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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Furniture Industry, FSC, ISO 50001

The Furniture Industry Sustainability Program has recertified four businesses as full members after conducting its annual review of sustainability practices. The companies are Bene, Coexistence, Herman Miller and Woodstock Leabank. FISP said it is the furniture industry’s environmental benchmark for companies across the furniture supply chain. FIRA International, the services branch of the Furniture Industry Research Association, audits the FISP program.

The Bhamragarh Forest Division in Maharashtra, India, has become the country’s first natural forest management program to earn Forest Stewardship Council certification. SCS Global Services conducted the audit of the 378,000-hectare area and issued the certification. The Bhamragarh Forest Division provides timber for the Indian furniture market and supplies local pulp and paper mills. The primary species harvested are bamboo, teak, bombax, terminalia, and dalbergia, SCS said.

The captive power plant of Navratna PSU National Aluminum Company Limited (NALCO) has been certified to the ISO 50001 standard in an audit conducted by DNV. The 1,200 MW thermal power plant adjacent to the company’s aluminum smelter in Odisha, India, is the first CPSE Unit to be certified to the standard. The company has installed several Clean Development Mechanism projects at its power plant including a continuous blow down heat recovery system and a demonstration project for carbon sequestration with algae, NALCO said.

Controlled Products, a manufacturer of synthetic turf, has received ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications for its corporate initiatives to improve quality, environmental stewardship and safety. In the past year, the company said that it recycled 155,221 pounds of material and reduced waste by 75 percent over 2011, and said all its finished goods and products are recyclable.

Real estate developer Foram Group has received LEED Platinum certification in the core and shell category for 600 Brickell at Brickell World Plaza, making it the only building in Florida to achieve this certification at this level. Features of $300 million building include central monitoring and control of air quality, temperature and lighting, and fully redundant electrical backup systems, writes the South Florida Business Journal.

Arizona State University’s newest research center, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV, has earned LEED Gold certification for new constructions. The 298,000-square-foot, seven-story structure is the university’s 18th LEED project. Features include an optimized building envelope and integrated mechanical systems to reduce energy use by an expected 40 percent below a typical laboratory; on-site renewable energy which reduces energy costs by more than 16 percent; and minimized resource use for building materials, ASU said.

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law’s Broadway Building has achieved LEED Silver certification. Originally built in 1959, the building underwent a $7.5 million renovation, with DonahueFavret Contractors as the general contractor on the project. Features that are expected to reduce energy costs by 14 percent include low-emittance glazed windows, energy-efficient lighting systems with occupancy sensors, and efficient HVAC systems. Low-flow fixtures are expected to reduce water usage by 35 percent, the university said.

Western Michigan University’s renovated Chemistry Building has earned LEED Silver certification for existing buildings, the seventh building on the campus to do so. The university currently has six more buildings undergoing the certification process, including two new residential buildings and a community center, M Live writes.

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