UL Environment (ULE) announced last week at Greenbuild 2009 that it intends to develop standards for sustainability in new industry categories including glass building materials and glazing materials as well as windows and associated hardware and accessories. The standards establish environmental requirements for these building products and the environmental criteria are based on the life cycle impacts and health effects of the associated products.

ULE’s new sustainability standards will draw on input from UL Environment Standard Technical Panels (STPs) comprised of stakeholders such as manufacturers, government entities, consumer interest groups, product installers, users, distributors and testing organizations. These standards will set minimum environmental requirements and create a progressive and tiered approach allowing sustainability leaders to highlight their achievements, according to ULE.

“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, ULE president. “… It makes sense for us to start here in terms of development of environmental standards for the industry.”


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