Verifying sustainability of building products
A new International Code Council evaluation service lets manufacturers mark their products with a seal of approval, so that users can be assured they’re using products that meet green standards.
Since the trend toward sustainability first started ramping up, building owners, designers, engineers, and code officials have clamored for some sort of standards program that better defines what a “green” product actually is. The International Code Council’s Sustainable Attributes Verification and Evaluation (SAVE) program provides independent confirmation that evaluated building products are sustainable and may qualify for points under major green rating systems.
SAVE evaluation involves both inspection of the manufacturer’s production process and, where called for, reviews of independent product testing. Manufacturers that successfully complete the evaluation process receive a Verification of Attributes Report in one or more of nine key categories: recycled content (postconsumer/preconsumer), regional materials, bio-based materials, certified wood products, solar reflectance index and thermal emittance of roofing materials, volatile organic compound content and emissions (adhesives and sealants), volatile organic compound content and emissions (paints and coatings), urea formaldehyde resin content in composite wood products and volatile organic compound content and emissions of floor coverings.
To view a list of products evaluated to date, visit www.saveprogram.icc-es.org .
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.