Case study - GIGABASE uses UL The Wercs to set higher sustainability standards

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Courtesy of UL The WERCS

The Situation

GIGABASE is a Chinese-based platform that ranks construction materials based on their ecological and health impact. Their mission is to create market incentives for manufacturers to incrementally produce cleaner, healthier materials and explain their potential impact on human health and the environment.

Clients look to GIGABASE for full-disclosure results and transparency with regards to the chemistry of materials. Unfortunately, this process is time- consuming and subject to human error, and clients are typically turned off by highly technical chemical information, formulations and details.

The Situation

GIGABASE is a Chinese-based platform that ranks construction materials based on their ecological and health impact. Their mission is to create market incentives for manufacturers to incrementally produce cleaner, healthier materials and explain their potential impact on human health and the environment.

Clients look to GIGABASE for full-disclosure results and transparency with regards to the chemistry of materials. Unfortunately, this process is time- consuming and subject to human error, and clients are typically turned off by highly technical chemical information, formulations and details.

The Solution

Using GreenWERCS, an automated tool designed to determine the “green”-ness and safety of chemical-based products, chemists began by breaking consumer products into parts, then into chemical compounds and then into raw chemicals. Each step was then analyzed for health impact against three regulatory lists. Best-case scenario, products were reviewed in two to three weeks. Results were presented in simple, easy-to-understand graphics.

Credibility Delivered

In an industry that relies heavily on the quality and credibility of highly technical information, GreenWERCS delivered. GIGABASE saved time while improving their credibility. Products underwent consistent review against the most up-to-date regulatory lists available. Results were communicated through simple graphics, providing visual proof of areas in need of improvement. Furthermore, formulations could be evaluated and re-evaluated as often as needed.

Who is GIGABASE?

  • Chinese-based platform driving the adoption of greener practices
  • Provides research, tools and operations needed to drive sustainability
  • A resource for design professionals, manufacturers and builders

The Technology

The WERCS has become the established global standard for chemical management, regulatory compliance, hazard communication and chemical- focused sustainability tools. With over 25 years of industry experience, our customers include over 2500 companies around the world. In 2009, The WERCS introduced GreenWERCS software-scoring tool that gives understanding to the potential impact of chemical-based products on human health and the environment on more products than any single scoring approach around the world.

Using GreenWERCS, an automated tool designed to determine the “green”-ness and safety of chemical-based products, chemists began by breaking consumer products into parts, then into chemical compounds and then into raw chemicals. Each step was then analyzed for health impact against three regulatory lists. Best-case scenario, products were reviewed in two to three weeks. Results were presented in simple, easy-to-understand graphics.

Credibility Delivered

In an industry that relies heavily on the quality and credibility of highly technical information, GreenWERCS delivered. GIGABASE saved time while improving their credibility. Products underwent consistent review against the most up-to-date regulatory lists available. Results were communicated through simple graphics, providing visual proof of areas in need of improvement. Furthermore, formulations could be evaluated and re-evaluated as often as needed.

Who is GIGABASE?

  • Chinese-based platform driving the adoption of greener practices
  • Provides research, tools and operations needed to drive sustainability
  • A resource for design professionals, manufacturers and builders

The Technology

The WERCS has become the established global standard for chemical management, regulatory compliance, hazard communication and chemical- focused sustainability tools. With over 25 years of industry experience, our customers include over 2500 companies around the world. In 2009, The WERCS introduced GreenWERCS software-scoring tool that gives understanding to the potential impact of chemical-based products on human health and the environment on more products than any single scoring approach around the world.

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