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NSF, Natural Stone Council Develop Stone Sustainability Standard

Posted on 06 December 2013 by cradmin

NSF International and the Natural Stone Council (NSC) have developed NSC 373 Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone, touted as the first sustainability assessment standard for stone. It lays out criteria for sustainable development aspects of stone production while defining environmental requirements for stone quarrying and production.

NSC utilized NSF International’s technical expertise as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards developer to help create the consensus-based standard. When finalized as an ANSI standard it is expected to assist in acceptance of NSC 373 by trade and sustainability stakeholders.  NSF helped NSC through the consensus process by gathering and managing a joint committee comprised of key stakeholders to define and agree on criteria for the standard. The committee included stone industry trade associations, quarry and processing companies, NGOs, architects, and government, environmental advocacy, academia, green building and design groups.

Certification to NSC 373 by quarries and processors is the first step in the product certification process for natural stone. Full certification for stone products will be achieved through a combination of NSC 373 certification for quarries and processors along with chain of custody (NSC COC) compliance for the rest of the distribution chain.  The NSC COC program is currently in development and near completion.

“As products with sustainability claims continue to enter the marketplace, independent, third-party certification of products to consensus-based standards can help architects and specifiers make educated decisions about product selection,” said Duke Pointer, executive director of the Natural Stone Council. “NSC 373 provides a needed standard of excellence in sustainability for the natural stone industry and will serve as the first step of the developing NSC Chain of Custody program.”

“NSF International helped NSC establish a stone standard which includes well-defined environmental, ecological, social responsibility and human health metrics through a multi-stakeholder, science-based approach,” said Tom Bruursema, general manager of NSF International’s Sustainability Division. “The criteria in this standard will help quarry operators and stone fabricators assess their internal practices, drive efficiencies and attain preferred status in their markets as the building industry continues to value sustainable products and practices.”

The NSC 373 standard is leading the transition to verified, more sustainably extracted and processed natural stone. This allows the natural stone industry to compete on a level playing field with other industries that already have sustainability standards and enables quarries and primary processing plants to demonstrate commitment to applying more sustainable approaches to development and corporate operations.

NSF International provides certification to the new NSC standard through the NSF Sustainability Division. NSF Sustainability will evaluate natural stone quarrying and fabrication operations in several key impact categories, including water, transportation, site management, land reclamation and adaptive reuse, and management of excess process materials and waste.

Certification to NSC 373 is based on point totals to achieve Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum level certification. Monitoring and periodic re-evaluation is required to maintain certification.

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Grenite Receives Food Zone Certification

Posted on 27 March 2013 by cradmin

The Grenite Engineered Stone Series offered by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has received “food zone” certification from NSF International, an independent organization that certifies products for the consumer goods, food and water industries.  Grenite is made from up to 80 percent post-consumer recycled materials. NSF approved the use of Grenite as a table or countertop for “all food contact types” at a maximum temperature of 400-degrees F in the following Grenite colors:  Rouho (red); Azulize (blue); Raw (tan); Cinario (light grey); Java (brown); Viridani (green); Celebrity (black and tan); and Birch Prada (beige) . Grenite also has an NSF “splash zone” certification, for use on surfaces that are subject to spillage, splash or other food soiling during operation.

 

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Grenite Receives NSF ‘Food Zone’ Certification

Posted on 24 November 2012 by cradmin

Grenite, an engineered stone product from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics received “food zone” certification from NSF International

“Saint-Gobain’s Grenite certification underscores the company’s commitment in meeting the highest food safety standards,” said Sarah Krol, general manager of NSF International’s Food Equipment Certification Program.

NSF International approved the use of Grenite as a table or countertop for “all food contact types” at a maximum temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit in the following Grenite colors: Raw (tan); Viridani (green); Rouho (red); Azulize (blue); Celebrity (black and tan); Birch Prada (beige); Cinario (light grey); and Java (brown). Grenite also has an NSF International “splash zone” certification, which means it can be used on surfaces that are subject to spillage, splash or other food soiling during operation.

Grenite is eligible for LEED points through the USGBC, and features up to 85 percent post-consumer recycled content. Manufactured in the United States, Grenite is GREENGUARD certified, nonporous, and durable, according to the company.

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NSF Seeking Volunteers for Sustainable Countertop Committee

Posted on 14 November 2012 by cradmin

The National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS), a part of NSF International (formerly the National Sanitation Foundation) is beginning development of a Product Category Rule (PCR) for residential countertops in accordance with ISO 14025. The rule will cover natural stone, solid surface, engineered stone, high pressure laminate and recycled materials. It may also apply to concrete, stainless steel, glass and tile.

The NCSS is seeking volunteers to sit on the PCR committee in the areas of countertop manufacturing, life cycle practitioners, and governmental, academic or non-governmental organizations.

PCRs define the parameters of a life cycle assessment  for a particular product group and what to include in the resulting report, called an Environmental Product Declaration. LCAs measure inputs, outputs and environmental impacts of a product across its lifespan, from cradle to grave. The Environmental Product Declaration is a third-party-verified report that may function like a nutrition label to explain the data generated from a life cycle assessment.

Interested parties will be meeting to develop this document over the course of approximately 6 to 9 months. Meetings will take place either in person or via teleconference. And, NSF has prepared a draft PCR based on and with permission from The Green Standard Environmental Product Declaration System and other available information.  The boundary of the PCR will be determined by the stakeholder group.

Interested parties should contact Mindy Costello, secretariat to the PCR committee at [email protected] or 734-827-6819.

 

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