BASF Construction Chemicals and Performance Materials divisions in North America can provide design and engineering professionals reports satisfying requirements for Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients, Option 1. The company’s Product Compliance Management Process was recently certified by a third-party organization, GreenCircle Certified LLC, to ensure independent authentication of environmental claims.
|MasterGlenium and other BASF Construction Chemicals or Performance Materials products populate the GreenCircle portal, accessible at www.greencirclecertified.com/database.|
The certification positions BASF as the largest provider of LEED v4 Manufacturer Inventory Reports, now available for chemical admixtures, concrete repair and protection systems, foam insulation systems, flooring systems, performance grouts, underground construction products, waterproofing and sealants, expansion control systems, and wall systems. The reports adhere to requirements of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, and are equivalent in LEED v4 to Health Product Declaration, Cradle to Cradle, Manufacturer Inventory Reports using GreenScreen benchmark evaluation, and Declare.
“We deliver transparent information about our products, and support the industry’s efforts to deliver healthy, sustainable solutions for the built environment,” says BASF Construction Chemicals Sustainability Analyst David Green. “This certification provides architects, designers and LEED project teams with the information needed to make educated decisions regarding the products they use in the design and execution of structures.”
“BASF is a first-mover in helping the sustainable construction industry contribute to earning points within the updated, more rigorous, LEED v4 standard,” adds GreenCircle Vice President, Certification Services Annie Bevan. “As the largest chemical producer in the world, they have set the bar for clarity and integrity in the industry.”
GreenCircle verified that the BASF Product Compliance Management System assesses the hazards of all the ingredients that make up a product, and utilized the results to certify that the Manufacturer Inventory Reports meet the LEED v4 Material Ingredient, Option 1 requirements.
PORTAL USHERS ERA OF GREEN BUILDING, COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKING
A new technology company will host a digital platform allowing any project or property expanse—from individual building to entire city—to measure improvements aligned with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, and benchmark against itself and neighboring certified projects or property groupings. Arc Skoru Inc. will support goals of LEED-administering Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and parent U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Existing buildings that have not been certified can use Arc to make incremental sustainability improvements to eventually achieve LEED certification. “Arc allows buildings, communities and cities to compare their performance against peers and also connect to vetted green building strategies,” says Arc CEO Scot Horst, who has transitioned to the technology venture after overseeing USGBC’s LEED rating system since 2005. “Over the last two decades, LEED certification has become a symbol of leadership, signifying that a project is saving energy, resources and water, and is healthier for occupants and the community. A LEED building has become the mark of high quality. Now through the Arc platform, all buildings can improve and work toward LEED certification.”
“GBCI developed Arc as a way to provide new and more transparent ways to share information,” adds USGBC CEO Mahesh Ramanujam, who credits Horst with guiding the rating system through LEED 2009 and v4 versions, plus spearheading the LEED Dynamic Plaque, designed to tie ongoing building performance to initial certification.
The green building movement, more than ever before, relies on technology and data, and the future focus will be on project performance, Council officials note. Arc represents what they see as a new era for green building, taking “LEED to the next level through the shared use of technology, feedback and recognition of excellence.”
Arc is a simple platform for all projects, even those not pursuing certification, so that all buildings can measure performance and make incremental improvements. It will eventually include other green building rating systems, standards protocols and guidelines. Arc encourages innovation, enabling informed decisions on building design, operations and maintenance.
Existing buildings can use Arc to earn LEED Operations + Maintenance certification and precertification using the O+M performance path. Projects that are currently pursuing and planning to register for the LEED for Existing Buildings standard path can use Arc for performance data reporting. Cities, communities and districts can use it to start tracking data and earn pre-certification.
All registered and previously certified LEED projects have access to Arc to keep their certification up to date. Project leads can also use Arc for performance data tracking and reporting as per the initial requirements in LEED for data sharing. Projects previously using the LEED Dynamic Plaque will be included in Arc. The O+M performance path was approved by the LEED Steering Committee in January 2016 and the LEED for Cities Pilot was approved in October 2016. LEED for Cities will be submitted for USGBC member approval following input from pilot users.
Arc will continue to add rating systems to the platform, which provides an entry point for all buildings with the goal of eventually certifying them to LEED or to other GBCI rating systems. As GBCI adds new rating systems, the introduction of Arc makes the certification process as streamlined as possible for the end user. Projects pursuing certification under more than one rating system will realize efficiencies in places where the rating systems share the same or similar requirements.