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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Superior Energy Performance, Turbidity, NREL’s LEED

Mack Trucks’ Macungie Cab and Vehicle Assembly operation in Macungie, Penn., has become the first US manufacturing facility to receive platinum-level Superior Energy Performance certification, under the Mature Energy Pathway category, as well as ISO 50001 certification. The Mature category recognizes facilities that achieve aggressive energy improvements over a 10-year period.

ASTM International Committee D19 on Water has proposed ASTM WK4193, Test Method for Determination of Turbidity above 1 TU in the In-Situ Mode. Michael Sadar, vice chairman of D19, said the standard will provide practical guidance into the setup, calibration and verification of a turbidity monitoring system before and after it has been placed in the field.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory‘s 182,500 sq ft Energy Systems Integration Facility, a test center for clean energy technologies, has earned LEED Platinum for new construction. The facility’s data center is expected to achieve an annualized average power usage effectiveness of 1.06 or better, and the data center’s waste heat will be used to help heat the building.

Green Mountain Energy has earned LEED Platinum – Commercial Interiors for its Austin, Texas, headquarters. Half of demolition waste was reused or recycled, Austin Business Journal reported.

AkzoNobel’s Dissolvine GL, a biodegradable and biobased chelating agent used to control hard water ions in household detergents and cosmetics products, has earned the EPA Design for the Environment label. The designation recognizes products that are safer for consumers and the environment, based on EPA screening of each ingredient. Dissolvine GL is an alternative to phosphates, nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), AkzoNobel said.

The Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry has received four Green Globes, the highest possible award, for an office, training and warehouse building in Plymouth, Mich. Features include outside airflow measurement stations on all air handlers, and an interactive sustainability data kiosk in the main lobby.

Chinese manufacturer DAP Inc. agreed to pay civil penalties of up to $65,000 and reformulate consumer products to comply with California’s Prop. 65, under a settlement reached in Santa Clara County Superior Court, according to plaintiffs’ attorneys the Chanler Group. DAP makes millions of handle grips for tools sold at Target stores throughout the US, and the products were found to include the reproductive toxicant di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), Chanler says. The manufacturer has now agreed to remove the chemical.

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