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Friday, November 23, 2012

Sustainable Design

Australian Paper Sustainability Spotlight

A designer’s awareness of sustainable design

1.     According to this article, HASSELL is one of Australia’s largest and awarded architectural businesses and a leader in achieving good sustainability design.  Name a few of their project initiatives.
·       Creating healthy indoor environments
·       Space Planning
·       Sustainable Designs

2.     Name two projects HASSELL has won awards for in environmentally sustainable design.
·       SA Water building in Adelaide
·       ANZ Centre in Melbourne

3.     What is the role of the Sustainable Futures Unit (SFU) at HASSELL?
It advises each of its studios.

4.     What type of materials do HASSELL source as compared to 10 years ago?
Low impact eco-friendly materials.

5.     What does GECA stand for and what does it offer?
Good Environmental Choice Australia which certify products.

6.     Name 5 websites listed in this article that provides sustainable outcomes for your business and your clients.

7.     Name Australia’s top selling carmaker for hybrid vehicles and what year was the first hybrid vehicle made?
·       Toyota
·       1997

8.     Name a few of the recycling sustainable initiatives that this carmaker has carried out to reduce its carbon footprint.
·       ECOVAS – the Eco Vehicle Assessment Scheme
·       Engine blocks are made from recycled aluminium
·       Bio fibres

9.     The article mentions TED, what is it?
Toyota Environmental Dealership which encourages other companies to reach the same benchmark.

10.   What has this carmaker done to set guidelines and targets for environmental management for parts?
They have put in place a green purchasing policy.

11.   What social, environmental and financial indicators does this carmaker use to verify sustainability reports?
Evidence of environmental initiatives.

12.   Is there awareness amongst businesses to take on a sustainable approach?

13.   What has this carmaker benefited from by being sustainable?
Low cost.

14.   What can the design community do about being environmentally sustainable?
Mainstream it so in the future it will be standard.

15.   After the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster Greenpeace UK encouraged designers to submit posters rebranding BP’s flower logo.  Search the internet for a few of these posters.

16.   What is the triple bottom-line approach when it comes to sustainable design for social and economic considerations?
Plant, People and Profit.

17.   Find an example of a website which declares its sustainable credentials.
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Our community of leaders is working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

18.   What advice does Ecospecifier give when a product is greenhouse friendly?
Make sure it has the government’s greenhouse friendly logo endorsed.

19.   What is the purpose of the Fair Trade logo?
It ensures workers are fairly paid and maintain a decent standard of living.

20.   Name another respected label that promotes environmental performance.
Good Environmental Choice.

21.   What final advice does this article provide for designers?
Being able to cite a government verified lifecycle assessment.

22.   Name the Onyx range of speciality papers that Candice Murison at Block Branding has chosen and why?
ONYX RC Quartz White Embossed 135gsm 100% Australian and 100% recycled.

23.   Research and find the ‘Greenhouse Friendly’ logo and the common ‘Recycle’ logo (three arrows).
 Greenhouse Friendly™
The Greenhouse Friendly™ initiative operated from 2001 to 30 June 2010. The National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) replaced the Greenhouse Friendly initiative from 1 July 2010.
Through Greenhouse Friendly™, Australian businesses were able to market carbon neutral products and services, deliver greenhouse gas abatement and give Australian consumers greater purchasing choice.
All Greenhouse Friendly™ product and service providers’ offsets were sourced from Greenhouse Friendly™ approved abatement activities only. These abatement activities offered permanent, independently verified carbon offsets which represented emissions reductions or sequestration which had contributed to a net reduction of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse Friendly™ provided an effective and successful avenue for participation in the voluntary carbon market in Australia.

I hold Greenhouse Friendly™ abatement; can it still be sold or retired?

Abatement generated by Greenhouse Friendly™ accredited projects prior to 1 July 2010 may still be sold, purchased, and retired in voluntary and international carbon markets. They are eligible offsets under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS), and can be cancelled for the purpose of becoming carbon neutral under the NCOS.

Please note that all sales or retirements of Greenhouse Friendly™ abatement will still need to be communicated to the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE).
Sales and cancellations should be emailed to greenhousefriendly@climatechange.gov.au.
View the list of Greenhouse Friendly abatement providers that may have Greenhouse Friendly™ credits available for trading.

Related information

The universal recycling symbol ( (U+2672) or  (U+267B) in Unicode) is an internationally recognized symbol used to designate recyclable materials. It is composed of three mutually chasing arrows that form a Möbius strip (an unending single-sided looped surface).

Go to http://www.australianpaper.com.au/  for more information.


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