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Helping architects, designers, and specifiers understand product certification

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keeping Your Information Private While Going Transparent

As a rigorous certification body, Global GreenTag is fully compliant with international standards of organisation to protect the information of manufacturers who make the decision to have their progressive product and manufacturing processes assessed, rated and certified.

Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd and its related country licensed companies are committed to providing quality services to manufacturers and  maintaining strict systems to safeguarding all information provided, says Shloka Ashar, Lead Assessor with the Global GreenTag Certification Team, and this includes a Privacy Policy that is in place also to protect the personal information that Global GreenTag obtains via its website and newsletter subscription services but also as required by manufacturers and sales or consulting associates who are engaged within or around the Global GreenTag certification program.

Global GreenTag adopts National Privacy Principles, which are contained in the Privacy Act 1988. These principles govern the way in which all Global GreenTag staff, including the assessment team employ to collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose of Personal Information.  The information is primarily used to provide services, updated information and relevant news that may be of interest.

“We run a very tight ship at GreenTag,” says Shloka. “We take our responsibility to both assess and rate products, to protect sensitive industrial information and also personal information very seriously.  As a certification body, we must uphold standards constantly.”

Global GreenTag Program Director and CEO David Baggs adds to this, “Manufacturers that submit confidential data for assessment and individuals providing contact details can be assured their IP and information is safe with Global GreenTag. We retain data storage off site in one of the most digitally secure IT environments on the planet. Data is fully ‘next level’ encrypted and secure from the moment of inception, during transfer and while stored, meaning data is most likely safer on our servers than on yours’,” he said.