Steel suppliers impacted by proposed policy changes requiring builders and developers to build more low carbon, resilient and equitable buildings will benefit from the ASI’s SSA certification program. Among the eight key recommendations in the Property Council of Australia and Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Every Building Counts 2.0 federal policy plan:
To achieve these obligations, government and project proponents will increasingly require more sustainable or ‘Green Star approved’ building products and materials. The SSA certification program meets this obligation by assuring steel suppliers are meeting best practice environmental social and governance standards in fabricating or processing their finished steel products, and the steel feedstock is sourced from responsible steelmakers that are actively reducing their carbon emissions during manufacturing of semi-finished products. It also rewards and encourages the development Environmental Product Descriptions (EPDs) that provide transparent and comparable measurement of the carbon impacts for steel products.