Green Globes standard attains ANSI consensus designation

Sources: Green Building Initiative, Portland, Ore.; CP staff

The Green Building Initiative’s new Green Globes Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings version, revised with content on resilience and life cycle cost analysis, has been approved as a American National Standards Institute consensus standard. GBI President Vicki Worden attributes the designation to “more than 230 public meetings to deliberate the latest science and research, baselines, and market advancements since the last update.”

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Green Code authors eye adoption speed, standardization ease

The U.S. Green Building Council, International Code Council and ASHRAE have released the 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC), citing its potential to help state or local governments streamline code development, adoption and enforcement. The groups also envision improved industry standardization by integrating two previously separate guidance documents: ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES 189.1 – Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings and the ICC International Green Construction Code.

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Life Cycle Factors Gain in ISO 14001:2015

A new version of a global standard behind 300,000 certifications annually, including parties developing Product Category Rules (PCR) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) backing green building rating measures, places increased emphasis on life-cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service, cradle to grave. Released last month from Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems likewise addresses users’ recognition of the need to factor both external and internal elements that influence their impact, including climate volatility, plus proactive initiatives for greater environmental protection.

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Major auditor NSF attains accreditation for PCR development, EPD verification

Global public health organization NSF International, Ann Arbor, Mich., is among the first organizations to be recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a program operator for product category rules (PCR) development and environmental product declarations (EPD) verification. As a PCR and EPD program operator, NSF International will help meet growing demand for standardization of science-based environmental data, reporting and verification.

 
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ASHRAE, USGBC revise green building benchmark, Standard 189.1

Sources: ASHRAE, Atlanta; CP staff

New requirements to further reduce energy and environmental impacts in buildings’ construction and operating phases—vehicles’ jobsite idle time and long-term stormwater management guidelines among them—are detailed in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council and Illuminating Engineering Society.

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Customized safety gear

Honeywell enables customers and distributors to fully customize hard hats from the complete Fibre-Metal and North brand offerings.

A Web-based application (www.honeywellsafety.com/myhardhats) enables customers and distributors to fully customize hard hats from the complete Fibre-Metal and North brand offerings. In four steps, visitors can create their signature look by selecting a hat style, color, suspension and graphic. A customer service team supports the application by answering questions and fulfilling orders.

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Crane operator group expands certifications at NPCA urging

From the National Precast Concrete Association … The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) will develop two boom truck-specific certifications in response to requests from stakeholder groups. NCCCO envisions a certification subtype addressing the vehicles’ unique characteristics based on recommendations from a working group that included NPCA producer members and technical staff, plus other industry representatives.

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