The Annual Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) Awards returned for their fifth year following the IS Conference held in Sydney from 16-18th October. Hosted by Logie award winning comedian and Utopia star Dilruk Jayasinha, the awards were a celebration of the industry’s growing contribution towards sustainable infrastructure.
Alex Fraser was proud to support the 2018 IS award for Outstanding Achievement in Design; as Australia’s leading supplier of sustainable construction materials we’ve see how a well-planned and innovative design phase impacts a project’s ability to achieve strong sustainable outcomes.
The category acknowledged three standout finalists for the practical application of sustainable design principles on major infrastructure projects, including:
- Metro Tunnel – Early Works
- Sydney Metro Northwest – Operations, Trains and Systems
- WestConnex – Stage 1b: M4 East
Having applauded the finalists for their contribution to sustainable development, Alex Fraser’s MD Peter Murphy announced Metro Tunnel as winners of the award – achieving the highest design rating of all project rated between October 2017 – October 2018.
The 2018 Infrastructure Sustainability Awards were part of the IS Conference focussed on accelerating positive change for people and the planet.
In his award presentation and earlier panel discussions Peter shared what needs to happen to further improve the uptake of sustainable materials across our industry.
“If you want to improve environmental outcomes on a project, clever material selection will have the biggest impact. By identifying and specifying the use of sustainable materials during project planning, a lot can be achieved.
“We know having standardised supportive specifications makes a difference. In Victoria, the spec is clear and simple; as a result, the take up of recycled materials on major projects is strong,” he said.
Early engagement with key players is also critical to achieving the best project sustainability outcomes.
“When government, specifiers, asset owners and contractors are all on the same page, and when sustainable materials are specified during early project planning (before tender) greater environmental outcomes can be realised.
“Choosing high-quality, recycled materials on a project, reduces landfill, truck traffic and carbon emission by around 65%.”
The three day conference brought together like-minded professionals, including representatives of government, asset owners, civil contractors and suppliers, to dissect the emerging issues and opportunities for infrastructure sustainability in Australia.
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