ASTM International Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners has formed a new task group to develop standards for high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration, the organization said. The group will develop standards to clarify methodology and criteria used to define HEPA filtration for sealed vacuum cleaner systems and filter components, for residential and commercial settings.
Broan-NuTone Canada, a producer of residential ventilation products including range hoods and bathroom fans, has received ISO 50001 energy management system certification, according to Intertek, which awarded the certificate.
UK name badge manufacturer Badgemaster has secured ISO 14001 environmental management certification from the British Standards Institute. Its environmental programs include recycling, use of energy-efficient laser engraving, and employee training, the company says.
Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina on Lake Mohave, in Nevada’s Lake Mead National Recreation Area, says it has received the world’s first LEED Gold certification for a floating building, for the marina’s operations office (pictured). The building’s decking is made of rice hulls and its exterior stucco is made of recycled tires.
Schilling Green II, a warehouse-turned-office building in Hunt Valley, Md., has been certified LEED-CS Platinum. Developer Merritt Properties says it recycled 95 percent of construction waste, reusing the crushed concrete, masonry and asphalt from the existing building and parking lot as aggregate for the new site. The building also uses an underfloor air distribution system, a 25 kW photovoltaic array and a solar hot water collector. Tenants include EA Engineering, Science, and Technology; Coffey & Company; RBC Capital Markets; Willis of Maryland; and Nalley Fresh.
The College of Public Health Building at the University of Iowa has earned LEED Platinum certification, the university says. The 142,000 sq ft building incorporates reflective roofing, natural lighting, sustainable storm drainage, occupancy sensors and low-flow plumbing, and during demolition of the site’s former building, the university diverted 97 percent of non-hazardous debris from landfill.
The University of Calgary’s “Energy. Environment. Experiential” Learning Building has been certified LEED Platinum, the university says. The building includes triple-glazed windows, vertical green sunshades and reflective surfaces to increase use of natural light while reducing heat gain.