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ISIS takes home FSC innovation award

ISIS takes home FSC innovation award
 
 
ISIS’ dedication to sustainability has been recognised at the 2012 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia Excellence Awards, taking home the highly coveted ‘Innovation in Design’ Award.

ISIS received the award for their commitment to promoting and sourcing FSC certified wood products for the fitout of their new Brisbane office at Level 5, 175 Eagle Street, which has been registered for FSC project certification (2012, SCS-PRO-004337).

Mr Joshua Bruce, ISIS Sustainability, Safety and Quality Group Manager, was on hand to accept the prize at the Annual FSC Dinner and Awards Night at the Hilton Hotel on the Park in Melbourne on Monday 26 November.

“As a founding member company of the Green Building Council of Australia and a member of FSC Australia, ISIS’ involvement in the continual development of sustainable design and construction principles is a core value of our business philosophy,” said Bruce.

“Given our ongoing commitment in this area, we are absolutely thrilled to receive this award as acknowledgement of our work in helping to promote sustainability in the construction industry.”

ISIS has been assessing opportunities to increase the use of responsibly managed forestry and wood products on its construction projects.

"The new Brisbane office provided an ideal opportunity for ISIS to develop and pilot its chain of custody system to verify the source of wood products, which can now be applied to other projects across the country,” Bruce said.

The decision to register the fit out for FSC project certification (2012, SCS-PRO-004337) set an additional benchmark to the targeted 5 Star Green Star Office Interiors v1.1 rating. 

This increased the level of due diligence required to assess, specify and source materials that would meet the requirements of both certifications.

Despite common views that FSC certified materials are in limited supply, ISIS found that this was not necessarily the case, with the bigger issue being a lack of Chain of Custody certification within the supply chain (e.g. manufacturers).

Chain of Custody certification is critical as it enables the source of the wood products to be verified.

Bruce said that the Brisbane office fitout had provided valuable lessons on how to specify and source responsibly managed wood and that ISIS is now keen to apply this experience to other projects, where clients have a clear objective to use responsibly managed wood products in their fitouts. 
 

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