Your questions answered about embodied carbon and scope three emissions. Alex Herridge is something of an expert on embodied carbon. He works for one of the water utilities in the UK – Welsh Water. Herridge’s job is to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. He’s employed by The Capital Delivery Alliance, a group of six companies […]
More and more developers want to cut down the life cycle and embodied carbon of their projects – the greenhouse gas emissions caused by producing and delivering materials and construction at the site, and by their in-use and end-of-life phases.
Sustainability in supply chains can be an awkward business if the scope of investigations ventures beyond carbon emissions or forced labour.
It looks like we, the sustainability/climate activist/voting public, are not the only ones making (or not making) new years resolutions ahead of the political stoush we have to have (over and over). In preparation for fending off the inevitable and growing pressure points, enviro pollies around the country got in early with their new year’s […]
Cement production is the third-most polluting industry in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, behind chemicals/petrochemicals and iron and steel.
While the many benefits of timber products are recognised in a range of ways by rating tools and analysis, there will always be room for improvement. Some systems take a holistic view of timber, considering aesthetics, social benefits and carbon sequestration, while others focus only on its environmental impact as a material. One thing all […]
I watched the livestream from CSIRO as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched the government’s Innovation Statement – otherwise known as the National Innovation and Science Agenda. I watched, that is, until the feed died.
Product stewardship – it’s a term right up there with “we aim to minimise our impact on the environment” in company green PR-speak. But there are many experts in the sustainability sector who are concerned that such claims are not being reflected in reality.
One of the biggest scandals in the property industry is the rampant waste of defits when tenants move offices. Furniture and fittings are typically sent to landfill, despite often having years of life left. Now the Sydney Industrial Ecology Network – a collaboration between Edge Environment, the NSW Environment Protection Authority and the Better Buildings […]
The churn from office fit-outs is a huge waste of resources, with often perfectly good equipment and furniture tossed to landfill, at great cost. Now the Sydney Industrial Ecology Network, funded by a grant from the NSW Environment Protection Authority, has started a program to map a new pathway. First to get aboard is DEXUS. […]
International sustainability performance consultancy PE International has teamed up with the Timber Development Association to create environmental product declarations for Australian timber products including sawn hardwood and softwood, particleboard, medium density fibreboard, plywood and veneered boards.
By Willow Aliento and Tina Perinotto
31 April 2014 — PVC is big business in buildings. Here in Australia, 75 per cent of PVC produced is used in built environment applications. But the issue of PVC is complex. Concerns exist over the environmental and health implications of PVC manufacture, use and disposal.
16 February 2012 – The use of life cycle assessment in the building products industry has suffered a setback with the winding back of the Building Products Innovation Council from the end of this month. While the BPIC board says there will be no impact on the Building Products Life Cycle Inventory launched last year […]
Bad news on building products, plugging up the rabbit holes, and calls to change the EUA rules in Victoria 16 February 2012 – The Building Products Life Cycle Inventory goes to the heart of the sustainable property industry: the understanding and measurement of the life cycle impact of building materials. It’s in trouble. In this […]
7 April 2011 – Special Report: Building materials are on the cusp of a major revolution driven by demand for more sustainable products and processes. And the tools used to assess their sustainable credentials are an integral part of this revolution. It is a complex world full of acronyms such as LCA, BIM and LCI […]
6 May 2011 – Following is an extract on PVC from the New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust for its proposed licence criteria for interior lining products for buildings, published last year. Environmental and health concerns about PVC 9,10,11, There are a number of concerns about PVC, including: the use of chlorine. PVC production is the largest […]
11 March 2011 – Updated 7 April 2011 – The bar for sustainable construction has just been raised. Australia now has the first scientifically reliable and independently validated database for life cycle assessment of building products and its developers say the impact will be impressive. The Building Products Innovation Council’s Life Cycle Inventory, flagged by […]