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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Climate Data, B Corp, Green Printing

ASHRAE has updated Standard 169, Climatic Data for Building Design Standards, which it says serves as a comprehensive source of climate data for those involved in building design. Standard 169 now includes climate zone maps for the entire world, and an additional “Extremely Hot” Climate Zone 0 with humid (0A) and dry (0B) zones.

Canadian advertising agency Top Drawer Creative has earned B Corp certification. The ad agency says it scored 103 against a B Impact Assessment median score of 80, with particularly high scores in worker equity and environmental commitment.

RPI, a Seattle-based maker of personalized products such as photobooks and stationery, has been certified by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership for its sustainable manufacturing practices. To receive certification, print facilities must establish sustainability management systems, commit to continuous improvements, and undergo an on-site audit.

The University of Florida’s $45 million, 120,000 sq ft Clinical and Translational Research Building has received LEED Platinum for Health Care certification, the Gainesville Sun reports.

The Hayden Building in Boston’s Chinatown, home to a Liberty Bank branch and a Malaysian restaurant, has won LEED Platinum certification. Preservation non-profit Historic Boston spent $5.7 million over two decades renovating the building. Meanwhile Historic Boston’s headquarters, a renovated 1859 fire house, has earned LEED Silver certification, Boston Business Journal reports.

UK-based carbon management services company Co2balance has been re-certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management certification, with no minor or major non-conformances, the company says.

Rio Tinto‘s Diavik Diamond Mines has been recertified to the ISO 14001 environmental management and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards, and its product splitting facility has been certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. DNV conducted audits at the Diavik mine site in Canada’s Northwest Territories, and at Diavik’s Yellowknife operations.

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