisor for Eurofins Testing Technology (Shenzhen) says:

“Eurofins is grateful for this industry co-operation with Global GreenTag International. It means Global GreenTag’s recognition of Eurofins’ testing ability. We also believe that the Eurofin’s testing capability will help manufacturers to apply for Global GreenTag certification.”

Mary-Lou Kelly, Managing Director of Global GreenTag International adds that the partnership with Eurofins is a significant step for Global GreenTag.

“We are making strides in our mission to help support progressive, green focused manufacturers to achieve greater recognition for their products and it is exciting to be on the ground in Mainland China where some fantastic sustainability initiatives are being explored and implemented.”

Eurofins Testing Technology will be promoting Global GreenTag certification services at various expos, events and seminars throughout Mainland China, as well as arranging for manufacturers with GreenTag certified products, either based or producing in Mainland China or exporting into the region to be provided with Eurofin’s specialised services to ensure the testing requirements of their products are fully covered.

For more information about certifying products with Global GreenTag in Mainland China, Taiwan or Hong Kong, please contact Cricket Liu

For more information about Eurofins in Mainland China, please contact Cici XU, Senior Sales Supervisor, Eurofins Testing Technology (Shenzhen).

To enquire further about accessing green building projects globally with GreenTag certification, please contact Dr Judy Luo

Daniel Huard Appointed CEO of Global GreenTag Americas

Pictured, left to right, David Baggs - CEO & Program Director, Global GreenTag International (GGTI), Daniel Huard (CEO, Global GreenTag Americas), Mary-Lou Kelly - Managing Director, GGTI and Brett Hazlett - Global Certification Strategist, GGTI

Global GreenTag International is proud to announce the appointment of Daniel Huard as CEO of Global GreenTag Americas.  Daniel is one of the most accomplished sustainability practitioners, experts and advocates in the US green building industry today – a significant player who is not only a global LEED Fellow, Daniel was also elevated in November to the International WELL™ Building Institute’s WELL Faculty.

David Baggs, Global GreenTag International’s CEO and Program Director says: “We are delighted to have Daniel on board to lead the way for us in the Americas. His body of work is extraordinary, he is a true disruptor and doer in the sustainability space. His accomplishments have earned him a prestigious position as one of 283 LEED Fellows on the planet in addition to a dozen other professional designations, which now also includes his exciting new appointment to the WELL Faculty, a great honour to Daniel’s work and also for Global GreenTag International whose certification standard is formally recognised by WELL globally.”

Daniel’s appointment as CEO of Global GreenTag Americas was first announced when Global GreenTag International launched its services into the Americas (Canada, North and Latin America) at the 2018 USGBC GREENBUILD Expo in Chicago. He is affectionately known in US green building industry circles as the ‘Godfather of Sustainability.’ Backed with degrees in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelors in Architecture, a Masters of Architecture and Masters of Urban Planning, Daniel has contributed to numerous US domestic and international High‐Performance Building, Sustainable and Restorative Development projects.

Of his new appointment as CEO of Global GreenTag Americas, Daniel says:

“I am proud, honoured and humbled to be overseeing the rollout of Global GreenTag Americas. It is the Impact Opportunity I have been looking for – a long time.  I am now able to directly support organisations who are designing and manufacturing the best sustainable products in the world today concurrently with those designing, constructing and certifying the greenest buildings on the Planet. I am also honoured to be now a member of the IWBI WELL Faculty, providing additional education, support and advocacy beyond what I was able to do as a WELL AP.

“My interests with WELL and healthier places for people align perfectly with the work that Global GreenTag International has invested in to enhance the role of health in its certification systems. In essence and practice, the Global GreenTag Standard is beautifully aligned to the vision and mission of WELL.  It is going to be an exciting journey to see how much further we can go to champion and help accelerate and mainstream the uptake of certified, healthier products in the market – that’s certainly one of our goals!”

Where he would like to help take Global GreenTag, Daniel says:

“Assuming this leadership role for Global GreenTag Americas builds further on my work to improve the built environment. This role allows me to help to contribute further to the healthy materials dialog and the necessary improvement to product transparency that benefits everyone”

Daniel currently is a member of the USGBC’s LEED Technical Committee, having contributing to the development of LEED v4, more recently the beta version of LEED v4.1 and planned future LEED V5 Standards. He is also Chairperson of the LEED Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group.

Mary-Lou Kelly, Managing Director of Global GreenTag International who also welcomed Daniel to the business in Chicago last month says “Daniel is a force to be reckoned with. His hands-on expertise and accumulative knowledge in the field of sustainable development is going to serve Global GreenTag International for many years to come. Most importantly, Daniel has a sustainability heart as big as a whale and our corporate team is very much looking forward to working with Daniel to open up Global GreenTag International certification services to some very big markets in the Americas.”


MORE ABOUT DANIEL HUARD

Daniel’s body of work and advocacy in green building goes back over 20 years – and beyond.  He started as an Engineer with General Motors Environmental Compliance Reporting in 1989 and has continued this dedication and focus with every organization desirous of demonstrating environmental leadership since.

In 1998, Daniel drilled down his passion for green development, becoming a Founding Principal of Humann Building Solutions, a registered Professional Engineering firm in which he has led restorative development work on diverse specialty purpose facility projects to design and construct buildings and infrastructure for improved sustainability, efficiency and operability. His global project expertise includes offices, resort and hospitality buildings, government facilities, museums, cultural, education facilities and sustainable improvements to historical restorations and landmarks.

Beyond providing Executive and Operational Level Program Management, Facilitation, Planning, Project Management and Administration, since 2001 Daniel has also served as a Corporate and Organizational Governance Expert, incorporating Organizational Best Practices into Leadership, Organizational, Operational Structure and Strategic Planning. He has provided his professional expertise in sustainability to numerous international events as well, including Greenbuild, WaterBuild, Living Future unConference, WaterSmart Innovations, Advanced Energy Conference, Energy Management Congress, CAPAC and Global Gaming Expo to name a few.

Daniel also has an ongoing commitment to mentoring, service and leadership within the green building industry, contributing in an ongoing basis to the National Fenestration Council, International WELL Building Institute, Association of Energy Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air‐Conditioning Engineers, USGBC Nevada, USGBC Western Regional Council and USGBC National and as well founded the Las Vegas Valley Living Building Challenge Collaborative serving as Nevada’s inaugural ILFI Ambassador.

In addition, Daniel has also served as a former League of Indian Nations of North America Ambassador to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, where he focused on international sustainability programs, social and educational programs and native rights recognition and advocacy.

Beyond his professional degrees in the fields of architecture, mechanical engineering and urban planning, Daniel holds multiple other professional accreditations including: LEED AP O+M as well as LEED AP BD+C from Green Business Certification Inc. and was elevated to LEED Fellow in 2017, PMP from Project Management Institute, Living Future Accredited from International Living Future Institute, GGA, GGP and GPCP from Green Building Initiative, WELL AP and WELL Faculty from the International WELL Building Institute in addition to ASHRAE Commissioning Process Management Professional.


GLOBAL GREEENTAG

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 and will be soon launching in the USA.  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).

DesignBUILD Report flags supply chain sustainability and tightening regulations around product compliance as core issues for buyers and specifiers in Australian construction

Global GreenTag International features in the analysis and evaluation of a new report by DesignBUILD and Diversified Communications Australia, which has released a 2018 study titled ‘An Insight Into The Ever-Changing Specifier Buying Cycle … Current Market Trends and Future Challenges. The hot issues uncovered in the survey represent a serious call for product regulations and compliance, sustainability across the entire supply chain and an increase in focus on technology to drive project efficiency and collaboration. The needs of customers also was highlighted as having ‘the greatest influence’ on product specification and buying and so was ‘trust’. .

According to the main conclusions of the 2018 report, the first core issue affecting the industry is a call to tighten regulations around product compliance,  “This is an important finding, which indeed highlights the need to protect the industry from using unknown, potentially unsafe, uncertified or unverified products in building projects,” says David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director, who is cited in the Report’s commentary sections.

All data for the report was gathered by DesignBUILD through its survey of architecture, design and construction professionals who attend the DesignBUILD exhibition, which is held biennally in Sydney and Melbourne. The respondent sample provides clear insight into the thinking behind industry professionals, particularly in the buying process, and where they are paying attention: The most significant responses from the survey reveal:

  • 94% identify as being involved in the product specification process.
  • 71% source their product information from trade shows.
  • 63% believe imported products have a negative impact in the market.
  • 45% expect there to be a change in the way products are specified over the next 3-5 years.

However, a strong finding in the Report, was the call by industry for sustainability across the entire supply chain, indicating an important need to access products and materials that they can trust.  The term sustainability,  in fact, is mentioned a total of 43 times in the 22 page report and certainly highlights that sustainability and by implication a cleaner supply chain is important.  However, what this will take also resides with the Australian industry,  David Baggs comments within the Report:

“Sustainability is often considered an extra cost. But in our experience comparable quality, highly rated and sustainably certified ‘fit for purpose’ products are often competing in the marketplace head to head on cost, with little cost difference. Generally only if quality is sacrificed are cost savings possible, and the flammable cladding debacle is an example of where that path leads.”

In the Report Summary, Jamie Butler-Underwood, DesignBUILD Event Manager also refers also to the responsibility of the industry to uphold standards, stating: :

“There is an evident need for defining regulations over what constitutes product conformance and compliance and where the ultimate responsibility lies across the design and build process to meet standards.  It is evident from the comments in the report that there is concern around products being re-specified during the build process and how this can compromise the design, performance and therefore compliance of a product or project.”  

“Trusting product from both domestic and overseas suppliers or manufacturers is in line with Australian standards and seems to be an ongoing issue for those involved in the specification process and will be a significant challenge to address in building regulation reform”

Ultimately,  what is driving the market the most in product specification and selection, the Report finds are customers.  They have the greatest influence on decision making, while product source and quality and customer preference and product availability also rate highly.

Access to product information was another featured finding of the Report and it was interesting to note that 59% of survey respondents “see product reviews as an important source of information …  however, only 41% said they trust product reviews ‘fairly well’ and that “product reviews from established publications and websites are seen to be more reputable than other sources such as social media.”

The DESIGNBUILD 2018 REPORT  findings came from a diverse cross section of professionals directly involved in the Australian building industry. The survey representation comprised:.

  • 30% Architecture
  • 22% Residential Construction
  • 16% Design
  • 13% Commercial Construction

Sectors in which respondents operated:

  • 63% residential
  • 28% retail
  • 22% corporate
  • 21% education.

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David Baggs’ Contribution to Driving Sustainability Honoured by Australian Institute of Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International to Life Fellow for his “exemplary contribution” to the built environment.

News of the Life Fellow award was sent by Clare Cousins, the AIA’s National President, honouring David’s “long term and principled involvement in architecture, practice and service to the profession and the wider community.”

The AIA National President said of David: “Your contribution to the institute over many years, as well as a passionate advocate for sustainable future in the built environment has been highly valued and appreciated by members and staff alike.”

David, who received notification of his award while in the USA last month during the launch of Global GreenTag International in the Americas, said: “I must say the news took me completely by surprise and I am very honoured to be recognised by an institution that I respect greatly and who I have been a member with since my early days as a green architect and exploring energy efficiency, passive energy sources and the beauty of earth covered building design.  I thank the National Council and staff of the AIA for bestowing this great honour and it continues to be a great pleasure to serve the built environment and profession as I have evolved over the years into the fields of materials specialisation and sustainable product certification to simplify and facilitate sustainable action by the broader profession, which I am absolutely passionate about.”

Global GreenTag International also congratulates David. The company’s Managing Director, Mary-Lou Kelly, says “this is a well-deserved honour for David and we are very proud of him.”


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, North 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).

Welcome Graphenstone to our new Green Heroes video series

 

Global GreenTag International has launched a new ‘Green Heroes’ video series and the first video is with Jorge A. Gil Álvarez, Managing Director of Graphenstone Asia and South Pacific, who tells us why the ecological paints and coatings manufacturer chose to be certified under the Global GreenTag International Standard.

An industrial engineer with international business development and sales experience,  Jorge A. Gil Álvarez talks about Graphenstone’s pathway to certification with Global GreenTag and achieving some impressive ratings for the company’s Graphenstone® Mineral Paints and Primers  – including both a GreenRate Level A award and a Global GreenTag Gold HEALTH PhD as well. 

Upcoming Green Heroes videos include interviews with ModWood Technologies, Billi,  Stormtech and Assa Abloy.

 

Modern Slavery Act – What Are You Doing About It?

Following the anticipated enactment of the Commonwealth of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act and in light of the enactment of the New South Wales Government’s Modern Slavery Act 2018, legislation is already a reality for companies operating in NSW.  Global GreenTag International CEO and Program Director David Baggs says: “the torch light has already been turned on – and it’s really time to do something about understanding the Act and its expectations, fully.”

David is to take a platform later this month in Sydney by invitation from leaders of the Design Futures Council  (DFC) and DesignIntelligence Australia to help bring the realities of the Act forward at a public function.  The event on August 21st  – Sustainable Supply Chains – Fighting Modern Slavery will deal directly with what Modern Slavery legislation means for the business community and especially the built environment sector that is the dominant dealer in the global supply chain.

David will join lead speaker Scott Alden, Partner and procurement expert with law firm Holding Redlich, Sally Irwin, Managing Director of The Freedom Hub and Alexia Lidas, Managing Director of the Design Futures Council and a board member of the Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) to examine the modernisation of the supply chain, covering:

  • What modern slavery is
  • Modern Slavery in Australia – it exists
  • An overview of the legislation
  • Predictions on the implications for future contracting
  • What material and products have had modern slavery traced in the supply chain?
  • How to get verified?

As an early responder to the Modern Slavery Act – Global GreenTag 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.  The company moved quickly to bring the successful Ethical Labour Sourcing tool designed by BRE in the UK to develop a new company assessment tool for Australia that will serve all kinds of businesses to help eliminate possibilities of trafficking or slavery in product supply chains and aid tracking and reporting.

“It is already something Global GreenTag has done at a product level – but now we can support companies, verifiers and the industry in general to engage with the new legislation in as cost efficient a manner possible,” says David.

Alexia Lidas from DFC says “an out of sight, out of mind mentality to the legislation is no longer an option … we have a moral obligation to ensure we are not unconsciously supporting modern slavery.” Plus, she adds, companies need to do a closer reading of the legislation because it won’t only be targeting companies making $50 million plus revenue to provide Modern Slavery Statements, this is a misconception.

“The legislation has been designed so that the mandated formal reporting is undertaken by entities that can carry the burden of additional admin, and are assumedly procuring larger amounts, making them the best focus area. However, they can be penalised for the activity of firms within their supply chain- meaning that although their immediate practices could be squeaky clean, if they have purchased from a firm which has modern slavery in their supply chain- they can be penalised. This domino effect means that each firm has a part to play in ensuring that the supply chain is free of modern slavery – irrespective of their turn-over.”

Procurement expert, Scott Alden, Partner at Holding Redlich also predicts how this might play out in future contracts, adding:

“This will become an increasingly common feature of commercial contracts requiring parties to monitor and address risks of modern slavery in their supply chains.  With penalties of over $1 million dollars for non-compliance with these new laws, we can expect to see specific indemnities where one party causes another to suffer a fine in relation to its Modern Slavery Statement”.

Global GreenTag’s development of the BRE Ethical Labour Sourcing (ELS) Standard will enable Australian companies to engage more confidently with the Modern Slavery legislation, using the Standard to self-assess or to submit to a more robust level using a third party verification process, which GreenTag will assess to provide assurance of their responsible and ethical business practices and provide a maturity pathway for continuous improvement.

The Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard specifies the requirements for organisational management to demonstrate an on-going commitment to the principles of ethical labour sourcing as part of a holistic framework. The framework comprises criteria for evaluating the maturity of the performance of the organisation under twelve issues. The overall verification is not based on an aggregation of the levels of maturity in these issues, but is based on a commitment to improve through an agreed set of objectives.

If you would like to attend this event and find out more, please register HERE

 

Sustainable Supply Chains -Fighting Modern Slavery

DATE:

Tue. 21 August 2018

TIME:

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm AEST

LOCATION

Holding Redlich, 65/19 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000

 

The Design Futures Council (DFC) is a DesignIntelligence gathering of development, architecture, design, engineering, construction, product, and technology leaders who explore global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of architecture, engineering, construction (A/E/C) and design. Each year the DFC convenes summits on issues of strategic importance to leaders: technology and applied innovation, collaboration, education and talent, sustainability, and the business of design.

The DFC is committed to supporting the A/E/C community by providing information and understanding of trends and future issues. The Council creates context in which leaders from member firms can work with one another—as well as leading thinkers from outside industries—to tackle complex challenges and opportunities in A/E/C.

 

Website

https://designfuturescouncil.com/

Global GreenTag International Partners with BRE to roll out Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard for Australia

Global GreenTag International is moving quickly to help activate Australia’s first ever Modern Slavery Act with the development of a new company assessment tool for Australia that will help to eliminate possibilities of trafficking or slavery in product supply chains and aid tracking and reporting.

In partnership with BRE, the UK based, international, multi-disciplinary building science centre, Global GreenTag International is developing a localised version of BRE’s pioneering Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard (ELS) and associated product assessment process – ahead of the anticipated enactment of the Commonwealth of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act and in light of the enactment of the New South Wales Government’s Modern Slavery Act 2018.

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director for Global GreenTag said, “Global GreenTag is partnering with BRE to bring a mature ELS tool to Australia at a time when Modern Slavery legislation has been enacted in NSW and is likely to be introduced federally later this year or next year. We have been engaging with BRE from the time that we formally supported the Australian Human Rights Commission’s call for Modern Slavery legislation in late 2017. It is already something Global GreenTag does at a product level and we want to be able to support companies, verifiers and the industry in general to engage with the new legislation in as cost efficient a manner possible. This collaboration will certainly do that.”

Nigel Jones, Team Leader – Sustainable Products at BRE said “The Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard for Australia will enable any organisation to demonstrate to customers, partners and other stakeholders, their commitment to eliminating any possibility of trafficking or slavery in their supply chain. It will enable companies to go beyond compliance with the outlined reporting requirements of the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 which was introduced to the Australian Parliament at the end of June”.

The Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard has been created to recognise those who wish to seek third party assurance of their responsible and ethical business practices and provide a maturity pathway for continuous improvement.

The Standard specifies the requirements for organisational management to demonstrate an on-going commitment to the principles of ethical labour sourcing as part of a holistic framework. The framework comprises criteria for evaluating the maturity of the performance of the organisation under twelve issues. The overall verification is not based on an aggregation of the levels of maturity in these issues, but is based on a commitment to improve through an agreed set of objectives.

Participation in the standard can be achieved through self-assessment or to a more robust level using third party verification through the easy-to-use online ELS platform.

David Baggs (left) signs agreements with Shamir Ghumra, Director of BREEAM and Sustainable Products at BRE in the UK last month – to develop the Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard (ELS) for Australia and for the Licence to enable BRE to deliver the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ program for construction products in the UK and Western Europe.

 

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 and Taiwan and Malaysia. 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).

For further information, about Global GreenTag, or to organise an interview with David Baggs, please contact Debra Robertson by email: marketing@globalgreentag.com or by phone: 1300 263 586 or mobile: 0412 589 588

www.globalgreentag.com  www.globalgreentag.co.za www.globalgreentag.cn

BRE Building a better world together is an international, multi-disciplinary, building science centre with a mission to improve buildings through research and knowledge generation. We are owned by a charity called the BRE Trust, which is the largest single funder of education and research for the built environment. We use our cutting edge collaborative research to develop a range of digital products, services, standards and qualifications that are adopted around the world to bring about positive change in the built environment. www.bregroup.com

For further information about BRE, please contact Linda McKeown email linda.mckeown@bre.co.uk

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Global GreenTag International Awards Product Health Declaration License to BRE for UK and Western Europe Construction Products

BRE – the UK based, international, multi-disciplinary building science centre – has launched a new service with the licence to now deliver the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ program for construction products in the UK and Western Europe.

Global GreenTag’s PhD™ is a world first material health & ingredient transparency reporting service for green building and interiors products.

The Global GreenTag PhD assessment and reporting process delivers easily understood information relating to the entire life cycle of a construction product so that specifiers can confidently make informed materials and product selections.

According to Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director, David Baggs “GreenTag PhDs use world’s best practice chemical hazards research (including from the EU REACH and Globally Harmonised Systems), risk assessment and audit processes, all peer reviewed by Consultant Toxicologist, to determine and transparently report the health impacts of products (if any) on both workers and end users.”

Nigel Jones, Team Leader – Sustainable Products at BRE said ‘This is a unique tool the industry can use to drive forward the healthy and high performance buildings agenda for the benefit of people – we are pleased to provide this service to our customers ’.

The new Global GreenTag PhD service complements BRE’s international capabilities with services that are recognised in the International WELL™ Building Standard (WELL) Standard and compliant with credit requirements in the LEED® v4.0 rating tool globally with key roles in ingredient hazard assessment and enabling of product health optimisation.

In addition to the simple reporting format, Global GreenTag PhDs also provide the product with a HeathRATE™ rating of the product with graphic Tags showing the BronzeHEALTH™, SilverHEALTH™, GoldHEALTH™ and PlatinumHEALTH™ rating outcomes, for one-glance understanding of ‘in use’ product health.

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 and Taiwan and Malaysia. 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).

For further information, about Global GreenTag, or to organise an interview with David Baggs, please contact Debra Robertson by email: marketing@globalgreentag.com or by phone: 1300 263 586 or mobile: 0412 589 588

www.globalgreentag.com  www.globalgreentag.co.za  www.globalgreentag.cn

BRE Building http://www.globalgreentag.@Globalco.zaa better world together is an international, multi-disciplinary, building science centre with a mission to improve buildings through research and knowledge generation. We are owned by a charity called the BRE Trust, which is the largest single funder of education and research for the built environment. We use our cutting edge collaborative research to develop a range of digital products, services, standards and qualifications that are adopted around the world to bring about positive change in the built environment. www.bregroup.com

For further information about BRE, please contact Linda McKeown email linda.mckeown@bre.co.uk

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INVITATION for EXPRESSIONS of INTEREST: GLOBAL GREENTAG INTERNATIONAL SALES & MARKETING LICENSEES

Global GreenTag International is a globally recognised product certification, ecolabel and world first LCA based product rating scheme currently certifying nearly 2000 products for approximately 200 local and global companies with factories in over 22 countries.

The Global GreenTag Certification scheme also delivers a unique Product Health Declaration (PhD) that rates the healthiness of products in use with a HealthRATE Mark and also an EN 15804 compliant Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program that derives a CarbonRATE Mark.

Global GreenTag’s Certificates, PhDs and EPDs are recognised with in major international green building, interior, infrastructure and design, as-built and performance rating tools including THE International WELL™ Building Standard (WELL), Green Star®, BREEAM International, Green Mark International, Infrastructure Sustainability rating tool and several country based programs including LOTUS (Vietnam) and MyHIJAU (Malaysia). GreenTag EPDs and PhDs are also LEED v4.0 compliant.

With Headquarters in Australia, Global GreenTag International has wholly owned companies in South Africa and Malaysia, Licensee sales and marketing operations in China, and a pending PhD only Licensee in UK and EU.

Global GreenTag is  currently seeking Expressions of Interest from parties as Sales and Marketing Licensees for other key Territories and potential manufacturer technical (data acquisition) consulting services including:

  • USA;
  • Canada
  • MENA
  • India
  • UK; and
  • EU

If you are a company with an established track record in green building and infrastructure sector sales capability and networks with interest in representing a new product certification entrant into the above markets but with an established market presence and unique product offerings, please contact David Baggs at ceo@globalgreentag.com

More about Global GreenTag International

Global GreenTag International simplifies the selection of sustainable products for the green building, interiors and infrastructure sectors, using Global GreenTagCertTM  one of the most scientifically advanced certification systems and standards in the world.

The Global GreenTag certification process assesses and ranks products through leading Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) based product ecolabelling, rating, Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Product Health Declaration (PhD) programs.

In fact, Global GreenTagCertTM was the first certification standard in the world to implement unique ‘Beyond LCA’ life cycle product assessment (LCA), a first ever ‘Net Positive’ benefit analysis, and more recently also HealthRATE, CarbonRATE Marks togther with Best Environmental Practice PVC assessments to deepen the certification and rating of green building, interiors, infrastructure, personal, cleaning and consumables products for both B2B and B2C sectors.

Subsequently, Global GreenTag certification has become one of the most trusted marks behind some of world’s most iconic brands who are all working to reverse their manufacturing impacts on the environment and human health. Brands including Interface, Polyflor, Mohawk, Karndean, Herman Miller, Knauf, Kingspan, AMF, Armstrong, Tarkett, Vertilux, Verosol, DuPont, CSR, Boral USG, Herman Miller, Porcelanosa, and many more.

Global GreenTag International continuously extends boundaries of product certification as an externally certified ISO 9001 organisation, ISO 17065 compliant conformance assessment body and ISO 14024 compliant ecolabelling program.

Its Global GreenTagCertTM  certification standard is also recognised by leading green building programs – Green Star® NZ, Australia and Africa, WELLTM  Building Standard, Vietnam Green building Council’s LOTUS® tool, ‘IS’ (Infrastructure, Sustainability, Australia and NZ), Malaysia’s MyHIJAU labelling program, EnviroDevelopment™ and compliant with relevant USBGC LEED v4 Materials credits.

Global GreenTag has also attracted many industry awards that recognise its contribution to green product certification. These include the UK BUILD Magazine Innovators in Production – Australia Award in 2017. In 2015 and 2016, Australia’s ‘Architecture and Design’ and ‘Infolink’ readers voted Global GreenTag as one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Trusted Brands and in 2016-2017, it became the only ecolabel in Australia to feature in the Top 100 most trusted brands. A total of 23 companies and brands ie 23% of the Top 100 Most Trusted Brands in Australia certified or under certification with Global GreenTag International– also won positions in the 2016-17 readers’ readers’ poll, including first place overall for GreenTag manufacturer –Weathertex.

In 2013 Global GreenTag was honoured to receive, the construction sector Banksia Award, Australia’s Premier Sustainability awards.

Global GreenTagCertTM operates under the following international standards

  • Externally certified to ISO 9001 for Quality Management
  • Externally verified as compliant to:
  • ISO 14024 for Type 1 (Third Party) Ecolabels and
  • ISO 17065 for Conformance Assessment Bodies
  • Certification is compliant to ISO 14040 & ISO 14044 for LCA
  • ISO 14067 for Greenhouse Gas calculation
  • ISO 14025 for Environmental Product Declarations and
  • ISO 21930 and EN 15804 for specific need EPDs
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), US Trade Marks & Patents Office, Canadian IP Office Approved Certification Mark, Trade Marks Madrid Protocol and EU Common Mark Registered.

See also: www.globalgreentag.com, www.globalgreentag.cn, www.globalgreentag.co.za 

Arguing for Building Compliance and User Safety

Global GreenTag International is heading a panel at Total Facilities 2018 that will open discussion about the complexities and growing challenges of building compliance in Australia.  User safety will be a central issue.

David Baggs, GreenTag’s CEO and Technical Director, has been invited to lead and facilitate the panel conversation, which will also include Dean Homicki, Universal Access Manager for the audit and maintenance planning firm, Staebl; Craig Humphries, Head of Operations  for building consultants, Hendry Group and Nigel Dalton-Brown, Managing Director of the compliance administration firm, Strytex.

“It should be an interesting discussion,” says David Baggs.

“Unfortunately, there are still situations of operators who are cutting corners in the industry at the expense of user health and safety.  Global GreenTag is looking forward to engaging with this stellar panel. We certainly want to know more from their perspectives how we can elevate and prioritise the use of certified products in projects. History has already told us that often the decision of product selection lies at the centre of many unsafe and unhealthy building issues.”

Total Facilities event organiser, Andrew Lawson, approached David earlier this year to head up the panel as a response to the practice of cutting corners in the Australian building industry and the lack of monitoring of compliance, which puts building occupiers at risk.

David will engage panelists to explore together how a Facility Manager can mitigate against such practices and to what extent they should understand all the regulations and how much they should depend on their professional advisers.  He will also ask the panel to consider whether Australian and International Standards are the solution?

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New Rating Tool Search Function Allows Rapid Product Identification

Global GreenTag has activated a new search function on all of its websites to stimulate the building industry to look even more closely at Global GreenTag’s rating tool enabled certified products.  It is a move that will greatly assist architects, designers and product specifiers to quickly locate GreenTag certified products that contribute towards satisfying Features and Credits under the WELL Building Standard® Rating equivalencies as well as credits for Green Star® … The ‘IS’ Infrastructure Sustainability rating tool and LEED with more  product connections and other building programs to follow progressively.

Recognition of Global GreenTag Cert TM by the WELL Building Program™ which comes under the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) has also gone one step further with our ‘Equivalency’ recognition under the Alternative Compliance pathways present now on the WELL website and WELL mobile APP.

It has been a busy period for our assessment team since theWELL recognition of GreenTag certification took effect in January, reports GreenTag’s CEO and Technical Director, David Baggs.  “We are pleased to announce that the first three Global GreenTag certified products to roll out with contributions towards Features under the WELL Building Standard® included in their Certification are Storage Lockers by InterLoc Lockers,   METALWORKS® Ceilings & Walls by Armstrong World Industries Ceiling Division and Office Worktops by EM UTick.

“Alongside GreenTag’s primary job of certifying products, we are committed to creating strategic opportunities for manufacturers who want to leverage their GreenTag certification deeper and further into the sustainable building industry.””

In addition to WELL, the building rating tool browser function installed on GreenTag’s websites allows for site visitors to drill down for products that also align with:

  • Green Star® Australia – GBCA,
  • LEED v4 – USGBC,
  • IS Rating – ISCA and,
  • Green Star® Africa – GBCSA.

Aligning Products For WELL Building Projects

“With its core deliverable of health, WELL is a significant player globally for our manufacturers who have the right Global GreenTag certification to step into,” says David.

“According to figures on the International WELL Building Institute website, there’s over 600 projects registered worldwide under the WELL program and some 13 projects registered throughout Australia.”

Manufacturers with potential products ready for WELL under the Global GreenTag certification system will need to align under the following:

  • Under WELL Feature 04, products only need to be certified under Global GreenTag International Standard v.4.0;
  • Under WELL Features 09,11, 25, 26, 41 and 97 products must also qualify under Global GreenTag’s health transparency tool, the Product Health DeclarationTM (PhDTM );
  • To be awarded a Global GreenTag PhD, products first need to be certified under the Global GreenTag International Standard v.4.0 (and additional fees or charges may be required to upgrade products that are currently certified under Version 3.2 of the standard).

Manufacturers who would like to discuss their options to secure a PhD, or to upgrade their certification to Standard v.4.0, are invited to email Brett Hazlett: manufacturers@globalgreentag.com

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