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Standards & Compliance Briefing: R2 Relists Intercon, BS 8901, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, Green Seal, LEED

E-waste certifier R2 Solutions has relisted e-waste recycler Intercon Solutions Inc. in its membership directory after two successful audits from accredited certification bodies. The organization voted to delist the company in 2011 based on accusations from BAN – the administrators of the e-Stewards recycling certification – that Intercon was improperly sending hazardous waste overseas, Waste & Recycling News said. Intercon sued BAN over the allegations.

Events management company The Arena Group said that it has been certified with ISO 14001 and BS 8901 – the British events industry sustainability standard, which reviews economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress. AJA registrars provided external and formal certification for both certificates.

Luminous Power Technologies has earned ISO 50001 – the first for any production facility in the battery industry – from BSI Management Systems, for its batteries with flat and tubular plates for domestic and industrial requirements, The Hindu Business Line said.

German PV system and service provider IBC Solar AG said that it has received ISO 9001 for quality management, ISO 14001 for environmental management, and OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety, audited by TÜV Rheinland. The company said it has already received design and safety certifications IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 for its products.

The Songdo International Business District in Incheon, South Korea, has achieved 13.7 million square feet of LEED-certified space. The 1,500 acre development zone includes nine projects such as a residential tower, Korea’s first LEED-certified school, and the country’s first LEED-certified hotel, the Sheraton Incheon. Gale International, a New York-based international real estate investment and development company, and POSCO E&C of Korea are backers of the venture, A to Z Build said.

The 17-story, 1,235-room Hilton Los Angeles Airport and Towers has received Green Seal’s Bronze certification under the GS-33 standard for lodging properties. The Hilton LAX is part of the Gateway to L.A. business improvement district, which has five major Green Seal-certified hotel properties. The portfolio includes Radisson LAX, Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, and Crowne Plaza LAX, for a total inventory of 4,000 guestrooms, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board said.

National Office Furniture said that its casegoods and tables manufacturing facility in Santa Claus, Ind., has been awarded LEED EB: O&M Silver to become the manufacturer’s seventh facility to earn a LEED green building rating. Aspects of facility upgrade included the use of 82 percent recycled content in furniture components, diversion of 90 percent of construction waste from the renovation project, increased recycling areas at workstations and shared areas, and a green cleaning policy. The facility also is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and FSC Chain of Custody certified.

Home products retailer Fixtures Living has earned LEED Silver certification for its 25,000-sq.-ft. Costa Mesa, Calif., showroom. The features of the store include a 30 percent reduction in water use and a 30 percent increase in ventilation, and the store was constructed with materials that reduce emissions and energy consumption, the company said.

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