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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Recycled Resins in Pipes, e-Stewards, Green Globe, LEED, ISO 14000

A new standard in development, ASTM WK39632, Specification for 3–24 Inch Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings with Recycled Resins, will provide assurance regarding quality of HDPE corrugated pipe using recycled resins. The proposed standard includes requirements and test methods for materials, workmanship, dimensions, perforations, and pipe stiffness. Once approved, the standard will be used by manufacturers to produce pipes made from recycled materials for end users such as excavation/drainage contractors and farmers, ASTM said.

Skechers USA’s 1.82 million-square-foot distribution center in California, designed and built by developer Highland Fairview, has become the largest LEED Gold building in the US. Features of the building include 280,000 square feet of rooftop solar power generation systems, and water efficient and drought tolerant landscaping that reduces irrigation by 50 percent, the company said.

Recycling company 4th Bin has earned e-Stewards certification to become the first e-waste recycler in New York City to meet the standard. 4th Bin policies prohibit exports to developing countries, the use of landfills and incinerators, and the use of prison labor for hazardous materials derived from e-waste. Earning e-Stewards certification also includes the R2 and ISO 14001 certifications, 4th Bin said.

The Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa in Chiang Rai, Thailand has earned its re-certification to the Green Globe travel and tourism standard. The resort has initiated programs to reduce all waste, consumable and non-consumable; eliminate all possible packaging; and contract with preference to local suppliers offering recyclable products, Green Globe said.

Duke University’s new Chiller Plant, which cools water for distribution in cooling systems across its West Campus, received LEED Gold certification for sustainable construction practices. It is the second building on Duke’s main campus to achieve gold-level certification, after the East Campus Steam Plant. Altogether, Duke has 25 LEED-certified buildings, including the Smart Home, which earned LEED Platinum certification in 2008, the Duke Chronicle said.

The University of Wyoming’s Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center has earned LEED Gold certification. The 44,000-square-foot building houses several groups including the Biodiversity Institute, Stable Isotope Facility, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database and the UW Vertebrate Museum, and it features a living roof, locally sourced building materials, natural air ventilation, native or adapted landscape vegetation and building exhaust energy recovery, the university said.

Building 10,000, a residence hall at Penn State Harrisburg, has earned LEED Silver certification. The four-story, $10 million construction designed by SMP Architects features rain gardens, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, agri-fiber paneling and low-flow water fixtures, the university said.

KMP Packaging will open its new $20.1 million food and beverage packaging production facility in Theparak Industrial Park in Thailand late this year. The factory has been certified as ISO 14000 compliant as well as ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 compliant. The facility also was awarded a certificate in environmental management by the Thai Industry Ministry’s Department of Industrial Works, Thailand’s The Nation said.

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