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Sustainability Policy

This Sustainability policy outlines BDAA’s commitment to sustainability, and our approach to achieving a sustainable Association.

BDAA has a number of members who are specialist in the following areas including: Building Design, architecture, engineering, construction, landscape design, planning, community consultation, bushfire consultation, condensation and sustainability advice.

Sustainability is at the core of many of our member businesses and, as such, is embedded into all our activities. The BDAA aim to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability through example and awards to our members and industry partners. As our members are building designers and sustainability consultants in part, we are in a position to advise and contribute towards sustainability through the knowledge and services we provide to our members. The BDAA aim to facilitate this process by including sustainability into all our decisions making, by apply innovative yet practical thinking to projects, and by considering the wider and long-term outcomes of our members work.

1. Communication

The BDAA aim to communicate our sustainability policy to our members, non-members, industry partners, suppliers and the public, in order to enhance the awareness of these activities and our commitment to responsible environmental building practices.

2. Advisory and design role

As a national Building Design Association our biggest contribution to achieving a more sustainable future is through our contribution as professionals and designers to the sustainable outcomes of our clients and their projects. We are therefore committed to advocating for the following considerations into all our members projects:

a. Consideration of the ‘whole of life impacts’ in the design decisions and material selections;

b. Incorporation of climate change risk, mitigation and adaptation in the approach;

c. Conservation and enhancement of ecosystems and biodiversity;

d. Enhancement of social and cultural values and connection with ‘Place’;

e. Protection and conservation of the environmental values of water including ground water, creeks, rivers and marine environments;

f. Enhancement of the quality and values of our soils including their contribution towards carbon capture and storage;

g. Facilitate the design of sustainable settlements and green infrastructure;

h. Promote healthy and cohesive communities.

3. Responsibility

The CEO is responsible for implementation, management and performance monitoring of this sustainability policy.

4. Monitoring and improvements

The performance of this sustainability policy will be monitored annually, and improvements identified to meet the targets set by the policy.