Brief: 23 – July 2010 – Good Environmental Choice Australia has been recognised under the Green Building Council of Australia’s new more competitive assessment framework for Product Certification Schemes, after being sole assessor for several years.

GECA is now one of four certification schemes to be recognised under the Framework. Other schemes that recently made the grade are: the Carpet Institute of Australia’s Environmental Certification Scheme, Ecospecifier’s GreenTag GreenRate and the Australasian Furnishing Research and Development Institute Limited’s Sustainability Standard.

GBCA’s chief executive, Romilly Madew said the GBCA had now opened the market through its new assessment framework.

“This new certification reinforces the fact that all schemes can be recognised equally, provided they meet the Framework’s stringent criteria,” Ms Madew said.

GECA chairman Jack Josephson said his organisation was “very pleased to again achieve recognition by the GBCA” and he welcomed the other certifiers to the scheme.

“We welcome the other Certification Schemes to this market because we are committed to the growth of the environmental consumer market in Australia and to delivering a competitive advantage to our licensees, all of whom create environmentally preferable products.

“Renewed recognition by GBCA rewards GECA licensees whose products qualify for use on Green Star projects, and encourages our other licensees in their efforts to market environmentally preferable products and services in Australia.”

A GBCA media statement on the announcement said that the GBCA did not “test, review or certify products or materials used in Green Star-registered buildings. Instead, third party certification bodies are relied upon for testing and environmental assessments of products and materials.

“The Assessment Framework for Product Certification Schemes was developed as part of the GBCA’s ongoing review of the Green Star environmental rating system for buildings.”