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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Energy Star Criticism, BPA and Prop 65, ISO 14001

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association, which represents manufacturers of residential and commercial window, door and skylight products, is calling on the EPA to address additional concerns the industry has about the skylight criteria, the proposed window and door criteria and the overall direction of the ENERGY STAR program. The agency is seeking additional comments on proposed draft ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 criteria for skylights. The association believes the latest revisions make the qualification criteria for skylights more reasonable for much of the country, but that they still fall short and should be improved further.

Intertek has expanded services to help companies comply with recently proposed California Proposition 65 legislative changes. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently announced a notice of intent to list BPA to the California Proposition 65 list of chemicals with a maximum allowable dose level of 290 micrograms per day. The California Proposition 65 listing is not a proposed ban of BPA, but it will require warning labels to be applied to consumer products if the potential exposure of consumers will exceed this MADL, Interlek said.

Swiss shipping and logistics provider Panalpina Welttransport Holding has met criteria for OHSAS 18001: Health and Safety certification and has recertified to the standards ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. SGS conducted the audit. Panalpina said it is now the only multinational provider of supply chain services to achieve global certification to the safety, quality and environmental management standards.

The Brewery, a redevelopment project at the former Pabst Brewing Co. in Milwaukee, has earned LEED Platinum certification for neighborhoods. The 20-acre development includes businesses, senior housing, schools, and a public park. It is one of only three neighborhoods in the US and five in the world to earn that designation. The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health on the site also received a LEED Gold rating, Milwaukee Business News said.

The first building constructed on Whirlpool Corp.’s new Riverview Campus in Benton Harbor, Mich., has received LEED Platinum certification. The Riverview Campus is designed to achieve high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Whirlpool partnered with the Pizzuti Companies, a Columbus, Ohio-based developer, to design the construction, Appliance Magazine said.

The “Sustainable Building” in Al Quoz, Dubai, is the new 340,000-square-foot headquarters for a branch of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and the first in the United Arab Emirates to have achieved a LEED Platinum rating. With the new facility, Dewa cut water use by 36 percent through the use of grey water recycling and low-flow toilets and urinals, the Green Prophet said.

The Student Life Center at North Lake College in Irving, Texas has earned LEED Silver certification to become the school’s third LEED-designated project. Other LEED buildings are the Science and Medical Professions Buildings and the Workforce Development Center, and the college said it is a signatory to the 2007 American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

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