The EPA has launched a new voluntary clean air program, PM Advance, to help communities meet soot pollution standards, raise air quality and improve public health. PM Advance will help communities develop strategies for reducing harmful fine particle emissions. Participants will commit to taking specific steps to reduce soot, such as putting in place a school bus retrofit program or an air quality action day program; the EPA will supply technical advice, outreach information, and other support. In December the agency updated the national air quality standards for PM 2.5 by revising the annual standard to 12 micrograms per cubic meter.
The American National Standards Institute has approved the ICC 700-2012 National Green Building Standard. It follows ANSI’s first consensus committee review of the standard since it was first published in 2009. Notable updates include a substantial revision of the Energy Efficiency Chapter with new rating levels based on whole-house energy savings above 2009 IECC and a reconfiguration of points for water efficiency practices to achieve improved consistency, ANSI said.
Industrial waste management company Befesa Valera has certified its integrated management system to the standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001. The certifications follow an 18-month long project management process. Social responsibility and Global Reporting Initiative reporting also are now fully integrated in the global management system, the company said.
Silver-zinc battery technology provider ZPower has received ISO 9001 quality management certification from the global auditing firm BSI. This certification covers ZPower’s processes for the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of rechargeable silver-zinc batteries, the Fort Mill Times said.
Acumen Logistics Group has achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality and environmental management certification throughout its operations. Acumen Distribution’s Redditch depot in Worcestershire, England, is the final of the company’s three divisions to achieve the accreditation, joining Acumen Automobile Logistics and the company’s Recycling Division, Materials Handling World said.
The San Diego Community College District has earned LEED certification for two more projects under the district’s $1.55 billion construction bond programs, bringing the district’s total number of certified facilities to 14. The two recognized projects are the Mesa College Student Services Center, which received LEED Gold status, and the Continuing Education Mesa College Campus, which has earned LEED Silver, the Daily Transcript writes.
The 12,000-square-foot medical office building of Lower Bucks Pediatrics in Bucks County, Pa., has earned LEED certification. The facility’s advanced HVAC system design is expected to save at least 35 percent in energy costs compared to the USGBC baseline, and low-flow fixtures and thermal controls will result in a 30 percent reduction in water use, Commercial Property Executive said.