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CCCA Joins Environmental STEP Foundation as Supporting Member

Jun 13, 2012

CCCA joins STEP Foundation in developing a rating system for the environmental sustainability of technology systems in buildings.

Washington, DC  June 13, 2012

CCCA_STEP_210x109.jpgThe Communications Cable and Connectivity Association (CCCA) and the Sustainable Technology Environments Program™ (STEP) Foundation, are pleased to announce that CCCA has joined the STEP Foundation Board of Directors as a Supporting Member.

Environmental sustainability - to eliminate or decrease the environmental harm caused by the production and consumption of goods - is a major initiative of many business entities today. The STEP Foundation addresses that issue related to the technology within a building. Founded by InfoComm International® and CompTIA, STEP was created by manufacturers, designers, integrators, and users to enable building owners to plan for, and implement, sustainable technology projects that provide both economic and environmental benefits.

...what designers and building owners need - a user-friendly solution for rating the sustainability of cable products and the processes that manufacture themCCCA is comprised of leading manufacturers, distributors and material suppliers who are committed to functioning as a major resource for well-researched, fact-based information on the technologies and issues vital to the structured cabling industry.

"CCCA and its members have been supportive of STEP since its inception because it offers a scalable framework for evaluating sustainable technology systems,” Bill Kloss, OFS and CCCA’s Chairman said. “As a Supporting Member, CCCA can now participate directly in the development and organic evolution of STEP to include the building cabling infrastructure. We are also delighted,” continued Kloss, “that our membership affords closer ties and collaboration with InfoComm, TIA, BICSI and Comp TIA. Through these alliances, users can rely on best practices that are sustainable, science-based and industry ratified."

STEP fills a vital market need by establishing a rating system for technology projects, complementing rating systems such as LEED and Energy Star. STEP extends beyond certain LEED credits that focus on the shell and core of a building, by adding a rating system for the electronic systems that work within the building. The STEP rating system employs a flexible, sustainability rating scale that is adaptable to any technology project within the building environment.

Allen Weidman, Executive Director of the STEP Foundation stated, “I'm very pleased and excited that the CCCA is joining the STEP Foundation as a Supporting Member. Having been a participant in the wire and cable industry for almost two decades, I understand how valuable and essential their products and services are to the information communications industry. The STEP Foundation will now benefit as the CCCA members bring their collective experience and expertise to the STEP Rating System.”

“Joining The Foundation gives our association and members another opportunity to express leadership in sustainable products and manufacturing operations,” added Frank Peri, Executive Director, CCCA. “We recognized the structured cabling industry had to be more proactive in giving what designers and building owners needed - a user-friendly solution for rating the sustainability of cable products and the processes that manufacture them.”

The STEP rating system will evolve to include manufactured cabling and connectivity products in a flexible, user-friendly framework that is expected to appeal to major building segments striving to achieve sustainability goals. Those segments include federal, state, local government, healthcare, higher education entities and major commercial building owners. CCCA will play an important role in defining how manufactured cabling and connectivity products are evaluated and how they contribute to environmental sustainability. 
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About CCCA 
CCCA is comprised of leading manufacturers, distributors and material suppliers who are committed to functioning as a major resource for well-researched, fact-based information on the technologies and issues vital to the structured cabling industry. CCCA also is proactive at codes and standards bodies and other trade, industry and governmental organizations in communicating and influencing policy and decisions affecting the quality, performance and societal needs of the structured cabling infrastructure.

CCCA member companies are Accu-Tech; AlphaGary; Anixter; Belden; Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company; Cable Components Group; comCables; CommScope; Daikin America; DuPont; 3M; General Cable; Optical Cable Corporation (OCC); OFS, a Furukawa Company; Panduit; PolyOne; Sentinel Connector Systems; Solvay Solexis; Superior Essex; TE Connectivity.

Headquarters: 1001 Pennsylvania NW, Washington, DC, 20004. For further information, visit the CCCA website www.cccassoc.org or contact Frank Peri, Executive Director at fperi(at)cccassoc(dot)org or by phone at (904) 223-4100.

About STEP Foundation 
The Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP™) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing technology industry benchmarks for sustainable energy and materials practices. The STEP rating system employs a flexible sustainability rating scale that is adaptable to any technology project within the built environment. More information can be found at www.thestepfoundation.org.