Conditions of your ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICE AUSTRALIA LICENCE

The Conditions of the licence to use the Environmental Choice Australia Ecolabel are as stated in the following sections and under the document called “The Rules Governing the Use of the Environmental Choice Australia Ecolabel.”

ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICE In particular:

  1. The certificate holder shall ensure that its production arrangements for the certified product and associated environmental performance standards detailed in the GECA 04- 2011 v2 Panel Boards standard are maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Ecolabel Program.
  2. The certificate holder shall keep the approved GECA assessment body, informed of any significant changes to its certified product, in particular of any changes in design or composition which would affect its environmental performance characteristics. The Assessment Body for this licence is Environmental Assurance Pty Ltd.
  3. The certificate holder shall give and require the associated product and corporate officer to give the Conformity Assessment Body and its authorized verifiers admittance and assistance in the verification and surveillance of:

The use of the Environmental Choice Australia Ecolabel

4. In order to maintain certification, the following conditions must be fulfilled:

The Assessment Body must:

  • Arrange periodical verification of the product and/or at the product manufacturing  facilities; and
  • Periodically confirm that certification should be continued.

Client organisation must:

  • Make available product and production records for review
  • Use the Ecolabel and environmental claims in accordance with the GECA document called “The Rules Governing the Use of the Environmental Choice Australia Ecolabel.”
  • Comply with the Certification Program requirements as advised to you from time to time by Good Environmental Choice Australia;
  • Have periodical verifications as agreed with the Conformity Assessment Body at product manufacturing and project sites;
  • Implement all corrective action as agreed with the Conformity Assessment Body & Good Environmental Choice Australia;
  • Pay all licence fees within sixty days of invoice (licence fees are non refundable);
  • Advise the Conformity Assessment Body promptly (within 30 days) of any changes to your product, associated manufacturing techniques or activities that may affect certification; and
  • Maintain a record, accessible to the Conformity Assessment Body, of all customer complaints, environmental monitoring records and corrective action relating to the certified product.

5. The Conformity Assessment Body may conduct additional verification activities in accordance with the certification contract to maintain your certification if you change your products, or if we are advised of significant problems with your production system.
6. Verification of compliance of certificate holders with changed certification requirements shall be achieved through either special verification activities or by inclusion in the next periodical verification after consideration of advice provided by the Conformity Assessment Body.
7. The certificate holder shall be entitled to use the Environment Choice Australia Ecolabel in accordance with the “Rules Governing the Use of the Environmental Choice Australia Ecolabel”. The Ecolabel may not be used in an unauthorized manner.
8. The certificate holder shall ensure that it does not use the Ecolabel in a way that could imply that other products or the company itself has achieved certification under the requirements of the Environmental Choice Australia Ecolabel Program.
9. If the certificate holder fails to meet any of the conditions of certification listed in this Licence, Good Environmental Choice Australia shall be entitled to suspend or withdraw the certificate and the applicant is entitled to appeal as detailed in the document, “Good Environmental Choice Australia Scheme Rules”..
10. Good Environmental Choice Australia as part of its obligations under this Licence will undertake the following activities to promote the environmental certification of the products that have been awarded the Environmental Choice Australia Ecolabel.

  • The certified products and their environmental characteristics will be listed on the Good Environmental Choice Australia website in the certified products section, and on the Green Procurement database.
  • A customer telephone and e-mail enquiry service will be hosted by Good Environmental Choice Australia for general enquiries regarding the certification and the environmental attributes of the certified product during normal office hours.
  • Good Environmental Choice Australia will promote the Licensee and certified products at public exhibitions and events and extend other co-marketing and promotion opportunities to GECA licensees.
  • Good Environmental Choice Australia may use at its discretion, the certification process and illustrations of the certified products during future seminars to illustrate the value of the Environmental Choice Australia Ecolabel Program to organisations seeking to gain recognition for the environmental performance of products.

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Why should we consider eco-friendly building materials?

Eco-friendly building materials

Having an eco-friendly house / building is about the way your home is designed, constructed and operates to
reduce its impact on the overall environment while creating a healthy and enjoyable environment to live in.
Key green building strategies include water and energy efficiency, sourcing sustainable products and materials
and using renewable energy. There are so many ways in which to achieve environmentally friendly and
sustainable building results, and our expertise is on the wall cladding, insulation and internal lining.

Brick veneer is not the most eco-friendly building material for your home. Making bricks demands a lot of
energy, and brick veneer provides poor insulation, meaning more energy, to heat and cool your home. Bricks
are heavy which requires a much thicker building slab and bricks are also difficult to recycle. Now there are
much smarter ways to build.

At The Wall Store our focus is providing Eco Friendly building alternatives. The most appropriate choice for
your home will depend on your location, climate and even your block. For instance, lightweight materials cost
less to transport, they require much less concrete in slab construction and make more sense for an elevated
home on a sloping block. NRG, QT and Hebel provide many answers to these considerations as do BGC Fibre
Cement and Weathertex. Call our store to discuss your requirements and then employ an architect or building
designer to help you decide on a building material that will work for your home and for the environment. With
such an amazing array of alternatives that are now available, why would we use environmentally irresponsible
products?

If you are thinking of using weatherboard or just want make a stylish statement, Fibre cement alternatives
offer the perfect choice. Considering the availability of the raw resource, its freedom from maintenance,
excellent product lifecycle and minimum environmental impact, fibre cement building materials contribute to
some of the most energy efficient and environmentally responsible building systems available. Their thermal
values far outweigh traditional weatherboards too. Our range of BGC fibre cement planks offers perfect
alternatives www.thewallstore.com.au
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What makes an eco-friendly building material?

Eco-friendly building material

1. Manufacture

The key points are whether the material came from a sustainable source, such as timber from a sustainably
managed plantation, how much energy was used to make it (its “embodied energy”). Whether it contains a
component of recycled materials, such as QT with its high component of polystyrene being 100% recycled.
Transport fuel is part of a product’s embodied energy so for remote locations, lightweight materials may
be more eco-friendly. Builders and developers are now starting to heavily advertise the sustainability of the
building’s construction as well as the final, outwardly visible result.

 

2. Insulation

Materials with good insulation properties are more eco-friendly because less energy will be needed to heat
and cool your home. NRG, QT and Hebel provide perfect solutions here. Hebel is Autoclaved Aerated Concrete
(AAC) which is basically concrete with a lot of air pockets, making it about a fifth the weight of concrete. It is
long-lasting and provides good insulation and thermal mass and its embodied energy is much less than normal
concrete, making it a relatively environmentally friendly choice. Also consider spending a few extra dollars
on upgraded insulation batts in your ceiling & walls. We can save 45% of our heating and cooling costs by
insulating our ceiling. A further 20% with wall insulation and save a further 5% of our heating and cooling costs
with Sub floor insulation.

3. Longevity

The longer-lasting it is, the better for the environment – and for you. Products manufactured by Hebel, QT,
BGC, Weathertex, are prime examples of long lasting, Eco friendly building materials. Consideration is given
to water resistance, mould & rot inhibition and general endurance. Using these building materials means you
won’t be troubled by toxic and carcinogenic emissions such as those given off by some plastic-based building
materials and asbestos.

4. Disposal and recycling

Is the material easy to dispose of in an environmentally friendly way? Better still, can it be recycled? BGC
plasterboard is the first plasterboard manufacturer that has achieved the very high standards set by the Good
Environmental Choice Australia commission. This certification was offered due to strict criteria set out by
GECA. Other plasterboard manufacturers have achieved this accreditation on one certain board in the range
and incredibly are charging a premium of up to 40% more than the BGC range!
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What does an eco-friendly building mean for us?

Eco-friendly building

For green building to succeed, it has to be mutually beneficial: there has to be something in it for consumers as
well as for the environment. And now there is. The win for consumers is a more modern, healthier home with
lower energy bills. A well-designed home can, without any change in occupant behaviour, reduce energy use
by about 60 per cent.

Research indicates homes that incorporate environmental initiatives now sell more quickly and command
higher prices than those that don’t. The objection that building green is too costly has been overstated for far
too long. Achieving the energy and water savings cited above need add no more than 5 per cent to the cost of
construction.

An eco friendly home is simply a better house to live in. Studies show that indoor air quality is usually about
five times worse than outdoor air due to the pollutants given off by everyday household furnishings and
products. By using eco-friendly building materials you create a healthier indoor environment for you and your
family.
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QT EcoSeries Exterior Wall Corners

Exterior Wall Corners

Internal Corners
QT FullMesh
(AS-3.1.B)

Internal Corners QT®FullMesh Exterior Wall Corners

Reinforced
(AS-3.1.1.C)

Reinforced Exterior Wall Corners

Panel to Wall Sheet Junction
(AS-3.6.B)

Panel to wall sheet junction Exterior Wall Corners

External corners corner bead

external corners reinforced

Horizontal Expansion Joint

Vertical Expansion Joint
(AS-3.4.B)

Vertical Expansion Joint1

Panel to Brick Junction
(AS-3.7.B)

panel to brick junction

Panel Upper Storey to Brick Lower Storey Junction

Note
All panel fixings to be 10g x 75mm class 3 screws or 75 x 3.15 ø or 3.75 ø class 3 ring shank nails with QT Buttons at 225mm centres as per technical manual section 2. Batten fixings should be class 3 and as section 2 of the technical manual.

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QT EcoSeries Exterior Wall Slab Construction

Exterior Wall Slabrebated slab1  Exterior Wall Slab

Suspended Floor1 Exterior Wall Slab

flush slab Exterior Wall Slab

Note
All panel fixings to be 10g x 75mm class 3 screws or 75 x 3.15 ø or 3.75 ø class 3 ring shank nails with QT Buttons at 225mm centres as per technical manual section 2. Batten fixings should be class 3 and as section 2 of the technical manual.

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QT EcoSeries Exterior Wall Window

Exterior Wallwindow head type 1 Exterior Wall

window sill type 1  Exterior Wall

window head type 2 QT EcoSeries Exterior

window sill type 2

window jamb type  Exterior Wall

Window Jamb - Type 2   Exterior Wall

window sill type 3   Exterior Wall

Note
All panel fixings to be 10g x 75mm class 3 screws or 75 x 3.15 ø or 3.75 ø class 3 ring shank nails with QT Buttons at 225mm centres as per technical manual section 2. Batten fixings should be class 3 and as section 2 of the technical manual.

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QT EcoSeries Exterior Wall Panel Soffit

Exterior Wall PanelSoffit Type 1a  Exterior Wall Panel

Soffit Type 2 Exterior Wall Panel

Flush Eaves
(AS-6.3.B)

Flush Eaves Exterior Wall Panel

Note
All panel fixings to be 10g x 75mm class 3 screws or 75 x 3.15 ø or 3.75 ø class 3 ring shank nails with QT Buttons at 225mm centres as per technical manual section 2. Batten fixings should be class 3 and as section 2 of the technical manual.

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QT EcoSeries Exterior Wall Panel Doors

Exterior Wall

Roller Door Jamb
(AS-7.2.B)

Roller Door Jamb1

Sliding Door
Door Head (AS-7.5.B)

Sliding Door -Door Head

Note
All panel fixings to be 10g x 75mm class 3 screws or 75 x 3.15 ø or 3.75 ø class 3 ring shank nails with QT Buttons at 225mm centres as per technical manual section 2. Batten fixings should be class 3 and as section 2 of the technical manual.

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