EcoStandard is evolving!
2016 has been an exciting year for EcoStandard and as the year quickly approaches the end, we are already planning continuous improvements for 2017.
A new development is that our certifications will now be valid for 3 years. Our intention is for products to continuously strive for better performance, but have realised that improvements to process and / or design of products takes a little longer than 12 months. Therefore, in the interest of ensuring that we are offering the best for both product manufacturers and verifiable information, we have decided to extend our validity. However, if a product wishes to renew prior to the 3 year cycle coming to a close, they are able to apply to do so!
Once off certifications!
We have also developed a process for once off certifications for those products that are location and site specific. We work in an every changing and innovative space and on some projects, building materials are specific to that application. EcoStandard would like to recognise these products and provide the third party verification of their green claims. This is an exciting development.
In light of the above, we have revised our fees. These are still free to view on our website: www.ecostandard.co.za.
A new website in 2017! Industry events! Much more!
International Green Interiors Awards
The International Green Interior Awards, now in its 4th year, is the leading global awards program that is 100% focused on the integration and creation of green interior products. EcoStandard is again a proud Industry Supporter for these Awards held in Australia. For more information check out: http://greeninteriorawards.com.au/
Feedback on the Breakfast Networking Seminar: What are Eco-labels?
EcoStandard South Africa hosted a successful breakfast seminar to product manufacturers on 3 September 2015 at Hotel Verde in Cape Town. The presentation, by Sally-Anne Käsner, was a highly informative look at Eco-labels, what they are, how they can benefit a product and company and the overall aim of what such labels are trying to achieve. Sally provided further insight into EcoStandard South Africa and explained the assessment process and the benefits of having a product assessed. Some of EcoStandard’s assessed products were present and were provided with the opportunity to showcase their products via banners, flyers and information brochures.
Following on from Sally’s presentation, Jenni Lombard from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), presented an informative breakdown of the Interiors Tool and the Materials Category, providing insight into the categories included in the tool, how the points are allocated, and how one automatically scores certain points if the product has an approved third party Eco-label. Jenni confirmed that all products obtaining a 4 or 5 Star rating from EcoStandard would automatically achieve a level A in terms of the GBCSA ranking system for the relevant category under Materials.
The two presentations were followed by a questions and answer session and then by a light breakfast, which allowed for further networking opportunities.
Should you be interested in finding out more details or would like to be invited to our next seminar, please contact:
Tel: 021 530 1899
Tel: 021 530 1899
Breakfast Networking Seminar: What are Eco-labels?
EcoStandard will be hosting an information seminar in early September 2015 at Hotel Verde. This information seminar is aimed at manufacturers where we will demystify Eco-labels for building materials and products, focusing on the construction industry.
Key topics will include:
– Eco-labels and EcoStandard
– Benefits to your product
– Relevance to the GBCSA Interior Tool
Contact us to be added to our mailing list for future events.
Better Living Challenge: Showcase Opening
EcoStandardTM attended the opening event of the Green Home Improvement Solutions Showcase. The opening event held on 30 October 2014 at the Cape Town Station Forecourt was hosted by Premier Zille, MEC Madikizela (Human Settlements) and MEC Winde (Economic Opportunities).
EcoStandardTM is proud to be a sponsor of the Better Living Challenge. The sponsorship includes a high level assessment of each of the 9 Finalists in the Structural Home category in terms of their environmental performance. The winner of this category will receive a full EcoStandard EcoProductTM assessment which involves the product being assessed in terms of Lifecycle assessment principles and obtaining a Star rating.
EcoStandard was founded as a Non-Profit Organisation by EcoExhibit and Jeffares & Green in 2009.
Showcase Opening – Premier Helen Zille, MEC Alan Winde and Jenny Cargill, Special Advisor to the Premier
EcoStandard and the Better Living Challenge
EcoStandard is a proud sponsor of the winner of the Better Living Challenge’s Structural Home category. The winner of this category will be provided with a full EcoProduct ecolabel assessment to affirm that the structure is not only sustainable but adheres to environmentally responsible production practices as well.
Please see the Better Living Challenge website (http://betterlivingchallenge.co.za/) for more information about the finalists.
The Better Living Challenge aims to gather and showcase the best home improvement solutions for low-income living that are innovative, affordable and green. The Better Living Challenge will culminate in an interactive Showcase opening in October 2014. The Showcase will allow finalists to demonstrate their products, systems and services to the market, and receive valuable market feedback and exposure. The Showcase will exhibit solutions in a home environment.
ECOSTANDARD – GREENING THE FUTURE AWARDS 2014
ECOSTANDARD WINS – MAIL & GUARDIAN GREENING THE FUTURE AWARDS 2014
EcoStandard is extremely excited to announce that we are one of the winners of Mail & Guardian Greening the Future 2014 Awards. The awards ceremony was held in Sandton Johannesburg on 24 June 2014 and EcoStandard won the category: Green Economy Modelling.
This category includes “non-profit organisations that promote economic growth and job creation in conjunction with low carbon development and natural resource efficiency. These are projects that encourage and/or demonstrate the wisdom of investment in the green economy”.
EcoStandard is extremely proud of this award as it showcases and highlights the need for such an eco-label to promote resource efficiency and encourage companies and industries to start thinking outside the box when it comes to resource use, packaging, product use and product end-of-life.
The hard work has paid off and the recognition from the Mail & Guardian is testament that there is a need to eliminate green washing and to promote products with legitimate claims verified by a third party.
EcoStandard and the Ecolabel Index
EcoStandard has recently been listed on the International Ecolabel Index, which is the largest global directory of ecolabels, currently tracking 448 ecolabels in 197 countries, and 25 industry sectors.
Ecolabel Index provides data and guidance to power sound ecolabel choices. Ecolabel Index prides itself on providing markets with trustworthy and accessible information for the ecolabel market. The Ecolabel Indexplatform collects and structures data on ecolabels globally, increasing transparency and helping buyers and sellers use them more effectively (www.ecolabelindex.com).
EcoStandard’s new Product Assessment
ECOSTANDARD PRESS RELEASE – JANUARY 2014
ECOSTANDARD’S NEW PRODUCT ASSESSMENT – NOVATOP SYSTEM
EcoStandard is excited to announce that we are currently assessing the Novatop System from HWZ International SA (Pty) Ltd (HWZI). Once the assessment process is complete, the product will be awarded an official EcoProduct rating and certificate, which will clearly display the sustainability credentials for consumers wanting to use more sustainable building products.
EcoStandard is the first South African Ecolabel for products in the building and construction industry and aims to be the trusted certification body for the setting of environmental standards of excellence when rating a building product within our local building sector.
Latest product being assessed by EcoStandard for the EcoProduct Label
HWZ International SA
HWZI is a distributor of the Novatop System, which is a comprehensive and versatile building system based on large format components manufactured from cross-laminated solid wood. The system is suitable for family homes and apartment buildings, as well as for reconstructions, additions, extensions, etc. It enables partial deliveries of walls or roofs as well as a comprehensive solution for the whole building. The Novatop System meets the strict criteria for a range of international certifications, hence HWZI’s drive to ensure that the system is certified within the South African market, highlighting and endorsing the product’s environmental and sustainable standards.
Note: HWZI will be hosting the 4th Wood Conference on 11 February 2014 at the CTICC in Cape Town, which will focus on sustainability and its global process. For further information visit http://www.novatop-system.cz/en/4th-wood-conference/.
EcoStandard’s ecolabelling process ensures that the product undergoes a comprehensive assessment based on a Life-cycle Analysis (LCA) (cradle-to-grave) approach prior to awarding the EcoProduct star rating and Ecolabel, should the product meet required standards. HWZI is a forerunner in certifying their ‘green’ claims that their product is environmentally sustainable through this comprehensive LCA principle based assessment. The EcoProduct Ecolabel can be displayed on the product, enabling consumers to have a comprehensive understanding of the products environmental impact, assisting consumers in purchasing validated sustainable products.
In August 2013, EcoStandard awarded its first EcoProduct Ecolabel to Xanita. See the EcoProduct rating at http://www.ecostandard.co.za/wp/certified-products.
Photo: First Novatop System house in Africa – walls completed in 5 days.
EcoStandard has committed to the 110% programme of the Western Cape Government in order to stimulate the Green Economy and received their flag on 4 June 2013 from the Premier Helen Zille at a prestigious event at the VPUU centre in Khayelitsha.
EcoStandard is an independent, third party Eco-Label for to evaluate building products. EcoStandard is Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) started by Jeffares & Green and Eco Exhibit.
See www.ecostandard.co.za for further information, or contact Sally-Anne Käsner / Chris Wise at Jeffares & Green
EcoStandard press release April 2013
Client: Eco Exhibit
Project: Eco Standard press release
Date: April 2013
CREATING A CULTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA’S BUILDING INDUSTRY
EcoStandard, the first South African Eco label for products in the building and construction industry, aims to be the trusted certification body for the setting of environmental standards of excellence when rating a product, manufacturer and/ or service provider within our local building sector.
Currently there are no locally originated assessment tools available; hence the founding of EcoStandard. Registered as a non-profit organisation (NPO), it aims to design and launch the very first South African criteria and assessment tool, which will be third-party audited and verified to rate and certify the legitimacy of green claims.
Through this, EcoStandard intends to establish a portfolio of certified and rated products all of whom will have received an EcoStandard EcoProduct label. By providing both the trade and consumer market with clear and useful information through this portfolio, EcoStandard aims to assist in eliminating fraudulent and dishonest marketing claims.
Originally conceptualised and driven by Rayne Neave; founder of Eco Exhibit, a permanent exhibition space providing developers and builders with an opportunity to view eco-friendly products and services in one convenient setting, it has since been joined by Jefferas & Green, a diverse engineering and environmental consulting firm. Their combined vision is to create a culture of environmental excellence in South Africa’s building industry by providing a trusted certification body.
The building industry has increasingly been moving towards sustainable development accompanied by market demand for eco products, materials and services. However, the ability to distinguish between a legitimate eco product and one that is not remains a grey area, allowing for green washing to discredit the genuine supplier. This is of huge concern within the professional building sector.
The initial target are “early-adopters” within the building and construction industry, namely companies who are already producing environmentally responsible products and have identified the need for a credible way of conveying this information to their consumers, via a third-party audit.
EcoStandard is confident that in setting high environmental standards, represented through a trusted brand mark, namely EcoStandard, it will help to decrease green washing whilst increasing the demand for, and confidence in, certified products and practices. Their objective is to connect and engage with government, major corporations and consumers at large to encourage the need for all sectors to participate in the movement towards environmentally responsible consumerism and choices that will ultimately benefit people and planet.
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Eco Exhibit is a permanent exhibition space allowing developers and builders an opportunity to view eco-friendly products and services in one convenient setting at Northgate Estate (Ysterplaat), Cape Town, and serves as a marketing and information hub to promote and encourage sustainable developments. It is privately owned and managed by Rayne Neave, granddaughter of Laurie Wale – a pioneer in the South African building industry. A touch screen service with online exhibitor portfolios helps orientate visitors while a product consultancy service is offered by Eco Exhibit’s staff. There is no admission fee and the centre is open daily.
For more information, please contact:
021 510 4000
084 702 3824
Dummett & Co.
021 418 2466
083 355 6769