9 December 2010 – An interim rating tool for green infrastructure has been launched by AECOM and the Australian Green Infrastructure Council have unveiled at the recent AGIC National Conference in Brisbane to allow project to be aligned for a good AGIC rating once the full scheme is implemented.

AECOM technical director of sustainability and climate change Scott Losee said the tool, called Quick Check, is an automated checklist which helps project teams quickly and easily assess their sustainability strategies across 136 considerations in the seven AGIC categories including biodiversity, economic performance and using resources.

“Designed to inspire conversations around the holistic sustainability of projects, Quick Check demonstrates the impact of elements like life cycle costing, enhancing habitat and creating legacy projects for communities.

“Quick Check also includes graphing capabilities to monitor relative performance across categories and can be updated as the project progresses, aligning it for a good AGIC rating once the full scheme is implemented.

“As part of the Quick Check development, AECOM has applied the tool to more than 20 projects at various stages of development across Australia including the Eastern Busway Buranda to Main Avenue Alliance currently being delivered with our alliance partners Leighton Construction, SKM and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

“Our alliance has performed particularly well due to inclusions such as rainwater tanks, a reduction in lighting and water sensitive urban design as well as measures like a sustainability procurement plan, climate change risk workshop and sustainability training in site induction.

“Now in the construction phase, the project’s high rating of 75 per cent overall (including 93 per cent for economic performance and 86 per cent for using resources) illustrates the impact of sustainability thinking being embedded at the beginning of the design process.”

Quick Check can be downloaded by AGIC members from its website www.agic.net.au.