Global GreenTag releases new Living Building Challenge product standard

Global GreenTag releases new Living Building Challenge product standard

Date: 06.02.2013

Global GreenTag Pty Ltd today released its latest draft standard for public comment, the Living Building Challenge (LBC) Standard.

This standard has been developed with input from an Eminent Expert Panel to support the growth of the Living Building Challenge in Australia and increase the ease with which green building professionals and builders can choose products knowing they exceed compliance with the LBC 'Red List'.

The LBC program was developed by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) in the US and its founder Jason McLennan.  Mr McLennan toured several capital cities in July 2012 and with a passionate founding committee and in partnership with the International ILFI, established the Living Future Institute Australia (LFIA). This visionary hub for restorative programs and actions within Australia is now focusing on providing training, support and innovative programs to Australian professionals.

The LBC program seeks to ensure buildings operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture. To achieve certification, a project must meet 20 rigorous Imperatives (including net-zero energy, waste and water) over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. There are 140 registered projects globally and the first four local projects in Australia include the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong, a sustainable training centre at Illawarra TAFE's Yallah Campus and the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.

The expert panel consisted of Suzette Jackson (Innate Ecology & LFIA Director), Chris Nunn (NDY), Andy Marlow (Cox Richardson), Kathy Madden (Pidcock Architects), Kristie Martin (Viridus E3) and Global GreenTag Program Director David Baggs.

According to David Baggs "The Living Building Challenge GreenTag Standard is another important step that GreenTag has taken to support the leading edge of the green building sector and the professionals leading the charge by simplifying the increasingly complex decision making processes around green products".  "By creating a specific standard for LBC (as we did with Green Star®) we have developed another tool specific certification mark that makes product selection on green criteria, a black and white process. It also makes it easy for manufacturers to communicate the benefits of their products with ultimate clarity," he said.

The Global GreenTag LBC Standard is available on the globalgreentag.com website at http://globalgreentag.com/greentag-standards-and-pcr-development and comments can be made by email to certification@globalgreentag.com until 8th March 2012.

 

Contact: David Baggs
Phone : +614 1823 2827

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