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29 May 2020
An infrastructure-led recovery from the economic impact ofâ€¯COVID-19â€¯should deliver productivity andâ€¯liveability-boosting projects that driveâ€¯sustainabilityâ€¯across the built environment and itsâ€¯supply chain.
Theâ€¯Green Building Council of Australiaâ€¯(GBCA) CEO Davina Rooney has called on theâ€¯Australianâ€¯Governmentâ€¯and state governments to maximise the potential of future rebuilding efforts, once theâ€¯pandemic health impact has stabilised.
“Infrastructure development will play a key role to deliver the jobs and economic growth we will need toâ€¯regenerate quickly once the health crisis passes,” she said.
“Governments and industry have the opportunity to build in sustainability across Australia when they rollâ€¯out these projects.
“We know this would generate both immediate and long-lasting gains because green projects continue toâ€¯produce benefits for generations.”
The GBCA has released theâ€¯Building to Bounce Back policy statement, outlining the potential productivityâ€¯gains and broader community benefits of a reform agenda that seized the potential from future constructionâ€¯and reconstruction.
It notes the 2019 summer bushfires as a powerful example of how growing risks from environmentalâ€¯changes are driving the need for infrastructure that is resilient to future shocks and extreme weather events.
Ms Rooney said industry and government must continue to work in partnership to harness the benefits ofâ€¯futureâ€¯infrastructure investmentâ€¯to deliver the broadest possible benefits both in terms of productivity andâ€¯jobs, sustainability and liveability.
“Australia has significant experience developing world-leading examples of infrastructure and property thatâ€¯is sustainable, resilient, and delivers for broad benefits for end-users and the wider community,” she said.
“Governments should look to these examples of excellence, particularly in areas such as carbon mitigationâ€¯and adaption,â€¯energy efficiency, sustainable design, and ‘green’ materials use.
“These world-leading innovations can be adopted and rolled out at scale in any future infrastructureâ€¯investment to support our economic recovery.”
Ms Rooney noted that good governance must maintain rigor in project selection to ensure productivity gainsâ€¯and deliver a return on investment. To achieve this, business cases must capture whole-of-life and broaderâ€¯benefits.
She said Australia had the skilled workforce and the sustainable-building experience to make the most of this opportunity.
“As we rebuild from these terrible crises, this is an opportunity to bounce back better and build a lasting benefit for all Australians,” she said.
Building to Bounce Back policy statement,â€¯https://new.gbca.org.au/news/gbca-news/building-bounce-back/