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UL Announces Launch of SPOT Add-in for REVIT®, a Digital Tool for Architects and Designers to Work Efficiently in BIM

MARIETTA, Ga., November 8, 2017– UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, today announced the launch of SPOT add-in for REVIT®. This free tool gives AutoDesk® Revit® users the ability to access product data from SPOT and assign it directly to their project. [...]

UL Launches Wellness Certification for Products

MARIETTA, Ga., November 2, 2017 – With the global rise of obesity, disease, inactivity, asthma and depression, the critical importance of wellness is coming into focus. At a time when people spend upwards of 90 percent of their time indoors, architects, designers, construction and business communities alike are taking a second look at the indoor environments where we live, work and play to evaluate how these environments impact human health and wellness. [...]

New UL Initiative Increases Supply Chain Transparency for Purchasers and Supports Manufacturer Efforts to Address Human Rights Abuses

MARIETTA, Ga., September 21, 2017 – UL Environment, a division of UL, LLC (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, announced today they are collecting data to identify products made by manufacturers that have policies and procedures in place to protect against human rights abuses throughout their supply chain. This information is displayed as search criteria in UL’s widely used product sustainability database, SPOT. [...]

UL Environment Recognized by the US EPA as a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifier

MARIETTA, Ga., June 20, 2017 – UL Environment, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, announced official recognition as a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifier (TPC) under the U.S. [...]

UL Environment Joins Board of Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

  MARIETTA, Ga., December 15, 2016 – UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, announced today that UL Environment’s Craig Rowlands, PhD, DABT, senior toxicologist, will serve as an advisory board member of Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) and UL Environment’s Anne Bonhoff, PhD, global head of chemistry, will serve as an advisory board member of the European branch (CAAT-Europe) located at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Led by Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD, the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Professor and Chair for Evidence-Based Toxicology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, CAAT is dedicated to research, validation and advancement of alternative methods of testing, and has been operating in the U. [...]

UL and QUATEST3 Sign Alliance Agreement to Develop Furniture Testing and Emissions Laboratory in Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM, October 18, 2016 — UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and QUATEST3 (Quality Assurance and Testing Center 3) today announced the signing of an Alliance Agreement to develop a furniture and chemical emissions testing laboratory in Vietnam. The goal of the agreement is to provide a world-class product testing facility and expertise in regulations that will enable Vietnamese furniture manufacturers to expand their business into global markets. “The Vietnamese furniture market is poised for tremendous global growth and QUATEST3 is an ideal partner for UL to develop a local laboratory,” said Alberto Uggetti, vice president and general manager, UL Environment. [...]

UL Environment and International WELL Building Institute™ Form Relationship to Promote Healthier Building Practices by Improving Indoor Air Quality

MARIETTA, GA., October 4, 2016 — UL Environment, a business division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) today announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations in an effort to drive public awareness of, and increase global demand for, healthier buildings. The organizations will collaborate to limit exposure to harmful chemicals for occupants of buildings while promoting holistic approaches to designing, constructing and operating healthier buildings. [...]

UL Introduces SPOT™ Online Database– The Largest Credible Product Sustainability Information Tool

MARIETTA, GA., October 5, 2016 — UL today introduced SPOT™, a web-based product sustainability information tool that will facilitate the selection of credible green products and enable the design community to apply that information into the Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow. Currently featuring more than 40,000 products, SPOT database will be a first of its kind tool for architects, designers and specifiers to identify products by sustainable attributes, MasterFormat product codes and building rating system credits such as LEED v4 and the WELL Building Standard™. [...]

UL Launches the Product Lens™ Report, a New Comprehensive Chemical Disclosure Tool

UL has launched Product Lens™, a chemical disclosure tool that provides context and clarity for construction materials manufacturers, architects and designers to meet green building demands. The demand for sustainable products is evolving. The Product Lens report helps communicate a product’s potential hazards to human health and the environment while simultaneously signaling trust and legitimacy to buyers demanding green products. [...]

UL Offers Industry’s First Certification Program for BIFMA Performance Standards

UL is now offering the first and only program that certifies that a product meets BIFMA performance standards for furniture. Now, furniture manufacturers can achieve certification from a trusted third-party certifier that demonstrates products meet industry performance and durability requirements. Certification allows you to meet a variety of purchasing requirements, such as GSA specifications, and use of the UL mark on your products and promotional materials. [...]