Supporting Partners

We would like to thank the following organisations for proudly supporting SEE Sustainable Experience 2016.

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The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) was established in 2002 to develop a sustainable property industry in Australia and drive the adoption of green building practices through market-based solutions. The GBCA’s key objective is to drive the transition of the Australian property industry towards: sustainability by promoting green building programs, technologies, design practices and operations + integration of green building initiatives into mainstream design, construction and operation of buildings. Visit website.

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A not for profit organisation established in 1873. Master Builders Association is the pre-eminent building industry association of NSW. The Master Builders Association provides representation and services to members and the industry in key areas such as industrial relations, work health and safety, legal and contracts, training and government regulation. With over 8000 members and nine offices throughout NSW, MBA is the only industry body that represents and provides services to all sectors within the construction industry. MBA provides the services you need to successfully operate your business. Visit website.

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The New South Wales Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects represents the Institute’s interests and conducts its business in New South Wales. Visit website.

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The Australian Constructors Association (ACA) represents leading construction and infrastructure contracting companies. The ACA is dedicated to promoting a sustainable construction industry for Australia. Association members operate globally, with member companies operating in Australasia, Europe, Asia, North and South America and the Middle East. Collectively ACA member companies have a combined annual revenue in excess of $50 billion and employ over 100,000 people in their Australian and international operations. Visit website.

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NABERS provides environmental benchmarking tools to commercial property owners, tenants and homeowners. They use our tools to understand and promote the operating efficiencies of their assets. A NABERS rating uses a simple six star scale to show how a building is performing. We have tools to rate a variety of building types and environmental impacts. Our ratings have become a common language in the property market. They help different departments come together in planning and evaluating upgrades. They drive competition in the market. They have helped to stimulate investment in energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste reduction and indoor environment quality upgrades. Visit website.

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Standards Australia is the nation’s peak non-government Standards organisation. It is charged by the Commonwealth Government to meet Australia’s need for contemporary, internationally aligned Standards and related services. The work of Standards Australia enhances the nation’s economic efficiency, international competitiveness and contributes to community demand for a safe and sustainable environment. It leads and promotes a respected and unbiased Standards development process ensuring all competing interests are heard, their points of view considered and consensus reached. Visit website.

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Welcome to Ecospecifier Global… Australia’s Leading Certified and Verified Sustainable Products. Ecospecifier.com.au is one of the world’s best products knowledge base with over 5500 sustainable products, materials and technologies. As a leading global source of life-cycle assessed product information, ecospecifier.com.au links independent information with a powerful search interface.Ecospecifier.com.au does your sustainable products research for YOU (professionals and homeowners alike) delivering innovative sustainable product solutions. Ecospecifier.com.au promotes all sustainable products world-wide and Australia-wide, specialising in categorising products into Building, Hospitality, Health & Beauty and Cleaning Products. Ecospecifier.com.au helps reduce the time and costs of researching the world’s best sustainable products. Visit website.

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Global GreenTag LCARate is a product rating system underpinned by life cycle assessment (LCA) recognised by the GBCA for Recycled Content credits. Global GreenTag GreenRate is a GBCA and NZGBC recognised third party certifier for Materials Calculator, VOC, Formaldehyde and PVC Credits. The Global GreenTag system is the only ACCC approved National Certification Mark in the sector. The GreenTag system and the GreenTag team make it easy for manufacturers to work through the certification process & maximise their green credentials to effectively communicate their sustainability message and build trust and value in their brands. Global GreenTag is operated under Licence by Global GreenTag Pty Ltd. Visit website.

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The Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF) actively advocates and promotes the principles of Positive Development. Positive Development aims to achieve net positive impacts during its life cycle compared to pre development conditions by increasing economic, social and ecological capital. As a member of the AGDF it means you can share in this vision for the future. The AGDF’s vast network comprises membership of sustainable design consultants, building and construction professionals, suppliers and subcontracting organisations. Visit website.

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Building Designers Australia is the peak coordinating body for Building Designers Associations in Australia. We are recognised as a proactive leader on issues affecting the built environment and the building industry. Estimates indicate that Building Designers prepare about 80% of all documentation submitted to Councils for Building Approval. On average, each member designs and documents building work to the value of about $7 million every year. This is a staggering total of $10 billion dollars per annum, or about 40% (by value) of all building work in Australia. Visit website.

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The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) is the peak body of key organisations committed to a sustainable built environment in Australia. Membership consists of industry and professional associations, non-government organisations and government observers who are involved in the planning, design, delivery and operation of our built environment. ASBEC provides a forum for diverse groups involved in the built environment to gather, find common ground and intelligently discuss contentious issues as well as advocate their own sustainability products, policies and initiatives. Visit website.

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The Australian Window Association (AWA) is made up of nearly 600 window manufacturers and industry suppliers throughout Australia. Members of the association have products tested to Australian Standard AS2047 and have products performance rated and included in the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS). You can be confident that products are made to withstand Australian conditions when purchasing from an AWA member. The aims of the AWA are: To promote and advance the awareness of windows as a major architectural component in building design; To establish and self-regulate minimum benchmark standards throughout Australia; To provide a national voice when representing the industry; To promote and encourage ethical conduct and sound business practice in the industry. Visit website.

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Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) runs Australia’s only independent, not-for-profit, multi-sector ecolabelling program and is the only Australian member of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN). Our transparent certification program develops standards against which products and services can be independently audited by JAS-ANZ accredited conformance assessment bodies (CABs). Standards are developed following ISO 14024 principles for global best practice in ecolabelling. GECA’s scheme enables consumers to choose from thousands of certified products and services and have confidence that they have a lower impact on the environment and human health and address important social considerations. We have more Australian products certified than any other scheme. Visit website.

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The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to enable, represent and inspire people to live sustainably in their homes and communities. Established in 1980, the ATA provides expert, independent advice on sustainable solutions for the home to households, government and industry. ATA also conducts research on sustainable technologies and practices and advocates to government to make it easier for other Australians to live sustainably. The ATA reaches a broad audience through our magazines ReNew: technology for a sustainable future and Sanctuary: modern green homes, online resources and events. Visit website.

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The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) champions quality design for public open spaces, stronger communities and greater environmental stewardship. We provide our members – in urban and rural Australia, and overseas – with training, recognition and a community of practice to share knowledge, ideas and action. With our members, we anticipate and develop a leading position on issues of concern in Landscape Architecture. Alongside government and allied professions, we work to improve the design, planning and management of the natural and built environment. AILA represents 2500 (and growing) members throughout Australia and overseas. As a not-for-profit professional association, our role is to serve the mutual interests of our members and the wider profession. Visit website.

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The Living Future Institute Australia (LFIA) is dedicated to establishing a powerful network of informed, influential, and active global citizens who are committed to redefining humanity’s relationships with the ecosystems we inhabit. Joining together as citizens of the planet, we seek to redirect our future towards a society that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. The LFIA was established in 2012 by a passionate founding committee as a visionary hub for restorative programs and action within Australia. The Australian Institute provides training, support, and design initiatives across four innovative international programs: The Living Building Challenge, The Living Community Challenge, Declare and Just. Visit website.

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Beyond Zero Emissions Inc. is a not-for-profit research and education organisation known for its work designing and implementing a zero emissions economy for Australia. It’s goal is to transform Australia from a 19th century fossil fuel based, emissions intensive, economy to a 21st-century renewable-energy-powered clean-tech economy. Visit website.

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Cordell – a CoreLogic company – is the leading provider of the most reliable, timely and comprehensive construction industry information. Our solutions deliver construction sales leads, vital market intelligence, innovative estimating solutions and the latest tender information to the building, construction, and building supply industries. Visit website.

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Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is the national body representing planning and the planning profession. Through education, communication and professional development, PIA is the pivotal organisation serving and guiding thousands of planning professionals in their role of creating better communities. PIA currently represents approximately 4800 members nationally and internationally, and connects with 7500 planners annually. We are governed by a National Board of Directors and managed by a professional administration. We are a member-based organisation with its management complemented by volunteers, who support and contribute to our activities on various levels. Our vision is Leading effective planning for people and places. Visit website.

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Established in 2013, prefabAUS is the Australia’s peak industry body for off-site construction with membership numbers fast approaching 150.  PrefabAUS is committed to the growth of this sector and to seeing its members partake in that growth. Our members include manufacturers of prefabricated modules, flat packs, bathroom pods and sub-assemblies, component suppliers, architects, engineers and other technical consultants, project managers, builders, clients, allied industry associations and academic researchers. Becoming a member of PrefabAUS means that you are joining with like-minded businesses and individuals to help to advance Australia’s prefabrication and off-site construction industry. Visit website.

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Master Painters Australia NSW Association Inc. is a not for profit industry association representing painting and decorating contractors and employers in NSW. Since its foundation over 100 years ago, MPA has been  an independent representative for firms and individuals conducting business in the painting, decorating and sign writing trades. We do this by our involvement with numerous government consultative forums both nationally and at a state level. The Association seeks to advance, encourage and recognise the highest standards of trade craftsmanship and ethical business practice in residential, strata, industrial commercial and historical projects. Visit website.

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Think Brick Australia represents Australia’s clay brick and paver manufacturers. We aim to inspire contemporary brick architecture and building design in all areas of the built environment.Think Brick Australia undertakes extensive research, provides technical resources and training to ensure clay brick is recognised as a pre-eminent building material by leading architects, developers, builders and property owners. Brick has remained popular for generations due to its durability and low maintenance. With its ability to stay cool in summer and warm in winter, building with brick also saves on energy consumption needed for space heating and cooling. Think brick, think thermal comfort, think energy efficiency, think sustainability. Visit website.

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SCA (NSW) is an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the fostering and recognition of professionalism, excellence and harmonious communities in all aspects of strata and property. Being the member of a professional association shows clients and customers strong ethical standards and a commitment, in this case, to providing services to the strata and community title industry. Visit website.

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RICS plays an important role across the Oceania region. Our Oceania operations are based in Sydney, with offices in other Australian states and also Auckland, New Zealand. Its roles within the Oceania property sector are to maintain the highest standards of education and training, protect consumers through regulation of ethics and standards, and to advise organisations such as governments and regional boards. Visit website.

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MyCaboodle is Australia’s leading online digital library of suppliers’ products and specification resources utilising the internationally recognised ArchiPedia platform. The website is aimed at simplifying access to the specification information available from within a practices onsite trade library. MyCaboodle’s online digital library provides specifier members with manufacturers/suppliers product catalogues in a digital book style of presentation (eCatalogue) that all specifiers are used to with hard copy catalogues. MyCaboodle eCatalogues are environmentally sustainable, user-friendly, indexed with a navigable table of contents and fully text searchable with accompanying downloads in familiar PDF format, optimised for quick transmission and printable if required. Visit website.

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Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a world where people live in balance with nature. Established in 1992, we are one of Australia’s leading environmental behaviour change organisations with a focus on working collaboratively and positively. Visit website.

The Make It Wood campaign aims to encourage the increased use of responsibly sourced wood as a building material.  When sourced responsibly, wood can play a major part in helping tackle climate change. Wood is unique among building materials because it is a natural carbon store; up to 50% of its dry weight is carbon. As a result responsibly sourced wood products store the carbon that the growing trees have removed from the air. In addition, it is renewable and it has a significantly lower embodied energy than many other building materials such as concrete, steel or plastics. Make It Wood is operated in partnership with Forest and Wood Products Australia. Visit website.

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The Supply Chain Sustainability School was established in 2015 to increase sustainability knowledge and competency along the construction and infrastructure supply chains. With an emphasis on supporting small-to-medium enterprises, the School provides free e-learning, information and face-to-face training for construction and infrastructure suppliers, contractors and service providers. Companies signing up can access a wealth of free resources and tools to meet increasing sustainability demands and performance benchmarks, and to help build clever, collaborative and competitive construction and infrastructure sectors. Visit website.

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The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) is a member-based not-for-profit public and private industry council. ISCA is the peak industry body for advancing sustainability outcomes in infrastructure. ISCA specialise in the facilitation and development of industry led performance based integrated triple-bottom-line governance and reporting frameworks, decision tools and rating tools; generating communities of practise throughout the lifecycle from funding, planning, procurement, design and delivery to operations and maintenance. The means by which ISCA is advancing sustainability outcomes in infrastructure is through the development and facilitation of the IS rating scheme. IS rating scheme is an industry-compiled voluntary sustainability performance rating scheme evaluating planning, design, construction and operation of all infrastructure asset classes in all sectors linking industry, communities and commerce beyond regulatory standards. Since launching in 2012, over $50 billion in infrastructure and civil works projects or assets across Australia and New Zealand have either been certified or registered for an IS rating. The IS rating scheme is Australia’s only comprehensive rating scheme for evaluating sustainability across design, construction and operation of infrastructure. Visit website.