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AUG 2015

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www.concreteproducts.com August 2015 • 27 BRIEFS ORGANIZATIONS ISO TECHNICAL STANDARD DEFINES GREEN HEAVY/CIVIL PARAMETERS PHOTO: International Organization for Standardization The U.S. Green Building Council will allow principals behind nonresidential projects subject to mandatory 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) require- ments an alternative documentation path toward LEED certification. CALGreen is the nation's first statewide mandatory green build- ing code, covering nearly all Golden State resi- dential and nonresidential construction. The new path will make beyond-code green building leadership even more accessi- ble as the state continues to set more aggres- sive targets for energy and water efficiency, USGBC contends. "From public policy to volunteer engagement to business actions, California is a standard bearer for excel- lence in green building market transfor- mation," said CEO Rick Fedrizzi, as USGBC announced the accommodation during an early summer gathering in San Diego. "We are proud to offer more streamlined ways for projects to demonstrate green building leadership in California." The alternative documentation path out- lines a set of documents that projects may provide in lieu of standard documentation in order to demonstrate LEED compliance. It encompasses measures related to construc- tion waste management; indoor water use reduction; refrigerant management; recy- clables storage and collection of recyclables; and, low-emitting paints and adhesives use. "The development and release of this set of alternative documentation pathways is a significant step in the co-evolution of LEED and green building codes," explains USGBC Director of Technical Policy Jeremy Sigmon. "Leveraging California's code infrastructure and the obligations of licensed profession- als to adhere to the laws of the land, these new streamlined documentation options offer cost savings to project teams while maintaining the quality and rigor of LEED. In turn, projects already designing and build- ing to the CALGreen code will find LEED and its many benefits more readily within reach." USGBC yields to Golden State's CALGreen standards in LEED documentation path DO MORE WITH TRIMFLEET COMMUNICATOR WWW.TRIMBLE.COM/TCL TCLSALES@TRIMBLE.COM Fast, secure and reliable Push-to-Talk communication on one network via multiple platforms for improved connectivity, collaboration and productivity. Visit booth #16 at NRMCA's ConcreteWorks for a live demo! Sept. 20-22 | San Antonio, TX The new ISO/TS 21929-2, "Sustainability in building construction—Sustainability indicators— Part 2: Framework for the development of indicators for civil engineering works," establishes core impacts for assessing sustainability performance in new or existing non-building construc- tion, factoring design, construction, operation, maintenance, refurbishment, and end of service life. The standard is the latest green construction related effort from International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, whose reporting and documentation guidelines back product cate- gory rules and environmental product declarations emanating from cement, concrete and other heavy building material interests. Civil works have what ISO officials note are significant environmental, economic and social impacts—the three pillars of sustainable development—and project principals need to develop appropriate strategies to address them. The sustainability issues of concern range from use of energy resources to job creation and cultural heritage. ISO/TS 21929-2 describes how to use sus- tainability indicators with regard to civil engineering works and lays down rules for establishing a system of indicators. It also explains its relation to ISO 14000 on environmental management, ISO 26000 on social responsibility and ISO 15392 for sustainability in building construction. The civil engineering works standard can be ordered at www.iso.org.

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