ISO publishes guidance on environmental management system implementation

Sources: International Organization for Standardization, Geneva; CP staff

The newly revised ISO 14004:2016, Environmental management systems – General guidelines on implementation, is a companion to the ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental management systems, a benchmark reference for life cycle assessments underpinning Product Category Rules and Environmental Product Declarations surfacing across the construction materials and products landscape.

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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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ISO Technical Standard Defines Green Heavy/Civil Parameters

27 ISO 150

The new ISO/TS 21929-2, “Sustainability in building construction—Sustainability indicators—Part 2: Framework for the development of indicators for civil engineering works,” establishes core impacts for assessing sustainability performance in new or existing non-building construction, factoring design, construction, operation, maintenance, refurbishment, and end of service life. The standard is the latest green construction related effort from International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, whose reporting and documentation guidelines back product category rules and environmental product declarations emanating from cement, concrete and other heavy building material interests.

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