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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Target, LEED and BIFMA, RoHS

Target has earned LEED certification for its first 24 stores in Ontario. The company is seeking LEED accreditation for all 124 stores scheduled to open in Canada this year, using the LEED Volume Program. The 24 stores are in Ajax, Aurora, Brampton, Burlington, Cambridge, Fergus, Guelph, Hamilton, Kawartha Lakes, London, Milton, Mississuaga, Newmarket, Orillia, Toronto, Waterdown, Whitby and Windsor.

Products certified to the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard can now earn points towards LEED certification, under the US Green Building Council’s Pilot 80: Environmentally Preferable Interior Finishes and Furnishings program, Woodworking Network reports. Under the program, projects must include at least five different third-party certified products, comprising at least 50 percent of interior finishes and furnishings materials, by cost.

The North Carolina Senate is scheduled to today take a full vote on a revised lumber bill that now allows the use of third-party certification programs such as LEED. The House approved an earlier version of HB 628 – which threatened to prohibit the use of LEED for public projects – last month.

Hosting company Internap Network Services Corporation has achieved LEED Gold certification for its Los Angeles data center. The company managed a 47 percent reduction in energy use, per the Energy Star Target Finder, and is buying 100 percent renewable electricity for the center, which also has Green Globe certification.

Agilent Technologies announced that most of its electronic test and measurement products are now designed for RoHS compliance, beating a 2017 deadline. Agilent also takes back all products when they are no longer needed, and recently increased its standard warranty from one to three years on most products.

The 2013 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, produced by Conley Sports, and the 2013 Milano City Marathon, produced by RCS Sport, have both won Silver certification from the Council for Responsible Sport. The Milan event is the first European marathon, and the first event in Italy, to earn the certification.

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