Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has received Green Star recognition for six new standards.
Launched by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) in 2003, Green Star is Australia’s only national, voluntary rating system for buildings and communities.
A Green Star rating provides independent verification that a building or community project is sustainable across all stages of the built environment lifecycle.
The newly recognised GECA standards include:
- Building Insulation Materials
- Cement, Concrete and Concrete Products
- Steel and Steel Products
- Recycled Products
- Waste Collection Services
- Sustainable Products and Services (Lifecycle Assessment Based)
GECA licensees certified under these standards will be rewarded for demonstrating their ongoing commitment to having a lower environmental, health and social impact!
“We congratulate GECA on achieving Green Star recognition for six new standards, as well as approval of revisions to existing furniture standards,” said Nicole Sullivan, senior manager – Green Star Solutions.
GECA now has 22 standards that contribute towards buildings and fitouts achieving Green Star credits.
Green Star-certified buildings and communities can lower operating costs and increase asset value, use less electricity, produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions, consume less water, boost productivity, improve the health and wellbeing of occupants and much more.
“Our newly recognised standards promote best practice in areas that we know are of great impact on the environment,” said Michelle Thomas, GECA CEO.
“For example, the production of a tonne of steel generates almost two tonnes of carbon emissions, accounting for as much as 5 per cent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Cement is the source of about 8 per cent of the world’s emissions. Our standards place clear restrictions on carbon emissions, helping the industry to reduce its impact.”
GECA will continue to develop standards that are rigorous, scientific and relevant to key Australian industries as part of its commitment to offering sustainable solutions for consumption and production.
“We look forward to continuing to work with GECA toward a more sustainable future,” said Sullivan.
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