Brief – 12 May 2010 – Ecospecifier’s Green Tag Green Rate assessment has become only the second to be recognised under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Assessment Framework for Product Certification Schemes.

Green Rate, which is one of the two streams comprising the Green Tag scheme, may now achieve points under the Materials Category in the Green Star environmental rating tools for buildings within the categories of “carpet and flooring”, “furniture” and “walls, partitions and ceilings.”

According to the GBCA’s Green Star Executive Director, Robin Mellon, Ecospecifier’s product certification scheme was recognised after stringent independent assessment.

“We congratulate Ecospecifier on this certification, which will help to raise standards for green building materials and methods, and support Australia’s green building industry.

“Ecospecifier’s achievement is yet further confirmation that all schemes can now be recognised equally, provided they meet the strict criteria of the Framework,” Mr Mellon says. “We expect more schemes will be recognised in the coming months.”

David Baggs, Ecospecifier Global’s GreenTag Program Director, said that “Ecospecifier is pleased to continue its long association with the GBCA in facilitating the relationship between the green building industry, product manufacturers and the Green Star environmental rating system.”