Medical technology company BD has received the WindMade label for the company’s global operations, certifying that 35 percent of BD’s total electricity consumption is from wind power. The label, which is backed by the UN Global Compact and conservation group WWF, requires participating companies to obtain at least 25 percent of their electricity from wind power, BD said.
Wet-wipe manufacturer Diamond Wipes has completed Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody certification for all its paper products. The Rainforest Alliance provided the third-party assurance that materials come from forests managed to environmental and social standards, the company said.
Green Seal presented its first GS-53 certification for the cleaning industry to PortionPac Chemical Corporation for its Pot & Pan Detergent and NeutraPac. The pre-measured PortionPac system reduces resource use through a product’s lifecycle of production, storage, distribution and disposal, the chemical company said.
Schneider Electric’s Smyrna, Tenn., plant has earned ISO 50001 certification, accredited by UL DQS. The energy company also said it participates in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants challenge, and has pledged to reduce the energy use of 9 million square feet of its own building space by 25 percent, the Daily News Journal said.
Addendum bm to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is currently open for public review until Nov. 26, 2012. The proposed addendum would add a compliance path to allow modeling in accordance with Appendix G, Performance Rating Method, provided the percentage improvement is at least 45 percent over a baseline design. The addendum also proposes to make the baseline consistent with the prescriptive requirements of 90.1-2004, ASHRAE said.
The ASTM Wood Committee invites interested parties to participate in the standards developing activities of new Task Group D07.02.08 on structural insulated panels. The group aims to standardize the process for deriving design properties for structural insulated panels so that the reliability and safety of SIPs is comparable to other engineered wood systems used in wood frame construction, the organization said.
The Water Replenishment District of Southern California administration building in Lakewood, Calif., has earned LEED Gold certification, verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. Features of the building include a high-efficiency AC system, occupancy light sensors throughout the building, as well as the establishment of programs to increase recycling and the use of sustainable products, the groundwater management agency said.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s first ultraviolet water treatment facility, the Tesla Treatment Plant, has earned LEED Silver certification. The facility, built by PCL Construction, Inc., is California’s largest UV treatment plant, and it has the capacity to treat up to 315 million gallons of drinking water daily, Water World said.