Retrofit : Retrofit Volume 1 2012
34 • RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 1 NUMBER 1 2012 | Energy Efficiency This article provides an industry update on the Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme: what it comprises, which aspects relate to energy efficiency assessment and opportunities, and some insights as to where in the infrastructure asset life cycle energy efficiency should be considered, particularly in the context of current and future energy efficiency opportunities, regulations and initiatives. The Australian Green Infrastructure Council (AGIC) has developed Australia’s first national infrastructure sustainability rating scheme. The scheme was launched by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, in Canberra on 29 February 2012, and is designed to drive innovation, contribute to risk reduction and validate industry achievements through independent certification. The IS rating scheme comprises the IS rating tool, a formal assessment process, independent verification, rating certification and an education program. There are 15 categories across six themes. The coverage is broad, ranging from environmental issues such as energy and carbon, and social issues such as stakeholder participation, to management issues such as procurement and purchasing. The rating tool covers the infrastructure life cycle, from project design to operating asset. Three rating types (stages) are offered: Energy efficient infrastructure BY ANTONY SPRIGG, CEO, AUSTRALIAN GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE COUNCIL We need energy to deliver and operate our infrastructure; infrastructure that facilitates our growing energy and resources sectors, infrastructure that facilitates regional and urban connectivity and socio-economic prosperity, and critical services infrastructure. Energy comes at a cost – direct bottom-line costs, social costs and environmental costs. This is a typical sustainable development conundrum. Therefore, energy is part of a broader infrastructure sustainability paradigm.
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