LG Electronics has become the first major appliance manufacturer to have its refrigerators certified by CSA Group to meet the industry’s new Sustainability Standard for Household Refrigeration Appliances. Nine LG refrigerator models met the requirements of the 2012 environmental standard. CSA Group said it developed the standard, released in June, with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.
Two PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, Pa., has achieved Energy Star certification to become the financial group’s 52nd certified building. Energy reduction practices have reduced utility bills by more than 20 percent at the facility, and PNC said that it expects a return on energy efficiency investments in less than one year.
NSF International, in cooperation with the Glass Association of North America’s float glass manufacturing division, is developing a Product Category Rule for flat and float glass. The PCR will cover sheet glass, plate glass, rolled glass and float glass used in a range of architectural, auto and decorative applications. The rule will provide a science-based method for reporting the environmental impact of glass products and materials throughout their entire life cycle, the groups said.
Apple-Metro, Inc., the New York metro area Applebee’s franchisee, will open New York City’s first LEED Gold certified restaurant next month. The 350-seat location is equipped with more than 40 upgrades including rainwater and daylight harvesting, waterless urinals, LED light fixtures, Energy Star equipment, living walls, and reclaimed wood, the company said.
Creative Recycling Systems, an IT asset management and electronics recycling firm, has achieved e-Stewards electronic recycling certification from the Basal Action Network for its Raleigh, N.C., facility. CRS is in the process of certifying its other 12 facilities and holds R2/RIOS, ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OHSAS18001 certifications, the company said.
Audi of America, in coordination with LAcarGUY, has opened its newly redesigned Audi Pacific dealership. The dealership is the largest Audi showroom in the US, and it is the first to be LEED Gold certified. Features of the showroom include energy-efficient water fixtures, low energy-use lighting and a 45 kW solar PV system, Audi Pacific said.
The Asian School of Business campus in Thiruvananthapuram, India, has earned LEED Gold certification for new construction to become the first educational campus in the state of Kerala to achieve the rating. The 16-acre campus has reduced power consumption by 20 percent and potable water consumption by 30 percent, the Hindu Business Line said.
The Malaysian Highway Authority is urging highway concessionaires to conform to ISO 14000 certification standards so that their operations meet the international standards on environmental management. The authority recommended that concessionaires look at the environmental impact of operations during the construction of highways, and also after roads are open to traffic and during repair works, government news agency Bernama reports.