Standards & Compliance Briefing: LEED 2012 Postponed, RGGI, WindMade, 2012 IECC, ISO 14001
USGBC announced that it will delay ballot on its rating system LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013, and run a fifth public comment period from October 2 until December 10, 2012. As a result , the council has renamed LEED 2012 to LEED v4. LEED 2009 also will remain available for registration for three years.
Nearly all – 206 of 211 – power plants subject to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative requirements met program compliance obligations, meaning entities hold one tradable CO2 allowance issued by a RGGI state for each short ton of CO2 emitted during the three-year period. Average annual CO2 emissions across the ten-state region from 2009-2011 were 126 million short tons, a 23 percent reduction compared to 2006-2008, RGGI said.
Danish hearing aid manufacturer Widex is the first company to receive the WindMade label – a new global consumer label for companies that use wind energy. The label requires that at least 25 percent of a company’s electricity comes from wind power, covered in this case by a wind turbine at the manufacturer’s global headquarters, the company said.
The Department of Energy has issued a final determination that the 2012 IECC would achieve greater energy efficiency in low-rise residential buildings than the previous editions of the IECC, and filed notice to update state residential building energy efficiency codes. All states have two years to adopt the 2012 IECC or upgrade their existing residential building codes to meet or exceed its requirements.
British mine action and risk management company MAT Mondial, based in Guernsey, British Channel Islands, has been certified to compliance to ISO 14001 environmental management, after an independent assessment conducted by the British Assessment Bureau, the company said.
IEEE said it is working to expand the IEEE 1547 series of interconnection standards in order to cover more energy generation systems such as photovoltaic, wind, and micro-turbines. The association has released the draft P1547.8 “Recommended Practice for Establishing Methods and Procedures that Provide Supplemental Support for Implementation Strategies for Expanded Use of IEEE Standard 1547.”
Eco Building Products said that it has successfully completed a series of studies for microbial contamination on the dry film surface of the Eco Red Shield and Eco Blue Shield series of coatings. Siva Microbiological Solutions conducted the testing according to industry standard mold test ASTM D3273 and fungal test ASTM D5590.
The Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative, a joint initiative of ANSI and NIST, will holds its next meeting on July 17 at ANSI headquarters in Washington, DC. The meeting, which is open is all interested US and international stakeholders, will focus on responding to current needs of nuclear industry and standards to ensure its growth and development, ANSI said.
UK-based manufacturer of steel office storage units Bisley Office Furniture has received certification for membership in FIRA’s Furniture Industry Sustainability Program joining 60 other furniture makers worldwide. An FISP audit reviews a company’s EMS, waste management, energy management, procurement, sustainable purchasing, transport management and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices, FIRA said.
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