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Standards & Certification Briefing: EESCC Standardization Roadmap, American Forest Foundation, ClosetMaid

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) has released for a 45-day public comment period the EESCC Standardization Roadmap V1.0 draft, which outlines 116 action-oriented recommendations to advance energy efficiency in the built environment through standards and conformance activities. US experts on energy efficiency-related issues, members of the standardization community, and other affected stakeholders are invited to comment by March 15, 2014. Final publication is expected in mid-2014.

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has awarded its second-highest rating of three Green Globes to the new Washington, DC headquarters of the American Forest Foundation (AFF) for its environmentally-focused design and construction. The 11,000-square-foot space makes considerable use of wood certified through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), one of four North American forest certification standards supported by Green Globes.

ClosetMaid, a business of Emerson, announced that its ventilated wire shelving is now certified by SCS Global Services, a leading third-party certifier for environmental labels and claims, for recycled content and meeting indoor air quality standards. ClosetMaid products are made from at least 90 percent recycled content, including 86 percent post-consumer and four percent pre-consumer recycled steel.

The Johnson County,  Kansas Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab received LEED Platinum certification as result of the building’s innovative design that focuses on energy efficiency and environmental conservation. The lab has solar panels on the roof, the electric lights have sensors that will automatically turn the light on or off as needed, and a geothermal heating system, KSHB.com reports.

Proment Corporation’s Vistal II building in Montreal has been certified LEED Gold by the Canada Green Building Council. The Vistal I tower received the same certification in 2011. Residents of both towers have energy bills 35 percent lower and have superior indoor air quality with a minimal presence of contaminants.

The Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The building, which opened in the summer of 2013, is one of only a handful of healthcare facilities nationwide to receive LEED Gold by meeting or exceeding five strategic elements of sustainability, including energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, water efficiency, indoor environment quality and overall sustainability.

Infosys has been awarded the LEED India Platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council for its Software Development Blocks (SDB) 2 and 3 in Hyderabad, India. Certifiers noted that the buildings use efficient plumbing fixtures and the use of recycled waste water has resulted in 51.53 percent less water consumption than LEED baseline requirements, and an efficient building envelope, energy-efficient lighting and HVAC system help this building exceed the global ASHRAE standards by 48.3 percent.

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