Standards & Compliance Briefing: Building Products, Sediment Control, LEED, RoHS II

by | May 2, 2013

The International Living Future Institute and the Health Product Declaration Collaborative will align their building products standards to simplify disclosure requirements for manufacturers. The two organizations say the Institute’s Declare ingredients label and online product database ( and the HPDC’s Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard for disclosing building product contents will work seamlessly together.

ASTM International has proposed WK11340, Test Method for Determination of Sediment Control Product’s Ability to Reduce Soil Loss Associated with Rainfall-Induced Erosion, which would provide performance-based data of sediment control devices to regulating entities, specifiers, consumers and manufacturers. Ryan Vavra, a member of the subcommittee drawing up the standard, said sediment control devices are a fairly new category of products with few tests providing performance information.

All 10 buildings at Greenway Plaza, a Houston mixed-use campus owned by Crescent Real Estate Holdings, have earned either Silver or Gold LEED status, Houston Business Journal reports. The complex includes 4,250,641 sq ft of office space, as well as retail, a food court, and what the company calls the largest green roof in Texas.

Underwriters Laboratories has launched a due diligence service to support medical devices and laboratory equipment manufacturers’ compliance with the RoHS II directive. Many of these companies were excluded from the original RoHS directive, but must comply with the new rules by July 22, 2014, UL says.

UK recycling and waste management company Viridor has achieved the ISO 50001 energy management standard. The British Standards Institute awarded the certification, LetsRecycle reports.

Assurity Life‘s new home office in Lincoln, Neb., has earned LEED Gold certification. Assurity Center is the largest of Lincoln’s three LEED Gold buildings, the company says, at 175,000 sq ft.

Blackiron Data’s Toronto DC3 data center has won LEED Silver certification. Highlights include water-free cooling technology, non-ozone depleting refrigerant, a white roof, and 97 percent efficient uninterruptible power supply units, the company says.

The Viana Hotel and Spa in Westbury, N.Y., has achieved LEED certification. The hotel says it implemented strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.

The Hill Library at St. George’s School in Middletown, RI has achieved LEED Gold certification, GoLocalProv reports. Almost 15 percent of construction materials came from within the region, and 12 percent of building supplies used recycled materials. 

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