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Dig Deeper Into Manufacturing Impacts
What happens when a finished product has glowing green attributes, but its manufacturing process has negative environmental impacts? If you’ve been challenged to
specify products that are ecologically respectful across their entire
lifecycle, GreenCircle also authenticates manufacturing processes
and does so on a “per plant
per product basis rather than a
national average,” explains Bevan.
Plants can demonstrate how
their operations reduce landfill
waste, decrease carbon emissions, deploy on-site clean power,
purchase renewable energy
credits, conserve water and use
energy-efficient equipment. ASSA
ABLOY, a group manufacturer of
door and access control brands,
uses GreenCircle for both its
products and operations.
“We want to certify not only the product, but also the manufacturing processes
and layers of our supply chain. GreenCircle has audited and validated our claims for
energy savings, regional materials and recycled content,” says Amy Vigneux, Director
of Sustainable Building Solutions for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. “It is
imperative for customers to be able to research products without the fear of greenwashing. With GreenCircle certifications, facility managers can immediately identify a
product or solution that has been audited for its claims.”
Jennie Morton is a contributing editor for BUILDINGS.
Anew guide to developing a water management program
can help you keep building occupants safe from Legionella.
The CDC recently released a
comprehensive guide to water
management strategies based on
ASHRAE Standard 188. It includes
a checklist to identify whether
a water management program
is needed, examples of where
Legionella thrives, and tips to
reduce contamination risk, as well
as a guide to developing a water
management program that meets industry standards.
The release comes on the heels of a steady increase in cases of Legionnaires’
disease, the lung infection caused by Legionella. In 2014, the most recent year for
which data is available, there were 1.62 cases of Legionnaires’ disease per 100,000
people, nearly four times the 0.42 reported cases in 2000.
To download the guide, visit www.cdc.gov. B
CDC Launches Legionella Toolkit
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