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.

BASF Drives Discussions Around Sustainable Solutions

BASF is driving discussions around sustainable solutions and was the partner sponsor of GLOBE 2016 in Vancouver, B.C.

In the opening plenary event, Wayne T. Smith, CEO of BASF Corp., delivered a keynote address, which underscored how chemistry and collaboration can help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. The keynote was followed by a live one-on-one interview with Rudyard Griffiths, Anchor, Bloomberg North and Munk Debates Moderator.

“Chemistry plays an important role in developing sustainable technologies to address global challenges,” says Smith. “However, we also recognize that we cannot simply solve big problems on our own. The science we bring is just one part of the equation and equally important is the chemistry between people—such as our customers, the communities we operate in, universities, governments, NGOs and other key stakeholders.”

Throughout the conference, sustainability leaders will participate in lively debates, roundtables and SPARK talks with a goal of catalyzing collaborations that will drive more sustainable solutions. Charlene Wall-Warren, director of Sustainability for BASF in North America, will explain the company’s Sustainable Solution Steering method, which looks at the entire value chain to assess the overall sustainability contribution of BASF products.

In a discussion on innovative cross-sector partnerships, Keith Edwards, business manager, Specialty Plastics, BASF, will focus on the company’s collaboration with major league sports stadiums to drive sustainability at their venues through closed-loop waste management and composting systems.

BASF also presented examples of its sustainable solutions in the Innovation Expo, including live demonstrations of a complete composting system for coffee production, packaging and waste disposal using ecovio compostable plastic.

“The achievement of a sustainable future is dependent on collaboration across industries and along the entire value chain,” says Marcelo Lu, president of BASF Canada. “BASF participated in and sponsored GLOBE to share best practices and identify opportunities where we can work together to address global challenges.”

GLOBE is a biannual conference that brings together thousands of thought leaders and innovators from around the world. The theme for GLOBE 2016 was “Business Innovation for the Planet” focusing on the challenges between people, planet and profit.