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EarthCheck Launches New Global Design Tool

October 7, 2013 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

EarthCheck today released a new version of its Global Building Planning and Design Standard. The Standard sets out the requirements for facilitating and assessing the design, construction and management of sustainable buildings and associated infrastructure.
541605EarthCheck products and science are recognised worldwide as leading the way with performance based design and operational standards for the world’s tourism and travel sector.

Chairman of the EarthCheck Research Institute, Professor David Simmons congratulated EarthCheck and EC3 Global on the release of the new Building Planning and Design Standard (BPDS) and the Precinct Planning and Design Standard (PPDS), “EarthCheck is to be commended for continuing to raise the bar in encouraging sustainable design and innovation for integrated resort developments and their associated infrastructure”.

“Good design needs to be holistic, incorporate performance based operational metrics and take a whole of systems approach” says Professor Simmons.

The Precinct/Building Planning and Design Standards were originally developed by researchers from the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism (STCRC) in Australia in 2004. The STCRC was the world’s largest dedicated research centre specialising in sustainable tourism and travel. EC3 Global now owns and manages the EarthCheck program which now operates in over 70 countries.

The new standards have benefited from the professional guidance and advice of leading industry practitioners and researchers in the building and design field. The research teams were put together with the assistance of the EarthCheck Research Institute which is a non-for-profit company established to provide advice on leading research and sustainability issues facing the travel and tourism sector.

EarthCheck standards are based on Agenda 21 principles and are structured to promote a holistic and systems based approach to design which can help achieve economic, social and improved ecological outcomes for each project. As Professor Janis Birkeland from Auckland University says “holistic design can help a project give more back to the community and environment than it takes.”

EarthCheck this week appointed a dedicated General Manager to work with its clients to assist them to deliver the PPDS/BPDS.

“We are excited to welcome Bridget Kelly to the EC3 Global/EarthCheck team,” says Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global/EarthCheck.

“Bridget is an experienced project engineer with hands on experience in the building technology, environmental design and certification field.”” Bridget will work with our Planning and Consulting team and our auditors to assist our clients to achieve the best outcomes from mixed use and integrated resort projects.

Leading resort developers and designers such Banyan Tree, Alila Hotels & Resorts, Paramount Hotels & Resorts, WOHA, GPS and DAMAC use EarthCheck Standards to minimise their footprint and to achieve ongoing operational savings through reduced energy and water consumption and waste to landfill after commissioning.

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