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National Green Building Standard Approved for Use

The latest version of the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) has been approved for use by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The residential construction standard provides a pathway by which builders and developers may seek third-party green building certification of their new homes, developments and remodeling projects. … Read more »

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LEED Aligns with International Green Construction Code

Several leading associations that develop codes and standards to create green buildings are collaborating to align the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1 and the LEED green building program. The new guidelines will make it easier for owners, designers, builders and code officials to build sustainable, high-performing buildings, … Read more »

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Industry Groups Streamline Green Building Tool Development

ASHRAE, the International Code Council (ICC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) have signed a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building … Read more »

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How to Build Better Buildings

US design and construction companies along with building owners and operators have agreed to incorporate resilience in planning, building materials selection, design, construction and operational techniques. The industry groups define resilience as the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from and more successfully adapt to adverse events. The … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ASHRAE and Green Building, R2, Global Recycled Standard

ASHRAE is for the first time partnering on the development of the National Green Building Standard, ICC/ASHRAE 700. Other organizations developing the standard’s third edition include the National Association of Home Builders and and the International Code Council. The Canadian government has proposed legislative changes to the Hazardous Products Act as a … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Sustainable Beef, IgCC Changes, Prop. 65 Reforms

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has released its draft Principles and Criteria for Global Sustainable Beef for public comment, through May 16. The draft was developed by GRSB members, including producers and producer associations, the processing sector, retail companies, civil society organizations, and regional roundtables. California’s Office of Environmental Health … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: UL Counterfeits, Rainwater Collection, Ship Recycling

UL has issued warnings about use of counterfeit UL marks. These include a USB power supply product, Model A1265, marked “Designed by Happy in trauel,” similar to an authorized Apple product; power savers with model numbers CHT-001B, CHT-001C, CHT-001D, CHT-001E, CHTâ??001F, CHT-003B and SDH-001G; and photovoltaic panels with the model number AP-250MK. These products … Read more »

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Environmental Executive Moves: Joule, CH2M Hill, CES Synergies

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Joule:  The CO2-to-fuels platform company has appointed Paul Snaith as president and CEO. Snaith (pictured) was formerly chief operating officer at the Massachusetts-based company. CH2M Hill: The global full service consulting, design, construction and operations firm has named … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: UL Paper Products, ICC Online Voting, LEED

UL Environment has launched its revised UL 175 Standard for Sanitary Paper Products. The standard consolidates, revises and updates the five EcoLogo certification criteria documents: CCD-082 Toilet Tissue, CCD-083 Facial Tissue, CCD-084 Table Napkins, CCD-085 Kitchen Towels and CCD-086 Hand Towels. Updates include new packaging criteria, a revised recycled content component, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: R2/RIOS, ICC, Passive House

Standards & Compliance Briefing: R2/RIOS, ICC, Passive House

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has unveiled a brand redesign (shown below) of its voluntary recycling certification programs RIOS and R2/RIOS. The new RIOS logo includes imagery that reflects the certification’s “Plan, Do, Check, Act” system, ISRI says. The revised R2/RIOS logo incorporates the new R2 logo. The International Code … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Carbon Trust, ICC G4-2012, IEC 62716, LEED

Toyota GB is one of only seven businesses in the UK automotive sector to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard after its recent recertification. Toyota has reduced CO2 emissions by more than 10 percent in two years. The recertification assessment included a review of emission sources including power usage, business mileage … Read more »