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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Global GreenTag’s Product Certification data, EPDs and PhDs to connect into the Origin Data Hub.

May 23, 2018, Australia – By enabling connected data exchange between Global GreenTag’s Certified Product database and GIGA’s innovative product data hub, Origin, a wide range of product certification data, Product Health Declarations (PhDs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) will be made available to all users of Origin globally.

GreenTag certified products are relevant to all project teams who pursue the WELL® Building Standard, LEED®, Green Star®, RESET™ and other green project rating tools.  By connecting GreenTag data to Origin, manufacturers will also be able to submit products directly to the mindful MATERIALS Library. Through connected data exchange, manufacturers’ Certification, PhD and EPD information and documentation will remain current, ensuring consistency and data correctness, delivered directly to the desks of green project professionals needing independently qualified product data.

“We are excited about what GIGA is delivering for built environment sector.  Origin seamlessly connects certified product data to A&D and contractors, providing the information projects need to deliver their green rating tool and other sustainability outcomes.  The ‘live’ data connectivity, workflow efficiency and direct exposure for manufacturers to project A&D teams that ORIGIN creates is unparalleled in the history of the industry and Global GreenTag is already running to deliver these connectivity benefits for our certified product clients and loyal A&D teams.”

David Baggs, GreenTag Program Director – CEO

GIGA’s Cloud Platform, Origin is a free international data hub which enables material and product data exchange between manufacturers, auditors, A+D teams and industry initiatives like the mindful MATERIALS Library.  A key aim of the GIGA and GlobalGreen Tag partnership is to create a more effective pathway for Manufacturers to generate ROI for their certified products.  When multiple product certification data can be sourced and managed in a single location, it is a win for the entire industry.

“I liken developing a partnership with Global GreenTag to building international product bridges via Origin.  Global GreenTag’s certifications will now be more easily accessible to the entire international construction industry.  Global manufacturers and project teams will greatly benefit from the increased certification exposure and the ease of data access to relevant product information when considering design decisions.  This latest Origin connected data integration is another step towards providing the building industry with the broadest, agnostic set of freely available certification data.”

Rebecca Best, GIGA – Chief Marketing Officer

About Global GreenTag International

Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd operates the Global GreenTag certification program, an internationally recognized, 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 (Africa), Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. Global GreenTag is one of the Australian built environment sector’s Top 100 Most Trusted Brands and the only green building sector Certification Mark approved by the Australian Government regulator the ACCC.

The Global GreenTag Certification program, is internationally recognized, with formal recognition in WELL™, BREEAM International, Green Star®, LOTUS®, MyHIJAU and GreenMark Internationaland compliant with credit requirements in LEED® (PhDs and EPDs), and BREEAM® (EPDs).

Search filters will also be accessible on Origin and are already available within Global GreenTag’s CERTIFIED PRODUCTS website enabling design teams to easily identify materials that are recognized to qualify for the key product related WELL Features and may qualify for LEED v4+ Material Ingredients & EPD credits.

For more information, contact: David Baggs ceo@globalgreentag.com | www.globalgreentag.com

About GIGA

GIGA is an independent third party which combines the development of building standards with cloud software. GIGA’s software tools provide free access to transparent, open data to support performance-driven, regenerative buildings.

For more information, contact: Rebecca Best | r.best@giga.build | www.origin.build

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Australian Modern Slavery Act – Global GreenTag Pledges Support

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A coalition of organisations, including Global GreenTag, has released a Statement of Support for the development of legislation to combat Modern Slavery.

According to the Global Slavery Index, modern slavery is a significant global human rights issue with an estimated 40 million people living in some form of modern slavery around the world, including human trafficking, servitude, child labour, sex trafficking, forced labour and debt bondage.

Australia is not immune with an estimated 4,300 people living under modern slavery conditions.

The Australian Government, through a joint-standing committee is investigating legislation to combat Modern Slavery with the intention of introducing legislation that will make it a requirement for large companies to investigate and report on modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.

It is an important initiative that every company should get behind, says David Baggs, CEO of Global GreenTag.

“We have vested ethical interest as a highly transparent, product certification label. Just as we are driven to protect and preserve the environment and earth’s natural systems and resources, Global GreenTag is also committed as part of its certification standard to assess protection policies and measures for the protection of people who both work with or who are affected by manufacturing processes and all along the product supply chain. We are very pleased to support for the establishment of a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.”

Edward Santow, the Human Rights Commissioner says the Statement of Support is intended to assist the reform processes and provide guiding principles; including transparency, accountability, victim support and leadership. He says:

“This Statement is significant because it brings together a diverse group of leaders from the Australian business community, civil society, the religious community and academia.

“As leaders, we support a unified approach in addressing modern slavery. This is the only way that real change can take place.”

The Statement of Support was released at the end of October and says a Modern Slavery Act should be aligned with and reinforce the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

It says clear guidance and support should be provided for organisations that find modern slavery in their operations or supply chains. It says there should be access to appropriate information, remedies and support for victims.

The Signatories of the Statement of Support for an Australian Modern Slavery Act are:

Anti-Slavery Australia UTS
Ausbil
Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans
Australian Human Rights Commission
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
Global Green Tag
Green Building Council Australia
Supply Chain Sustainability School
Uniting Church in Australia – Synod of Victoria & Tasmania
The Freedom Partnership
UNSW Law & Australian Human Rights Institute
WEstjustice

For More information, Download

2017 Statement of Support for Australian Modern Slavery Act

2017 Statement of Support for an Australian Modern Slavery Act

 

Global GreenTag Delivering Papers at SETAC in Brussels

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

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

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

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

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

                      

Driving ‘Beyond LCA’ Metrics for Net Positive Cities

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

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

Positive LCA Factoring Planetary Boundaries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The paper found:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

David is also presenting two other seminars at Sustainability Week.

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

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

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