Standards & Compliance Briefing: Green Construction Code, WM Certifications, LEED Airports

by | Nov 15, 2011

The provisions in the new 2012 International Green Construction Code were completed during a final hearing at the International Code Council’s meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. The new code will be available Spring 2012 and can be viewed here.

The EPA and Natural Resources Canada announced an agreement that will create a harmonized platform for measuring and assessing the energy performance of commercial buildings in both countries. The platform will be based on an enhanced version of the Energy Star Portfolio Manager software tool, a database of more than 250,000 buildings and 27 billion square feet of commercial and institutional building space.

WM Recycle America, a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., announced on Monday that all seven of its eCycling facilities have received certification by e-Stewards under its standard for responsible recycling and reuse of electronic equipment. The e-Stewards certification program, created by the Basel Action Network, recognizes electronics recyclers that adhere to the network’s e-waste recycling standards.

AERC Recycling Solutions has earned R2/RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler designation for all its electronics processing com-cycle facilities in California, Texas, Virginia and Pennsylvania, according to an announcement from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. On Tuesday, America Recycles Day, the EPA and General Services Administration will recognize the R2 certifications.

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials announced on Monday that three of its Fasson label constructions have met the protocol requirements of the Association of Post-consumer Plastic Recyclers for the recycling of PET thermoformed containers. The constructions are 54# Semi-Gloss paper with AT-1 adhesive, 2.0 Mil Clear BOPP film with S2001 adhesive and 2.6 Mil White BOPP film with S490 adhesive.

The Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal at Indianapolis International Airport has received LEED design certification, The Indianapolis Star reported. The entire terminal complex is 1.2 million square feet and features panoramic walls of windows and skylights and bioswales and detention ponds that will capture some deicing chemicals.

Across the border, another airport terminal received LEED certification. A new terminal at Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport became Canada’s first LEED certified freestanding airport, The Daily Commercial News and Construction Record reported.

Siemens Industry, Inc. has announced that four of its water services facilities have received ISO 14001 certifications. Three carbon reactivation facilities in Arizona, California and Pennsylvania and a waste treatment facility in Roseville, Minn., were audited by Intertek Testing Services.

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