Canadian Green Building Council

Sustainability - Green Building Rating

The Canadian Green Building Council is the sister organisation of the US Green Building Council. Both lead their respective markets in the advocacy and publication of green building rating systems for the construction industry, certification administered in turn by GBCI (Green Business Certification Inc).
The most recognized of the rating systems is LEED (Leadership in energy & Environmental Design), but this is just the tip of the iceberg in today's world of integrated rating systems, TRUE (Total Resource Use & Efficiency), ParkSmart, SITES and WELL.

WELL is actually managed and administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment.

Nothing to do with the toilet habits of the average 8-year old!

Yes we have all experienced the "yeeeew!" factor on dashing into the bathroom of a home with young family members only to be greeted by the 'horror in the bowl'.

#idontflush was launched as a campaign with celebrity backing in late 2017 as a collaboration between the Ontario Clean Water Association (OCWA), the CleanWater Foundation and a number of local municipalities (City of Barrie, York Region...) as a program of public outreach and education.

The program not only highlighted the issues of Fats, Oils and Grease being disposed improperly, but was also highlighting the growing problem of wet wipes and other foreign objects that when disposed of in the toilet or down the sanitary drains are causing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually when all that junk combines to form the now infamous Fatbergs (Check out the Fatberg Files) that are gaining notoriety.

Learn more about idontflush and the participants...


Committed to Simplifying Compliance, Digitally...

Michael O’Dwyer, CEO of SwiftComply, started his working life as a city engineer setting up a fat, oil and grease regulatory program for food businesses in Dublin, Ireland.

He quickly learned how time intensive and inefficient this process was, so much paper-pushing with multiple influencers and stakeholders. Witnessing first-hand how the regulatory system frustrated both restaurant owners and the enforcing city officials, he went looking for a platform that could streamline the process and more effectively improve and better foster collaborative compliance.

With no success in finding what he was looking for, he set about building it himself. and the result was SwiftComply - the world’s first real-time business-friendly FOGS compliance platform.

“We believe that proving regulatory compliance should be simple, adding value for responsible businesses. At SwiftComply our team are committed to going above and beyond to make it that way” Michael O'Dwyer

American Society of Plumbing Engineers

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) was founded in 1964 as an organization dedicated to advancing the plumbing engineering profession, assisting the professional growth and advancement of its members, and protecting the health, welfare, and safety of the public.

Consequently, their members are actively involved in codes and standards development and the daily engineering of extended systems that incorporate Grease Interceptors.

Canadian Standards Association

The CSA Group, is a standards organization which develops standards in 57 areas. CSA Group publishes standards in print & electronic form also providing training and advisory services. CSA Group is composed of representatives from industry, government & consumer groups. 

Grease Interceptors are defined in the B481 Series referencing the ASME A112.14.3/.4 methods to evaluate efficiency of FOG removal.

Additional sections cover materials of construction, cover loading requirements, tank integrity, product maintenance and installation recommendations. This is the most comprehensive of the North American Standards.

Value-Added Design, Fulfillment & Compliance

A New 'End-to-End' Approach...

A consortium of business interests is the basis of IGT2030. Working across sectors, NextGen has been instrumental in the development of new ordinance in Miami-Dade County, FL and is actively working with sustainability and resiliency stakeholders to align opportunities and roadmaps toward a more coordinated future for the implementation of new development projects and the enhancement of operational performance and compliance in existing operations.

The Interceptor Whisperer

Ordinance Development Specialist...

Ken Loucks (The self-proclaimed "Interceptor Whisperer") began his industry Blog in 2009, while working for Schier Products Company.

Now as an Independent Consultant, Ken specializes in working with Authorities Having Jurisdiction (Regulators) & select Manufacturers to gain greater recognition and acceptance of Extended Capacity Hydromechanical Grease Interceptors. His site contains a wealth of information and offers positions on many aspects of the Grease Interceptor industry. Great resource!

National Sanitation Foundation (NSF International)

Founded in 1944, their mission is to protect and improve global human health. Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF to develop public health standards and certifications that help protect food, water, consumer products and the environment.

NSF initiated what has now become the annual FOG Prevention Conference, bringing together International stakeholders in the FOGS industry. It is typically held in late February.

Plumbing and Drainage Institute

PDI is an Association of engineered plumbing product manufacturers, referred to by the mechanical side of the construction industry as "the drain business".  They focus in two key areas of expertise; Water hammer arresters and Hydromechanical grease interceptors. They publish PDI G-101 and have a number of online resources including a current list of PDI Certified GI's.