Sustainability > Legislation

Cooperation on greenhouse gas accounting and verification

09 January, 2008

Three organisations have announced that they will work together to promote their greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and reporting standards.

Rating system makes development green

10 December, 2007

Sydney will benefit from an environmental rating system for new residential and commercial development. It hopes to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste going to land fill.

Standard encourages sustainability in building construction

29 November, 2007

An ISO standard will help to ensure that urbanisation, which is a global trend, develops in an environmentally friendly manner.

Impact of H1 requirement

06 November, 2007

Architects, designers and building officials are among the attendees expected at a series of seminars to be presented by senior BRANZ scientists, Nigel Isaacs and Michael Camilleri, and Department of Building & Housing Building Standards Advisors, Nick Locke and Stephen Ward, in November and December.

Forums examine role of standards

11 October, 2007

Standards Australia will host two major industry and government forums in October to examine the role of internationally consistent standards in Australia’s new carbon emission trading scheme.

Sustainable practice recognised

10 September, 2007

A new sustainability category has been added to the Victorian building industry’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) awards, conducted by the Building Commission.

500 Australian Standards to be cut

28 August, 2006

To maintain relevant Australian Standards, Standards Australia has embarked on a project to reassess about 2000 standards sectors that are more than 10 years old.

Raising awareness of ISO environmental labelling to promote sustainable consumption

04 August, 2006

The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Committee for consumer policy, COPOLCO, is recommending that ISO raise awareness of the benefits of its environmental labelling standards.

More companies reporting on sustainability

30 March, 2006

More Australian companies are reporting annually on sustainability, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said recently.

And the winner is...

07 June, 2005

The winner of our first draw of the 6 GB, 1500 song iPod Mini is Ann Perkins of Roche Mining in Queensland. Congratulations Ann.

Why is the 'triple bottom line' so important?

03 June, 2005 by Margaret Metz

Growing community expectations of the corporate world to keep the environmental, social and economic dimensions of business in balance have led many organisations to adopt a triple bottom line approach

Human health bottom line of sustainability

26 May, 2005

The health of human populations is a truer bottom line of sustainability than the much-vaunted 'triple bottom line' approach, according to epidemiologist Tony McMichael who directs the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University (ANU).

Auckland aims for zero waste

23 May, 2005

The city of Auckland is aiming to have zero waste to landfill by 2015.

'Doing Sustainability' forum

16 May, 2005

The author of Cannibals with Forks, John Elkington from SustainAbility Ltd, will be a keynote speaker at a one-day forum titled 'Doing Sustainability: Moving from How to Why' to be run in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland, 2 to 5 May.

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