UL Environment (ULE), a subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories, a global testing and standards entity, has announced intentions to develop sustainable standards for several new building categories: stone; ceramic; clay and glass building materials and glazing materials; and windows and associated hardware and accessories. With these standards, ULE seeks to establish environmental requirements for building products and criteria based on lifecycle impacts and health effects of products within these categories.
The new standards will draw on input from UL Environment Standard Technical Panels comprised of stakeholders including manufacturers, government entities, consumer interest group, product installers, users, distributors, and testing organizations. In addition to these new categories, ULE has or is developing standards in doors and related hardware; mineral board, fiberboard and wallboard; and suspended ceiling materials and systems.
"The building industry is one of the first industries to see concentrated efforts for sustainability including building with sustainable design and energy efficiency," says Steve Wenc, President, UL Environment. "It has been the first to begin to prove out environmental claims within product categories and it makes sense for us to start here in terms of development of environmental standards for the industry."
By the end of the year, ULE will announce the first-ever company to complete the ULE Sustainable Product Certification (SPC) program for meeting the NSF 140-2007 sustainability standards for commercial carpet. In addition, ULE is an official certifying body for BIFMA level(TM) Program, a multi-attribute sustainability standard and for the furniture industry. ULE's validations and certifications also help manufacturers achieve the NAHB Research Center "Green Approved" product seal, which qualifies products to earn points toward National Green Building Certification under the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard(TM).
ULE anticipates drafts of all sustainability standards announced in 2009 to be ready by the end of 2010. For more information, visit www.ulenvironment.com.