ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability is Seeking Participants to Submit Preliminary Abstracts

ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability is seeking participation through presentations and papers for the Symposium on Balancing Resiliency, Safety, and Sustainability in New Orleans, Louisiana, in conjunction with the committee’s standard development meetings.
 
The committee is soliciting participation on topics related to resiliency, safety, sustainability, and built environments including:
 
• Natural Disasters (Hurricane, Earthquake, Flood, Fire Resistance, etc.)
• Material and System Contributions to Resiliency
• Design Considerations and Challenges Related to Resiliency, Safety, and Sustainability
• Building in the Sustainability Era
• Life Cycle Considerations
• Public Policy Considerations Related to Building for Resiliency and More
 
Potential participants must submit an online 250 – 300 word Preliminary Abstract Form by January 13, 2017. Please email Hannah Sparks (hsparks@astm.org) to confirm your submission. For more information on the symposium, contact chairmen Emily Lorenz (elorenz@pci.org) and Walter Rossiter, Jr. (wjrossiter@verizon.net).
 
To submit a preliminary abstract form visit http://www.astm.org/E60CFP2017.

Roofinox Displays Its Line of Stainless Steel Roofing Products to Contractors and Architects

Roofinox displays its line of stainless steel roofing products to contractors and architects attending the Moon in June Machinery Show in Lynchburg, Va. The annual exposition is specifically developed to showcase the latest advancements in roofing machinery and materials by N.B. Handy Company, HVAC equipment and supplies.

“We appreciate Roofinox’s participation in this year’s event,” says Paul Seufer, general manager of the N.B. Handy Machinery Group. “Our goal is to spotlight sheet metal fabrication machinery and materials available in the marketplace. This includes the interactive display of services in an environment where customers can experience processes and benefits first-hand. Roofinox’s stainless steel roofing products offer forming characteristics that run through our equipment.”

“It is a privilege to work alongside N.B. Handy,” says Dave Rowe, vice president at Roofinox America. “This event provides a wonderful opportunity for building professionals to interact with experts, ask questions and actually witness how our products work with their equipment under in-field conditions.”

Roofinox provides a range of tin-plated (Terne) products designed to offer sustainability and corrosion-resistance for wall-cladding, flashing, rainware, interior design and virtually all forms of roofing applications. Roofinox Tin-plated (Terne) is specifically developed and manufactured for roll forming and fabricating.

Developed to withstand climatic conditions found in Central Europe, the Roofinox Stainless Steel product line is ideal for applications ranging from rural, urban and light industrial areas to historic and commercial sites and coastal environments. With ongoing exposure to the elements, Roofinox Tin-plated (Terne’s) surface will develop an elegant matt grey patina finish over time.

A substitute for lead-coated copper, zinc/tin-zinc coated copper, Terne-coated materials, galvalume and lead, Roofinox Tin-plated (Terne) is available in coil or sheet. Materials can be ordered by themselves so customers can do their own forming or prefabricated by a Roofinox distributor.

Henkel Offers Recycling of Anaerobic Adhesives Program

Henkel is partnering with TerraCycle to offer a recycling solution for anaerobic adhesives. Through the Adhesive Recycling Program, Henkel customers can purchase a postage-paid recycling box that they fill with used LOCTITE adhesive containers and send to TerraCycle for processing. TerraCycle will thermally treat the containers and turn them into new plastic products.

“As a company with a commitment to sustainability, we think this is a great way to offer an environmental solution to our customers,” said Simon Mawson, senior vice president general adhesives, North America. “We hope they will appreciate the option of recycling used LOCTITE containers instead of sending material to landfills and incinerators and use it to achieve their own sustainability targets.”

Sustainability is one of Henkel’s core corporate values. By the year 2030, the company aims to triple efficiency by reducing their products’ environmental footprint at every stage of the product life cycle. The Adhesive Recycling Program aligns with that initiative, diverting used LOCTITE containers from local landfills and incinerators.

“We are breaking ground with our Henkel partnership,” said TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “This is the first time we have recycled this anaerobic adhesives and we hope it will be an eye opener to an industry that has previously not had an option to recycle adhesive containers.”

Henkel sales reps will be reaching out to customers about the program. Interested companies can also contact their local LOCTITE distributor for more information.

National Survey: Thirty-two Percent of Local Governments Have Adopted a Sustainability Plan

Thirty-two percent of local governments have adopted a sustainability plan, according to a national survey of U.S. cities and counties. Among the responding jurisdictions that have adopted plans, nearly 68 percent indicated that those plans contain goals or strategies related to economic development. Other plan priorities include energy conservation (60 percent) and disaster mitigation (48 percent).

Building on the data collected through a 2010 survey—which was the first nationwide study to establish benchmarks for sustainability initiatives among U.S. communities—Local Government Sustainability Practices 2015 was conducted by ICMA, the International City/County Management Association; the Sustainable Communities and Small Town and Rural Planning Divisions of the American Planning Association; Binghamton University; Cornell University; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Through this 2015 survey, ICMA and its partners can examine the progress of U.S. cities and counties in addressing issues that have a direct impact on a community’s sustainability,” says Andrea Fox, director, ICMA Center for Sustainable Communities. “While there has been much progress since we initiated the survey back in 2010, there are still a number of areas in which local communities can improve to enhance their capacity to endure and thrive.”

“Local governments can take a leadership role in promoting sustainability. We have seen this with some big cities,” says Mildred E. Warner, professor, City & Regional Planning, Cornell University. “But this national survey helps us understand motivators and drivers, especially for smaller and rural communities.”

The survey findings include the following notable results:

  • A plurality of local governments (47 percent) identified environmental protection as an overall community priority, in contrast to the nearly 91 percent that identified economic development as a key community issue.
  • Local governments rated the potential for fiscal savings (84 percent), leadership of local elected officials (82 percent), federal or state funding opportunities (75 percent), potential to attract development projects (71 percent), and concern over the environment (68 percent) as either significant or the most significant factors motivating sustainability efforts in their communities.
  • For 88 percent of jurisdictions, lack of funding is a significant or the most significant factor hindering local sustainability efforts, followed by state or federal funding restrictions (61 percent), lack of staff capacity/support (59 percent), lack of information on how to proceed (51 percent), lack of community/resident support (49 percent), and opposition of elected officials (49 percent).
  • In addition to conducting energy audits (63 percent), the most often cited actions taken by local governments to enhance energy efficiency included upgrading or retrofitting:
    • Facilities to increase lighting efficiency (64 percent)
    • Heating or air conditioning systems (49 percent)
    • Streetlights and other exterior lighting (45 percent)
    • Traffic signals to increase efficiency (35 percent)
  • Nineteen percent of local governments dedicated budget resources specifically to sustainability or environmental protection. When describing staffing, 9 percent had dedicated staff across multiple departments, another 9 percent had dedicated staff across a single department, and 6 percent had dedicated staff in either the chief-elected or chief-appointed official’s office. Forty-two percent of local governments had no staffing, recognition of goal accomplishment, or task force or committee dedicated to sustainability issues.
  • More than three-quarters of local governments indicated that they had no sustainable building policy in place. Only 12 percent of those that did indicated that the policy resulted in more green buildings.
  • Seventy-six percent of local governments indicated that they had responded to a major disaster during the past 15 years. Among those, 53 percent had dealt with a flood, 51 percent with a blizzard or ice storm, and 24 percent with a hurricane.
  • Despite the increasing importance of internet access to sustaining daily living, 84 percent of local governments have no plan or programs in place to provide such access to all residents.

To ensure that the local government response rate was high and more scientifically representative than for an electronic survey, the 2015 Local Government Sustainability Practices survey was administered in paper format via direct mail, although local governments were given the option to submit responses electronically. The survey was sent to 8,562 local governments and achieved a 22.2 percent response rate, with 1,899 local governments responding.

Green-building Consortium Addresses Product Transparency, LCAs, EPDs and Effective PCRs

A first-of-its-kind consortium in the green-building industry convened 15 manufacturers and industry representatives from around the world to hear their needs for enhancing product transparency and stewardship through effective product category rules (PCRs), life cycle assessment reports (LCAs), environmental product declarations (EPDs), and next-generation product transparency solutions, including Sustainable Minds Transparency Reports.

The manufacturer’s roundtable was held in conjunction with an ASTM International conference attended by top technical experts in sustainability, building performance and several other industries.

“What we heard today was that as the demand for environmental stewardship across the green building industry increases, the need for consistent, standardized and scalable solutions grows in tandem,” says Tim Brooke, vice president, ASTM International. “That’s exactly what our four organizations are aiming to address as we communicate and deliver the value of voluntary product stewardship.”

In addition to ASTM, the Program Operator Consortium includes NSF International, ICC Evaluation Service and Sustainable Minds. The group launched in 2015 to serve as an expert resource and advocate for creating PCRs, for reviewing LCAs, and for verifying and publishing environmental declarations.

During the roundtable, the consortium announced that its four members have aligned how they develop PCRs and declarations, giving greater flexibility and visibility for manufacturers and decision-makers who are tasked with finding, comparing, and selecting products for projects.

Dow Building Solutions Celebrates 75th Anniversary of STYROFOAM Brand XPS Insulation

Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co., is celebrating the 75th anniversary of STYROFOAM Brand XPS Insulation, which has continued to facilitate sustainability, innovation and community success in the building and construction industry since its discovery in 1941. Dow marked the anniversary while attending the 2016 NAHB International Builders’ Show, a large annual light construction show that brings together the industry’s important global manufacturers and suppliers.

Builders today face a bewildering number of products and technologies promising better building performance. Dow’s portfolio-based approach offers solutions for the entire building envelope, offering energy efficiency that can stand the test of time. STYROFOAM has a long and rich heritage as a sustainable building product, insulating to meeting core thermal, moisture, air and vapor performance requirements through its rigid foam board technology. Over its lifetime, STYROFOAM can help save more than 30 times the energy embodied in it.

STYROFOAM has been part of Dow’s commitment to sustainable chemistry innovations for the last 75 years and will expand this legacy well into the future through continual optimization of building energy efficiency and performance. Dow has been a proud national insulation partner of Habitat for Humanity, with STYROFOAM donations leading Dow’s pledge to the address the need of affordable housing around the globe. More than 2,500 Habitat for Humanity builds in 2015 used Dow products to help homeowners reduce their home’s overall natural gas and electricity usage.

“New possibilities for resilient, energy-efficient and well-designed homes and buildings are being realized in neighborhoods and communities around the world thanks to imagination, science and engineering,” says Tim Lacey, global business director for Dow Building Solutions. “We are proud to offer 75 years of product innovation that addresses the need for long-term value as a sustainable building solution and look forward to improving, innovating and perfecting building envelope science well into the future.”

Valspar Launches Website for Coil and Extrusion Division

Valspar recently launched a new website for its coil and extrusion division. Keeping the same domain, the new website provides an easy to navigate layout, that is fresh and functional for visitors. From architects to installers, the new design addresses the needs of all end-users.

With a focus on innovation, Valspar’s new architectural coating website allows users to explore colors, industries, products and projects. An updated project gallery showcases the latest innovative uses for Valspar coatings across a variety of industries. Endless inspiration coupled with educational resources provides users everything they need to transform ideas into a colorful reality.

Visitors have the option to browse by color family or special effect to find the best fit for new projects. With more than 20,000 choices and the ability to create custom colors, the new website displays the wide variety of options in an easy-to-preview format.

The new website also houses a wealth of resources for customers to utilize, along with company news and updates. Visitors will find literature on everything from new coatings to Valspar’s commitment to sustainability. The site also features an education component geared towards AIA certification.

Malarkey Roofing Products Focuses on Sustainability and Safety

Malarkey Roofing Products announces GreenCircle Certified LLC Waste Diversion from Landfill certification of Malarkey manufacturing facilities and congratulates employees on new safety milestones.

GreenCircle provides third-party certification of sustainability claims through a rigorous scientific evaluation based on internationally recognized standards and guidelines. All three of the Malarkey asphalt roofing facilities achieved the Waste Diversion from Landfill certification, demonstrating responsible management of end-of-life materials.

“We are thrilled to certify Malarkey Roofing Products for their outstanding achievements in Waste Diversion,” says Certification and Operations manager at GreenCircle Certified LLC Anne Bevan. “Through a combination of innovative ideas, employee engagement, and a commitment to the environment, Malarkey has successfully made a huge reduction in its impact.”

In the GreenCircle certification process, diversion and reduction can be achieved through a combination of approved methods. Malarkey utilized the methods of source reduction, recycling, energy recovery, and reuse of materials to achieve waste diversion from landfill thresholds. The evaluated Malarkey facilities achieved diversion rates of 90 percent or greater as follows:

  • Portland, Ore. – 94 percent waste diversion
  • South Gate, Calif. – 92 percent waste diversion
  • Oklahoma City, Okla. – 90 percent waste diversion

The Portland location has a fiberglass mat facility on site, which was not included in this analysis in order to achieve a more direct comparison to other facilities in the industry. Malarkey plans to pursue separate certification for the mat facility at a later date.

“Malarkey has promoted sustainability internally for years with initiatives like our renewable energy usage in Portland and recycling programs across all of our facilities,” says Malarkey President Jim Fagan. “Sustainability is a vital aspect of our commitment to our customers and local communities. It is an asset to have third-party validation that shows how we are doing and where we can continue to improve.”

In addition to promoting sustainability, Malarkey continues to promote safety throughout their facilities. According to plant manager Steve Rosko, the Portland facility achieved 31 months with only one OSHA recordable accident, including a milestone in July 2015 of more than one million hours worked without an accident.

“Safety has been a priority at Malarkey for a long time,” says Rosko. “I stress two things with our employees: safety and product quality. This is a family business, and we treat our employees as a member of the family.”

According to President Jim Fagan, Malarkey has taken great strides in environmental and safety standards, with plans to pursue additional environmental certifications in the future. That direction is reflected with Malarkey Environmental Health and Safety Officer for the Portland facility, Mike Tuel, who looks to continue evolving facilities to set the standard for roofing manufacturing operations.

“We have a legal responsibility to comply with environmental and safety standards,” says Tuel. “But we also see it as a moral obligation to our communities. It’s the right thing to do, and it is reassuring to know that commitment comes from the very top of our company to continue this path.”

Insulation Products from Dow Building Solutions Receive Validation from UL Environment

Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co., announced STYROFOAM extruded polystyrene foam insulation products in North America have received validation from UL Environment that they contain 20 percent pre-consumer recycled content on average. This verification marks the latest sustainability milestone for Dow insulation products, which also hold Cradle-to-Cradle certification.

“UL Environment is proud to have worked with Dow Building Solutions to validate the recycled content claims for its STYROFOAM Insulation Products,” says Lisa Meier, vice president and general manager of UL Environment. “Dow’s pursuit of third-party substantiation demonstrates its commitment to scientifically backed, credible communication about this sustainability attribute.”

For more than 70 years, DBS has been recognized in the building industry, delivering energy-efficient solutions that conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including Dow’s flagship STYROFOAM brand. The UL Environment validation underscores the company’s drive to constantly improve, innovate and perfect building envelope science to deliver more sustainable, safer solutions and ultimately help advance a more sustainable planet and society as part of Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals.

“This certification is just one more example of DBS’ ongoing commitment to deliver solutions that meet and exceed market demands today and in the future,” says Matthew Marchel, business director, Dow Building Solutions. “This UL Environment validation is one more step in our sustainability journey, one that is deep-rooted, spans decades and is based on our legacy of innovation, leadership and action.”

Owens Corning Releases Ninth Annual Sustainability Report

Owens Corning announced strong progress in reducing its environmental footprint and improving the environmental impact and transparency of its products. The company released these results in its ninth annual sustainability report.

“We are proud of what we accomplished this past year, further reducing our environmental footprint and expanding our positive handprint by introducing new solutions to the challenges of climate change, energy consumption and infrastructure development,” says vice president and chief sustainability officer, Frank O’Brien-Bernini. “Today, our global enterprise operates with 46 percent less absolute greenhouse gas emissions than our peak in 2007, and we are developing ways to make additional reductions. We are committed to expanding our impact through sustainability and collaborating with others to further our progress.”

The report also highlights the company’s global philanthropic work, joint efforts with customers and suppliers to improve sustainability, and analytics on its handprint. All of these support the goal of becoming a net-positive growth company. All of these support the goal of becoming a net-positive growth company.

“We’ve begun to explore handprint opportunities along the social dimensions of human health and employee well-being,” O’Brien-Bernini says. “Continued safety progress and advances in health and wellness help our employees and their families live to the fullest each day.”

Building on the successes of its first 10-year sustainability goals, this is the fourth year Owens Corning has reported against its 2020 goals.

Other highlights of 2014 progress include:

  • Industry-leading track record of safety performance, which earned Owens Corning the 2014 Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council.
  • Sustained environmental footprint progress, including intensity reductions of 34 percent in greenhouse gas and 65 percent in toxic air emissions from its 2010 baseline.
  • Facilitated 2.4 billion pounds of end-of-life recycled shingles and consumed 1.3 billion pounds of recycled glass, year-over-year increases of 33 percent and 15 percent respectively.
  • Launch of the WindStrand high-performance glass fiber roving and Ultrablade fiberglass reinforcement fabric products, which enable longer and lighter wind blades. This advancement supports the continued growth of economical wind energy for low-wind sites.
  • Participation in community programs at more than half of our worldwide facilities. This included increasing access to basic health and educational needs for more than 19,000 children in India, China and Mexico.
  • Collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health to strengthen its wellness programs.
  • Placement in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the fifth consecutive year and named Industry Leader in Sustainability for the second consecutive year.
  • Perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the 11th consecutive year.

Owens Corning’s 2014 Sustainability Report is consistent with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines known as GRI-G3.1. GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines set a globally applicable framework for reporting the economic, environmental and social dimensions of an organization’s activities, products and services.