New National Carbon Offset Standards for Green Buildings and Sustainable Developments
“Within the Australian market there’s a real appetite for innovation and that doesn’t just mean the latest technology; it means new ways of approaching solutions, new ways of thinking about things, or new ways of dealing with very old, very original challenges.”
– Robin Mellon, Executive Director of Advocacy and Business Services,
Green Building Council of Australia (source)
Following the Australian Government’s launch of the National Carbon Offset Standards for Buildings and Precincts last week, Australian asset owners now have clear definitions of how to attain carbon neutral certification, an important step for green and sustainable developments.
Australia’s harsh climates are driving innovation and expertise in resource-efficient developments; Australian engineers and architects are now amongst international industry leaders of environmentally responsible practises and processes.
Working toward carbon neutrality
To minimise your carbon footprint, a number of factors need to be analysed. This analysis should include material selection (and the materials’ manufacturing processes), transportation requirements and installation methods.
For developers interested in attaining carbon neutrality or environmental certifications, choosing materials from ModularWalls could dramatically minimise carbon footprints of the development.
How does ModularWalls compare?
ModularWalls conducted a comparative case study of the carbon footprint created by the installation of a noise wall running a distance of 1000 lineal metres, comparing the EnduroMax panels against traditional precast concrete panels.
The innovative EnduroMax panel provided a massive 80% carbon reduction project-wide, with dramatically lowered CO₂ emissions.
The embodied CO₂ of the EnduroMax panel is just a third that of precast concrete noise wall panels of the same dimensions; this saves roughly 135.35 tonnes of embodied CO₂. This is due to ModularWalls’ innovative manufacturing processes, which are constantly improved for efficiency.
Furthermore, the EnduroMax weighs in at 146kg as compared to 1440kg (for a 4 x 1.2 x 0.125m product). Transportation therefore incurred only 9.58 tonnes of CO₂ emissions over 1000km, as compared to 74.52 tonnes for traditional concrete.
Lastly, during installation, the modular design of EnduroMax achieved major greenhouse gas reductions. This was due to quicker and more convenient construction, with a CO₂ load of 6.3 tonnes as compared to 16.53 tonnes for precast concrete panels.
In another case study, TerraFirm retaining panels were used in Cedar Heights, an environmentally-friendly master planned community, for their lower embodied and emitted CO²/m² (below).
In conclusion, choosing ModularWalls products ensures carbon efficiency at every stage of the supply chain. From manufacture, to transport, to installation, they are the smart choice for any carbon-conscious development.
Written by Evelyn Kandris