The resulting Guide reduces the complexity of navigating two certification tools, with similar aims and aspirations, but differing asset class focus. Industry can now use the tool to assist with reducing the administrative burden of multiple forms of documentation, streamline certification and assurance and improve delivery clarity and efficiently, making complex project certification easier to navigate.
Sean Holmes, Associate – Sustainability at WSP says, “This is a big signal to industry. It acknowledges that today’s projects are complex, but sustainability outcomes are broad, ambitious and span asset boundaries. The Guide enables project teams to deliver outcomes seamlessly across a project, avoiding the need of rigid project segregation for certification purposes.”
“Rarely do we see a project which is a transport-only project, a property-only project, or a utility-only project. With an increasing focus on large scale infrastructure delivery, supported by integrated built form and urban renewal, an integrated approach to sustainability has never been more important.”
Technology and resources are responding to our urban needs, reshaping what is needed to meet our liveability requirements. As a result, projects have stepped beyond traditional asset classes and are blended to suit the way that we live. This integration delivers economic benefits and social value, while protecting the environment.
“The Guide for Projects Seeking Dual Certification supports this integrated approach and delivers on the common goals of certification bodies and industry,” adds Mr Parker. “It provides a shared understanding of how Green Star – Design & As Built and IS Design & As Built rating tools can work together to deliver an integrated response to sustainability goals.”
This shared approach to driving transformation through the Green Star and IS rating tools, reflects increasing government, industry, investor and community demand for independent assurance that sustainable outcomes are delivered on the ground for communities.
“While there is no change to the urgency in which we address global sustainability issues, the Guide allows project teams to work more efficiently and effectively,” said Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation for GBCA. “It is a huge boost for transport agencies, developers, designers and the certification bodies themselves.”
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