Life cycle factors gain in revised benchmark environmental standard

Sources: International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva; CP staff

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. 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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Agriculture Secretary announces $3M in Tall Wood Building grants

Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture; CP staff

In partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition winning teams: 130-134 Holdings LLC, for the proposed 475 West 18th residential condominium in New York City, incorporating extensive use of wood structural elements throughout 10 stories; and, The Framework Project LLC, proposing a 12-story namesake tower in Portland, Ore., constructed primarily of cross-laminated timber and comprising affordable housing, community and commercial space.

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