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Standards & Compliance Briefing: EPA WaterSense, WWF Check Your Paper, LEED v4, R2

Rain Bird’s SST Weather-Based Smart Irrigation Controller has earned the EPA’s WaterSense label for verified water savings for lawn and garden use. The controller has a weather sensor with a built-in database of weather information for specific geographic areas, and is designed for use with an automatic irrigation system, the company said.

Scientific Certification Systems is now offering third party verification for companies that would like to have products listed in the World Wildlife Fund’s Check Your Paper program. The WWF program is an online database where corporate and government paper buyers can find products with the lowest environmental impacts, including ratings for forest management, the use of recycled fiber, greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and water pollution from mills, SCS said.

The American Sustainable Business Council issued a statement in support of the USGBC’s LEED v4 (formerly known as LEED 2012) standards, which include a proposed chemicals of concerns credit. The statement follows the American Chemistry Council’s criticism of the voluntary credit for avoiding chemicals in building materials.

U.S. Micro Corporation said that it has received its R2 certification for responsible recycling as well as ISO 14001 certification from Perry Johnson Registrars. The company earned both endorsements after undergoing an evaluation of its waste management practices, data security, employee health and safety, public health and the environment, and its chain of custody processes.

Tempe, Ariz.-based TUV Rheinland PTL is introducing new services to test the quality and safety of components, modules and solar energy systems. These include: application-specific testing of PV modules; testing criteria that are stricter than official standard mandates for IEC 61215 or IEC 61646; and continuous testing of the manufacturer’s production process and products. The company said it also has established a “Power Controlled” test seal.

Printed circuit boards producer AT&S Group said that it has successfully completed the re-certification audits for ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 at its Shanghai plant, making all its global locations updated for environmental management, occupational health and safety and quality management.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has opened its new Bay Area office building, a net-zero energy, LEED Platinum specified facility built by DPR Construction. Architecture firm EHDD designed the 50,000-sq.-ft. wood and steel structure. The project hopes to earn 95 LEED points, far above the 80-point minimum for platinum certification, the construction firm said.

The University of Iowa’s Information Technology Facility – a 43,000-sq.-ft. data center – has achieved LEED Platinum certification, the campus’ first building and one of just a few data centers in the world to reach platinum status. The facility is expected to achieve annual energy savings 71 percent above industry standards, writes the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Portland International Jetport in Portland, Maine, has earned LEED Gold certification for its $77 million expansion, including a 160,000-sq.-ft. terminal, security checkpoints and a sky bridge. The project includes the on-site installation of the state’s largest geothermal system, which is expected to offset fuel costs by $150,000 a year, writes World Interior Design Network.

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