Global testing and certification provider TÜV Rheinland has partnered with the international standards organization GIGA (Global Innovations Green Algorithms) in a new initiative to help construction designers and engineers build more sustainable buildings. Under a partnership announced last month at the 2017 Greenbuild in Boston, some content from TÜV Rheinland’s global Certipedia certificate database will feed into GIGA’s online material data hub, Origin, which highlights certified, environment-friendly building materials and products.
“Certipedia was specifically designed to be a user-friendly, online reference for certification, placing all available information referring to product and testing criteria in one place,” says TUV Rheiland Executive Vice President, Products Holger Kunz. “Combining Certipedia with GIGA’s extensive, collaborative material data hub will transform the ease and speed with which designers can create superior, sustainable building designs that will deliver results for years, and decades, to come.”
TÜV Rheinland’s Certipedia database will be integrated into Origin’s infrastructure. Suppliers and industry participants will be notified in advance of the public software release to allow time to prepare and understand the integration process and its benefits.
“Origin is the world’s largest data integration hub for building products. By placing priority on transparency and reliability of data, Origin integrates product certifications directly from the world’s leading certifiers, combines it with supplier data, and connects it to building industry professionals globally,” explains GIGA Chief Operating Office Ryan Dick. “Partnering with TÜV Rheinland brings in a greater volume of high quality product data from around the world, making it easier for engineers to design, build and operate green and healthy buildings.”
PCI BRINGS RESILIENCY COUNCIL SOUND BUILDING PERSPECTIVE
The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute is one of the newest members of the U.S. Resiliency Council (USRC), a national organization dedicated to improving rating systems that describe the sustainability and resiliency of buildings during earthquakes and other natural hazardous events. PCI Sustainability and Publications Director Emily Lorenz, P.E., will serve on USRC committees involved in developing building rating systems for blast and wind hazards.
|Roseville City Hall Annex PHOTO: Clark Pacific|
According to PCI CEO Bob Risser, increasing the profile of precast concrete construction in the resilient-community dialog through USCR committee participation is a natural next step in Institute members’ ongoing commitment to safe, durable, and sustainable building design and construction. “The recent [Gulf Coast] hurricanes intensified the spotlight on an issue that was already a major concern for community planners and leaders, owners, architects, engineers, and the public: the importance of resilient structures when it comes to resisting natural and man-made disasters and strengthening communities,” he says. “We hope PCI’s membership in USRC will provide an avenue for leveraging our staff’s and member companies’ deep technical expertise, and help drive the necessary standards and rating systems to ensure maximum life safety in future building design and construction.”
PCI producer member Clark Pacific recently delivered the four-story Roseville (Calif.) City Hall Annex, the first building to achieve platinum rating under the USCR rating system. The facility uses a Precast Hybrid Moment Frame, a technology by Clark Pacific that has the unique ability to self-right after a major seismic event. The highest USCR rating, platinum predicts the consequences of an earthquake on a building and projects the performance of the structure during the event, as well as the cost and time of structural recovery and repair.
USRC launched in late-2015 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to establish and implement a rating system for buildings withstanding natural hazards. It initially applies to earthquake performance, but Council members envision the system eventually addressing wind, flood and blast exposure.