ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing, through its Subcommittee D08.24 on Sustainability, is developing several standards for sustainable roofing systems. These include ASTM WK26599, Guide for Design of Sustainable, Low-Slope Roofing Systems; ASTM WK24614, Guide for Recycling Practices and Reporting Methodology; ASTM WK26595, Guide for Roof System Durability; ASTM WK26596, Practice for (Product Category Rule) for Preparing Environmental Product Declarations of Low Slope Roofing Membranes; ASTM WK29304, Guide for Selection of Roofing/Waterproofing Membrane Systems for Vegetative (Green) Roof Systems; and ASTM WK41167, Guide for the Durability of EPDM Roofing Membranes.
The Resilient Floor Covering Institute has announced the availability of voluntary Product Transparency Declarations for finished flooring materials. The institute says flooring is the first industry to offer PTDs, which disclose intentionally added ingredients that appear on six authoritative lists – the International Agency on the Research of Cancer Terminology, National Toxicology Program, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, California Proposition 65, Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory and REACH Substances of Very High Concern – to indicate whether there is a concern over human exposure.
IEEE working groups will immediately kick off the development process to create new standards for the EPEAT green electronics registry, the organization announced. The group developed the standards for the first three product categories in the registry, and in July announced plans for further standards development. Since then IEEE established working groups for IEEE P1680.1, Standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products, and IEEE P1680.4, Standard for Environmental Assessment of Servers.
Cebula Hall at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash., has become the highest-rated LEED certified building in the Western hemisphere, The Olympian reports, with 97 out of 100 possible points. The 26,916 sq ft engineering facility includes solar panels, a geothermal energy system and recycled materials.
The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., has become the largest exhibition hall in the nation to achieve LEED Gold certification, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The center has a 1 MW rooftop solar PV system, the largest in the southeast; uses xeriscape principles for landscaping; and diverts food scraps for use as animal feed.
Penn State’s Child Care Center at Hort Woods has achieved LEED Platinum status. The building uses a weather station in the woods to alert the director when it would be a good idea to ventilate the building – and children can help by opening sliding doors designed at the right height for kids.