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Closer collaboration for GBCA and ISCA

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) will collaborate more closely to enhance the planning, design, construction and management of sustainable communities and infrastructure in Australia.

In signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today, both organisations agreed to increase cooperation and information exchange, and promote shared interests.

“Our organisations share a common mission to advance sustainability in the design, construction and operation of Australia’s built environment. We’re committed to working collaboratively to ensure the best outcomes – for industry, government and the environment,” says the GBCA’s Chief Executive, Romilly Madew.

Collaboration opportunities may include joint industry practitioner events, sharing technical knowledge and promoting the Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) and Green Star – Communities rating tools.

“This MoU strengthens the relationship between our two organisations, as we work together to foster synergies between infrastructure and urban development through the application of the Infrastructure Sustainability and Green Star – Communities rating tools,” says ISCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Antony Sprigg.

ISCA’s IS rating scheme measures the sustainability of infrastructure projects and assets, and can be applied to a broad range of infrastructure types, such as roads and bridges, ports, harbours and airports, energy infrastructure, water storage and supply, communication transmission and distribution. Fifteen categories across six broad themes cover environmental impacts such as energy and carbon, social issues such as stakeholder participation, and management issues such as procurement and purchasing.
 
The GBCA’s Green Star – Communities rating tool benchmarks and rewards community-level developments against the categories of: liveability; economic prosperity; environment; community design; governance; and innovation.  The rating tool evaluates environmental efficiencies – such as minimising energy and water consumption, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, managing waste and reducing dependence on motor vehicles – alongside broader holistic sustainability issues, such as economic prosperity, liveability and health.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with ISCA to further our joint commitment to transform Australia’s built environment,” Ms Madew concludes.

 

About the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) is the peak industry body for advancing sustainability in Australia’s infrastructure.  ISCA is a member-based, not-for-profit industry (public and private) council.  ISCA’s mission is to enhance the liveability and productivity of Australia’s major cities and regional communities through advancing sustainability in infrastructure planning, procurement, delivery and operation.  See: