Industry Links

  • Australasian Furnishing Research and Development Institute (AFRDI): is an independent, not-for-profit technical organisation providing standards, testing, product certification and research for buyers and sellers of furniture. See www.furntech.org.au
  • Australian Forestry Standard (AFS): has full chain-of-custody certification. AFS (and other PEFC-based timber certification schemes from overseas) are a way to ensure the timber is not illegally sourced. See www.forestrystandard.org.au
  • Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS): is Australia’s peak professional organisation for people involved in the use and development of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). See www.alcas.asn.au
  • BRE Green Guide: assesses products using an LCA methodology to generate environmental profiles for products and various construction elements (e.g. an entire roof or an external wall system). See www.bre.co.uk/greenguide
  • Building Products Innovation Council (BPIC): is Australia’s peak body representing the building material sector. The Building Products Life Cycle Inventory (BP LCI) is a freely available service developed and maintained by the building industry. See www.bpic.asn.au
  • Carpet Institute of Australia’s ‘Environmental Certification Scheme’ (ECS): is an environmental labelling scheme for textile floor coverings. See www.carpetinstitute.com.au/environment/index.htm
  • Cradle to Cradle: is a multi-attribute eco-label that assesses a product's safety to humans and the environment, as well as its design for future life cycles. See www.mbdc.com
  • Ecospecifier: is a free-to-air knowledge base of over 6000 eco-products, eco-materials, technologies and resources. The sustainable and health-preferred products include a wide range of certified or verified materials, products and technologies. See www.ecospecifier.com.au
  • Energy Star: is an international standard for energy efficient electronic equipment including computers, printers and photocopiers, and home electronics. See http://www.energyrating.gov.au/programs/e3-program/high-energy-performance-standards/energy-star-australia/
  • Envest LCA tool: is an LCA modelling program, which uses BIM to improve speed, accuracy and efficiency. See www.edgeenvironment.com.au/envest
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): is a global sustainable timber certification scheme which offers full chain-of-custody certification. It certifies timber being sourced from sustainable forestry operations. See www.fsc.org
  • Global GreenTag™: is an umbrella certification scheme with dual certification outcomes. GreenTag™ has been designed to be adopted by Government and Corporate Codes and Green Purchasing Policy as well as Green Building Rating Tools (e.g. Green Star) and retail groups. See www.globalgreentag.com
  • Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA): is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which runs the Environmental Choice Australia Ecolabelling Program. See www.geca.org.au   
  • The Green Directory: is a free and easy to use consumer-oriented site for products across all sectors. It contains hundreds of building and energy-related products. It also has a basic set of criteria to assess products and claims to eliminate ‘greenwash’. See www.thegreendirectory.com.au
  • Green Innovations Inc.: provides information on green innovations and resources for the creation of an ecologically sustainable economy and to assist sustainability-promotion for firms. See www.green-innovations.asn.au
  • Greenleap Network: is an extensive email forum for environmental practitioners in Australia, run by Green Innovations Inc. (note: membership to the Greenleap forum is free for the first 12 months). See www.green-innovations.asn.au/greenleap.htm
  • LCADesign: is another LCA modelling program, which uses BIM to maximise speed, accuracy and efficiency. See www.ecquate.com/software.html
  • Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS): is a Federal Government star-based mandatory differential rating system for a variety of appliances and white-goods. See www.energyrating.gov.au
  • National Carbon Offset Standard: sets the requirements for verification of the embodied carbon offsets for products and companies (to ensure that carbon neutrality claims made via offsets or abatement schemes are genuine). See www.carbonoffsetguide.com.au/resources/national_carbon_offset_standard_NCOS
  • PEFC: is the world's largest forest certification organisation. It is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. See www.pefc.org
  • Renewable Energy Certificates (RECS): is a numerically-based, mandatory rating system that assesses the efficiency of energy generating systems relevant to locality and conditions. Products registered include: solar hot water heaters, small green-renewable energy systems (photovoltaic, wind, hydro). See www.orer.gov.au
  • Selector.com: is an online product information resource for specifiers and other building industry decision makers. See www.selector.com.au  There is also a sustainable product page accessible at: www.selector.com/au/sustainable
  • SMaRT Certification: evaluates performance over a product’s life cycle and supply chain using criteria within the fields of Health, Environment, Social Equity and Reclamation. SMaRT is accepted for LEED innovation credit. See www.smartcertifiedproducts.com
  • SPEC-Net: reports to be’ the largest, most comprehensive showcase of architectural, building and interior design related products’. It is a free-to-use site, but does not have any specific eco-preferred section or organisation, or third party assessment for eco-preferredness. See www.spec-net.com.au
  • TerraChoice: deliver business and environmental science consulting.  They have also undertaken detailed studies into ‘greenwashing’ (misleading product information from manufacturers) and this is shown at: http://www.terrachoice.com/files/6_sins.pdf   
  • Viridus: is a forum for green business professionals, which allows online sharing through forums, polls, and blogs and facilitates direct connection through profiles, one-on-one discussions and group collaboration.  See www.viridus.ie/
  • Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS): is a Federal Government star-based mandatory differential rating system for some categories of water consuming fixtures and fittings. See www.waterrating.gov.au
  • Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS): is run by the Australian Window Association. It is a star-based, voluntary rating system for the analysis of heating and cooling benefits of windows and glazing, skylights and films. See www.wers.net.au