Green Building Consortium Welcomes New Members

The green building industry’s consortium of program operators announced at Greenbuild the addition of two new members and an enhanced technical advisory board. CSA Group is now a member, while thinkstep is the group’s affiliate member.
 
This marks the first anniversary of the Program Operator Consortium, which launched last year to provide environmental-product transparency solutions and to reduce complexity in the marketplace. The consortium serves as a resource and advocate for creating product category rules (PCRs), reviewing life cycle assessment reports (LCA), and verifying and publishing environmental product declarations (EPDs).
 
CSA Group, a Canadian standards development organization, joins existing members of the consortium: ASTM International, ICC-Evaluation Service, NSF Sustainability, SCS Global Services and Sustainable Minds. “CSA Group is pleased to be joining the Program Operator Consortium and working together to ensure EPDs and PCRs are developed in a consistent fashion, following ISO standards and industry best practice, in order to showcase a product’s environmental impact,” said Michael Leering, the organization’s director of sustainability.
 
The first affiliate member of the consortium is thinkstep, a software, data, and environmental-consulting services company that works with 40 percent of the Fortune 500. “Standardizing the PCR and EPD creation process will contribute to lowering costs and increasing the use of products that reduce environmental impact,” said Nuno da Silva, thinkstep’s director of product sustainability. “We’re delighted to contribute to this effort.”
 
The Affiliate Member Program was created for industry associations, government agencies, standards developers, consultants, and data providers to have access to expertise from a like-minded community.  The program also provides education, discounted rates, and the ability to contribute to creating uniformity across environmental reporting formats, data requirements, and communication.
 
Each consortium member is represented in the group’s Technical Advisory Board:

These LCA experts oversee the implementation of the consortium’s North American two-part PCR framework, which consortium members have aligned to use and maintain over the past year. PCRs created by any member will produce standardized environmental declarations, helping both manufacturers as well as decision-makers who specify green building materials and products. A catalog of North American PCRs and an aggregated catalog of EPDs from members’ programs are available at www.programoperators.org.
 
The consortium holds both in-person meetings and webinars with global manufacturers, LCA providers, and industry trade associations. Those interested in joining or learning more about the consortium are encouraged to contact info@programoperators.org.

Porous Pave Inc. Celebrates Environmental Milestone

When Greenbuild convenes in Los Angeles, Porous Pave Inc. will celebrate an environmental milestone by surpassing 7.5 million pounds of recycled rubber used in manufacturing its permeable paving material. An eco-friendly green building product made in the U.S.A., Porous Pave is a paving material consisting of recycled rubber, chipped granite aggregate and a liquid binder. The shredding and processing of discarded tires produces the 1/8-1/4-inch chips of recycled rubber incorporated into Porous Pave.

“Topping 7.5 million pounds of recycled rubber is an achievement for the environment,” said Dave Ouwinga, president, Porous Pave Inc. “For us it also signifies the continued confidence of builders, landscape architects and contractors to request, specify and install Porous Pave for a range of public, commercial and residential applications of permeable paving.”

Porous Pave retains stormwater on site, decreasing the volume and velocity of runoff into storm drains and storm sewers. While the porosity of permeable pavers is limited to only the joints between them, the entire surface of Porous Pave is porous. It is engineered with up 29 percent total void space. Water drains through it at a tested permeability rate of 5,800 to 6,300 gallons of water per hour per square foot.

Porous Pave is slip resistant and resilient. It will not freeze, heave, crack or crumble. A pour in place material that can express any hardscape or landscape plan, Porous Pave offers design versatility and application flexibility. Porous Pave is available in a variety of colors.

LG Electronics Selected as Official Solar Partner at Greenbuild

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), presenter of Greenbuild, the world’s premier sustainability and green building conference, selected LG Electronics USA as official solar partner for the 2015 trade show in Washington, D.C.

The centerpiece of the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is the “Net Zero Zone,” where LG solar panels are powering exhibit booths as part of an on-site microgrid including alternate energy generation, storage and distribution. Thanks to solar panels from LG and others, the Net Zero Zone showcases the efficiency, reliability and resiliency of hybrid microgrids using EMerge Alliance direct current standards.

LG Solar’s flagship LG NeON 2 panels located outside the Washington Convention Center are designed to produce superior power performance and improved reliability. Due to LG’s “Cello” (which stands for Cell connection, Electrically, Low loss, Low stress and Optical absorption enhancement) technology, the LG NeON 2 was recognized this year for its “groundbreaking and technological innovation,” with the InterSolar Europe Award for Photovoltaics.

Ideally suited to power the Net Zero Zone, the LG NeON 2 can achieve higher power output with 60 cells than most 72-cell modules. The 320W NeON 2 boasts 6.4 kWp capacity with 20 modules (60 cells), higher than other 60-cell modules. Of special interest to architects and builders attending Greenbuild, the LG NeON 2 is ideal for those who want to maximize the energy production potential within a limited rooftop space.

In addition to LG’s role as Platinum Sponsor for Greenbuild 2015, LG is a technology provider for the “Growing Green Center” exhibit. Commissioned by USGBC and the Baltimore nonprofit Parks & People Foundation, in partnership with Building Design + Construction magazine, the exhibit is a sustainable modular training center featured at the two-day expo.

LG products designed with the environment in mind are integrated throughout the facility. Complementing the ENERGY STAR-certified appliances and electronics in the Growing Green Center, the exhibit highlights LG’s air conditioning systems and home comfort solutions that deliver powerful energy-efficient results for today’s savvy architects, engineers and consumers.

LG’s major presence at Greenbuild comes on the heels of the USGBC’s New Jersey Chapter honoring the company for “outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability.” As USGBC NJ’s top 2015 honoree, LG has been recognized for its corporate culture of environmental sustainability and for its $300-million LEED Platinum North American headquarters building project planned in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., that will the benefit of LG and the state of New Jersey, while protecting the iconic vistas and integrity of the national natural and historic landmark known as Palisades Park.