It’s not surprising that more and more awards programs in Australia and around the world are acknowledging the importance of environmental quality and sustainability performance. In particular the Australian International Design Awards (AIDA) program has been a strong advocate when it comes to understanding the value of environmental factors as part of the design process and market success. The growth of green consumerism is clear testament to this.
The AIDA includes an Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design which has been running for the last three years, and with great success. A considered and robust judging process involving overseas and Australian designers, as well as other relevant specialists and experts, ensures that the AIDA and the Sustainability accolade are treated seriously.
The judging process for the Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design considers the following:
1. Is the product needed and is the function best served by the specific design?
2. Evidence that the design of the product has been driven by a primary concern for sustainability and responsible design practice.
3. Outstanding achievement in various principles of sustainable design, such as: minimising resource use, including reducing energy and water use during manufacture and use stage, reducing embodied energy and water, and reducing materials and specifying sustainable materials such as post consumer content and 100% recyclable materials; reducing or eliminating toxins; designing for longevity and disassembly; establishing product stewardship schemes; and educating consumers on the sustainable advantages of their products).
4. Evidence of innovation and creativity in the application of these sustainable design principles
5. Evidence that the manufacturer has embraced sustainability business practices across the organisation, as well as encouraging sustainable supply chains
The Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design is an initiative of Standards Australia, in partnership with WSP Environment & Energy, Sustainability Victoria and the Design Institute of Australia. WSP’s Digital Solutions unit is a co-sponsor of the Award.
For more information about the Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design visit the AIDA website.