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.

Australian engineers and architects are now amongst international industry leaders of environmentally responsible practises and processes, with Australia’s harsh climates driving innovation and expertise in resource-efficient developments.


Working toward carbon neutrality

To minimise your carbon footprint, a number of factors need to be analysed, such as material selection (and the materials’ manufacturing processes), transportation requirements and installation methods.

For developers interested in attaining carbon neutral or other environmentally conscious certifications, choosing materials from a carbon offset company like ModularWalls could be a key factor in dramatically minimising the carbon footprint of the development and bring them closer to their targets.


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, dramatically lowering CO₂ emissions across the manufacture, transportation and installation of the panels.

The embodied CO₂ of the EnduroMax panel itself is just a third that of precast concrete noise wall panels of the same dimensions, saving roughly 135.35 tonnes of embodied CO₂. This is due to ModularWalls’ innovative manufacturing processes, which are constantly improved and enhanced to be efficient and sustainable.

The low weight of EnduroMax, at 146kg as compared to 1440kg (for a 4 x 1.2 x 0.125m product) meant that transportation would incur only 9.58 tonnes of CO₂ emissions over 1000km, as compared to 74.52 tonnes for traditional concrete.

During installation, the modular design of EnduroMax also achieved major greenhouse gas reductions 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).

Large-scale development saves money by using environmentally friendly retaining walls


Choosing ModularWalls products ensures carbon efficiency at every stage of the supply chain – from manufacture, to transport, to installation – making them a smart choice for any carbon-conscious development.

Written by Evelyn Kandris


Learn more about the National Carbon Offset Standards, carbon neutrality and the benefits of sustainable developments.

To find out more about our solutions, contact our commercial team on 1300 556 957 or simply enquire below.


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