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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Carbon Trust, ICC G4-2012, IEC 62716, LEED

Toyota GB is one of only seven businesses in the UK automotive sector to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard after its recent recertification. Toyota has reduced CO2 emissions by more than 10 percent in two years. The recertification assessment included a review of emission sources including power usage, business mileage and travel, and fugitive emissions, writes 3D Car Shows.

The International Code Council has released its ICC G4-2012 Guideline for Commissioning, a tool for compliance and design communities to map a building commissioning process in accordance with the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and International Energy Conservation Code. The guideline supports the adoption and application of the IgCC, ASHRAE 189.1 and ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard, as well as regional green building codes such as CALGreen, the ICC said.

Canadian Solar has achieved the highest ratings possible in two standard tests for ammonia (NH3) resistance of solar modules. TUV Rheinland certified several modules to the IEC 62716 draft C ammonia corrosion test, and the modules also passed the DLG NH3 resistance test, which simulates a 20-year lifetime. The tests included power loss, visual inspection and insulation resistance, the solar company said.

Odisha Hydro Power Corporation in India has earned ISO 14001, ISO 9001, and OHSAS 18001 certification. The certificates indicates that OHPC effectively developed and followed its Quality Management System and quality procedures, the Orissa Diary reports.

United Kingdom-based Auto Windscreens has earned ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, following an audit conducted by the British Standards Institution. The company said its EMS monitors the energy consumption and use of natural resources for each department according to geographical area, writes Glass Bytes.

The 410-bed North Hall on the campus of Framingham State University in Massachusetts has earned LEED Gold certification for new buildings. The residence hall features ultra-high-efficiency boilers, a geothermal heat pump system, and a 20,000 gallon underground cistern for irrigation. One hundred percent of the electricity consumed by the building is purchased from renewable sources, the university said.

The Ieuter Insurance Group’s new 16,000-square-foot office building in Midland, Mich., is the first in the community to achieve LEED certification. The project included the use of building materials that reduce energy consumption, and the facility has geothermal heat pumps, a closed-loop water source system, occupancy sensor lights, and low-flow plumbing, Midland Daily News said.

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