New Chairman of the Board!
EcoStandard South Africa has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a conceptual idea to a proudly South African, trusted eco-label for materials. We are proud to announce that the Board of EcoStandard South Africa has elected Professor Harro von Blottnitz the new Chairperson of the Board. He succeeds Sally-Anne Kasner, who will continue to lead the management committee and operate the day-to-day activities.
Proudly South African!
EcoStandard has recently become a member of Proudly South African and we are honoured to be recognised as a local initiative.
GBCSA Convention 2017 – Dare to Lead
EcoStandard attended the GBCSA Convention and were excited to see the growing number of green buildings year-on-year, with some really inspiring buildings right here in South Africa. There are a number of key companies at the forefront, providing more resilient materials and products, so don’t get left behind!
We are proud to be part of the Dare to Lead movement and look forward to what 2018 holds as we begin to build more resilient cities. Let us help you start your journey of future proofing your products and materials, it makes business sense.
EcoStandard South Africa – Latest Updates
Congratulations to Superfine Pigment Colours 100% natural pigments for obtaining three 3-Star EcoStandard EcoProduct labels for their Yellow, Red and Black natural pigments and associated colour blends as follows:
Yellow 4*, Yellow 24/4* and Yellow A47
Red A7, Red L950, Red IMR2 and Spanish Red
Black 321 and Black 300.
The pigment colours have a wide range of applications and can be used in watercolour paints and washes, polish, varnish, grouting, soap and paper-making.
Just a reminder from the GBCSA website…
“Recognised Product certification organisations
The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) will not test, review or certify products or materials, only building projects. Instead, the Green Building Council will rely on credible, third party certification bodies as and when such bodies are formed.
Product certification schemes are assessed against the criteria stipulated in the GBCSA Product Certification Scheme – Assessment Tool
This document – GBCSA’s Evaluation of Product Certification Schemes – Rev 7 outlines the list of recognised product certification schemes as well as the process to be duly followed by other parties seeking recognition.
As a member of the Green Building CouncilSA, your company will enjoy specially negotiated discounts on your product assessments or certifications with Ecostandard and Ecospecifier.”
These Organisations have certified EcoProducts through EcoStandard.
To view the certificates http://ecostandard.co.za/wp/certified-products/
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 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 – 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 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.
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
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.