GROWING THE SOUTH-WEST | Builder gets a green nod for commitment to sustainability

Builder Sekisui House has secured ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System certification across its Australian operations, in line with being a sustainable property developer and home builder.

It's the only manufacturer in residential building to hold this international accreditation, covering its Manufacturing & Quality Control Centre at Ingleburn, Macquarie Park head office and Queensland headquarters.

The company's Darren Butt said: "This latest certification positions us as the only company with active JAS-ANZ ISO 14001:2015 certification for manufacturing in residential building.

"Together with our AS/NZS 4801:2001 OH&S certification, achieving the latest EMS endorsement has strengthened our resolve to set the benchmark for safety and sustainability. We want to minimise our impact on the environment. Staff wellbeing and safety and protecting the environment are our priorities."

Some of the audited items as part of the new certification include presenting a documented and functioning Environmental Management System; evidence the EMS processes are practically applied across operations; reporting, recording and monitoring of the application's effectiveness is measured and Kaizen applications for internal environmental controls.

Michael Boa, Conformity Assessment Manager at International Certifications Australia, said: "Sekisui House has demonstrated leadership and commitment to developing and implementing the Environmental Management System.

"It's reflected in the level of conformity against standard requirements to develop and maintain a management system for environmental improvement in sustainability and pollution prevention."

The primary function of Sekisui House's quality-control centre is to engineer and manufacture Shawood's glulam post and beams, timber trusses and infill timber frames. It's also used to warehouse Shawood's imported Japanese materials.

Occupying over 7200 square metres, the centre uses computerised machinery, including an imported Shawood combined processor and frame and truss timber-cutting machine.