Global GreenTag is ready to help Australian construction companies make buildings with greener, more ethical products for Brisbane 2032.
The Brisbane-based product certification company has issued a press release announcing its development of more robust certification and declaration programs in preparation for the Olympic Games. The programs aim to help organisations access healthier and more ethically manufactured products and materials.
Global GreenTag’s certified products represent more than 150 world leading sustainable manufacturers under licence with its certification and declaration programs, most of which have been designed specifically for the building industries to use on projects to align with requirements laid down by the leading green building programs such as Green Star, WELL and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
GreenTag assessors currently rank products and materials for projects using the certifier’s GreenRate certification program and its flagship program LCARate – a comparative life cycle assessment system that ranks products for their whole life cycle impact on the environment with a bronze, silver, gold or platinum rating.
GreenTag’s co-founder, program director and CEO, David Baggs, was sustainability, materials and energy consultant for 10 of the Sydney 2000 Olympics’ ‘Green Games’ venues. GreenTag was inspired by and grew out of that process.
“It’s like coming full circle,” Baggs says. “Global GreenTag evolved out of the work done during the Green Sydney Olympics in 2000 to meet the needs of the emerging green building design teams who were seeking reliable product information that was otherwise unobtainable at the time.
“With more than 16,000 products now under certification, we are poised alongside the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and Brisbane 2032 organisers’ vision to break new records for integrating sustainable products into the new generation of sustainable property. It is a great challenge, and especially with GBCA’s enhanced Green Star new ‘Buildings’ program and the promise that all new vertical infrastructure and significant upgrades for the next Olympics will target 6 Green Stars and a Net Carbon Zero future. Global GreenTag and our Green Star recognised products will be there to support every project.
“Our vision is to provide certification programs that are continuously evolving and that influence product manufacturers and building professionals to not just develop ‘better’ solutions, but also provide them with tools that enable them to produce and aspire to use ‘best’ products to protect our ecosystems, wildlife, habitats, human health and safety and human rights too.”