Sustainable Certifications, Guidelines, Standards and Frameworks for Green AV Professionals

Contact the PGAV Resource Center with questions, comments, ideas and updates about standards, certifications, guidelines and frameworks that impact audiovisual professionals.  These include AV products and services, design/build projects, manufacturing and IT.

Get more with the PGAV Green AV Reference Guide to search and recommend Green AV products, businesses, programmers, consultants and design/build professionals.

Project Green AV Resource Center: Sustainable Certifications, Guidelines, Standards and Frameworks

Multiple industry associations, US and international certification agencies and organizations provide standards, guidelines, certifications and frameworks that apply to Green AV and the spaces in which sustainable AV professionals work, including: events, buildings, and more.  The PGAV Resource Center collects this information to make navigating Green AV opportunities easier for audiovisual professionals at all levels.

For questions, suggestions and support, contact the Project Green AV Resource Center directly:

ASTM International

Standards for AV
ASTM E2745 – 11 Standard Specification for Evaluation and Selection of Audio Visual (AV) and Production for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences

The ASTM E2745 – 11 specifies standards for AV services for tradeshows, events, meetings and conferences.  The standard addresses staging, audio, video, lighting and technical production.
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ASTM Design/Build Standard
ASTM E2129 – 10 Standard Practice for Data Collection for Sustainability Assessment of Building Products
For use in Commercial and Residential Building
TCO Development
TCO Certified Criteria for AV and IT Products

TCO Certification Product Areas
In addition to IT products that TCO has certified for sustainability for twenty years,TCO also certifies AV equipment including projectors and displays.

Learn more about TCO’s commitment to sustainable AV: Spotlight on TCO: Certifications for Performance & the Environment

ANSI (American National Standards Institute)
Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC)
The EESCC (Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative) is a self-described “cross-sector, neutral forum and focal point for broad-based coordination among energy efficiency activities involving or impacted by standardization (i.e., standards, codes, conformance activities) and regulations.”

Objectives of the EESCC include addressing standards for building energy and water assessment, energy modeling, systems integration, and communications as well as building energy rating and labeling and more.

Learn more about the EESCC from ANSI.

USGBC LEED (United States Green Building Council)

LEED Green Building Rating Systems                                       New Construction
Existing Buildings                                                                           Commercial Interiors
Retail and Hospitality                                                                     Schools
Residential/Homes                                                                        Healthcare

CEA (Consumer Electronics Association)

Power Management for A/V Network Capable Devices Technical Paper

This technical report from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) articulates power consumption levels for networked devices and devices that impact power consumption.

Joint Industry Guide (JIG) 201: Material Composition Declaration for Packaging of Electrotechnical Products
Edition 1.1
Published August 27, 2012, the Joint Industry Guide for Material Composition Declaration for Packaging of Electrotechnical Products covers materials and substances packaged by technology suppliers.  It includes information relevant to environmental regulations and reporting.
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CEA-931-C R-2012 (ANSI)

Structure Sustainable AV: How Guidelines, Standards and Programs Empower AV Pros
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International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
Manufacturing & Business Practices

ISO 14001:2004
Environmental Management Systems
Read about ISO Certified AV product manufacturer Middle Atlantic

ISO 14004:2004
Environmental management systems — General Guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques

ISO 9001:2008
Quality management systems — Requirements

ISO Design/Build Standards

ISO 16813:2006
Building environment design — Indoor environment — General principles
ISO 15392:2008
Sustainability in building construction — General principles
ISO 21929-1:2011
Sustainability in building construction — Sustainability indicators — Part 1: Framework for the development of indicators and a core set of indicators for buildings
ISO 21930:2007
Sustainability in building construction — Environmental declaration of building products
Sustainable Events/Green Meetings
ISO 20121:2012
Event Sustainability Management Systems

STEP Foundation

STEP: Benchmarks and Notes from Allen Weidman, InfoComm International Sustainability Officer and Executive Director of the STEP Foundation

By Allen Weidman

The Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP) is a rating system and guide managed by the STEP Foundation, a non-profit organization comprised of technology trade associations representatives, their members and STEP supporters. At its core, STEP is intended to bring sustainability to the process of planning, designing, integrating and operating technology systems, as well as reduce long-term environmental impact from technology deployment.

STEP is envisioned to encompass all building information communication technologies into a phase-by-phase, sustainable deployment process. STEP not only accounts for the ongoing energy consumption of information technology systems, but also for the reduction of raw materials in the deployment of information technology solutions and indoor environmental quality of technology-rich environments. STEP also encourages the use of information technologies to make buildings smarter and reduce paper consumption, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with travel.

Now the real work begins: putting STEP into practice and educating multiple industries on the benefits of implementing green technology systems. But do you know all there is to know about STEP? Do you know what it encompasses and how you can use it today? Do you know where the program is heading? Learn more today.

Pulse on STEP: The sustainable technology rating system of The STEP Foundation
STEP: Insight from Allen Weidman
On November 2, at the first ever GovComm, InfoComm announced the launch of the STEP Foundation website.  Project Green AV sat down with Allen Weidman, InfoComm International Sustainability Officer and Executive Director of the STEP Foundation, to offer the industry more clarity about what this program is and what it means for our AV industry.  Allen shared his insights on STEP, its evolution and plans for the future as an environmentally responsible rating system for the AV industry. Read more

SBT: Whole Building Responsibility; Industry Opportunity
Energy monitoring and remote systems control continue to be driving forces in Green AV. Monitoring and control present new opportunities for the AV industry to grow and to push environmental responsibility in ways that help AV maintain its position as a vital and necessary industry in the face of changing technology and the convergence of AV and IT.

STEP–Perhaps we should step lightly at first (Christopher Maione)
The Sustainable Technology Environments Program was launched by InfoComm earlier this year with efforts to develop a “comprehensive program” with an AV sustainability rating system.

Project Green AV Review of InfoComm STEP Rating System Draft 1
Congratulations to InfoComm and all in the industry who worked together to create this first draft of the STEP Rating System.  This is exemplary work and a major stride for Green AV.

The STEP Rating System hits on two of the most important topics in Green AV for the future.  First, STEP wisely focuses on the full cycle of equipment, awarding points for re-use, sourcing reclaimed equipment and putting in place environmentally responsible plans for equipment’s end of life (including recycling).

Sustainable Meetings & Events

APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards

Standardized sustainability standards for the Green meeting industry are put out by the Convention Industry Council in partnership with APEX and ASTM International.

These standards include the Audio/Visual Production Standard, first published in 2010, which spcifies evaluation and selection of AV equipment for Green meetings and events.

The CIC APEX/ANSI standards also include a Meeting Venue Standard for sustainable event cvenue selection, an On-Site Offices Standard for events held at places of business, a Transportation Standard to address the environmental impact of travel and in the event industry.

Visit the Convention Industry Council APEX/ANSI Standards page for a detailed description of standards and to request access to Green meetings industry standards documents.

ISO 20121:2012
The ISO 20121:2012 is a standard for event sustainability management systems that, according to the ISO, is “designed to address the management of improved sustainability throughout the entire event management cycle.”

Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC)

The Green Meetings Industry Council issues a formal event policy for Sustainable Meetings and Conferences that encorporates multiple sustainable standards for sustainable meetings and events.

Access the GMIC Sustainable Event Policy 2012

ASTM E2742 – 11 Standard Specification for Evaluation and Selection of Exhibits for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences