Why Get Certified?
- GECA recognises sustainability leadership
GECA’s ecolabel on your products and services provides an independent tick to specifiers and purchasers that your products and services are better for the environment and reduce their impact on human health.
- GECA certification provides a competitive edge
The GECA ecolabel on your product and service indicates a good environmental choice and can create new opportunities for your business. We have over 2000 products certified - far more than any other scheme in Australia.
- The GECA ecolabel is evidence of your world-class best practice
Our standards are developed following ISO 14024 principles for global best practice in ecolabelling and therefore certification acts as solid evidence that your product or service meets world-class environmental standards.
- GECA promotes its licensees and their certified products
Our work to educate the market about the value of ecolabels goes hand-in-hand with building recognition of the positive work licensees are doing. With GECA certification also comes added marketing in line with connecting your environmentally preferable products or services to the wider community. Visit our Resources page to see recent media coverage.
Avoid greenwashing and make it easier for consumers
Doubt that environmental claims are genuine, or working out which claims are important can be a major barrier to the purchasing of green products.
As a consumer we’ve all been there — standing in front of a shelf full of products at the supermarket, trying to figure out which one to buy. And looking at the claims on the pack often makes it even more confusing.
A picture of a leaf that alludes to greenness doesn’t necessarily carry any validity. Or deciphering whether bamboo sourced overseas is more sustainable than a timber sourced in Australia is complex. Research takes time — a luxury the average individual doesn’t have.
There are many factors to take into account for a product to be better for the environment. Its environmental impacts throughout its life, from manufacture to use and disposal — including longevity of life and toxicity — need to be considered to give a true picture; it needs to address more than just one or two of these. Without robust third-party standards, there’s no accurate way to assess environmental impact with certainty, and furthermore; no standards to measure it against.
Third-party ecolabels such as GECA exist to reduce environmental impact through providing stringent standards to which products must adhere in order to label themselves as green. GECA certification is trusted, rigorous and relevant.
GECA recognises that it’s simply not good enough for manufacturers to make their own claims as to their products’ greenness or for them to decide which things are important in making such claims. Verifying your environmental performance claims will help you avoid greenwashing or misrepresenting yourself to consumers.Close
GECA is recognised by the GBCA's Green Star program
GECA was the first scheme to be recognised under the Green Building Council of Australia's (GBCA) Assessment Framework for Product Certification Schemes. GECA certified products are rewarded in Green Star Material Calculators and will be rewarded under the new Fitout Calculators.
Eight current GECA standards are recognised for Green Star:
- Furniture, Fittings & Foam - Level A recognition
Standard No: GECA 28-2010 v2.1
- Furniture and Fittings - Level B recognition
Standard No: GECA 28-2006 (modified 2010) v2
- Carpets - Level A recognition
Standard No: GECA 50-2011 v2
- Floor Coverings - Level A recognition
Standard No: GECA 25-2011 v2
- Panel Boards - Level A recognition
Standard No: GECA 04-2011 v2
- Hard Surfacing - Level A recognition
Standard No: GECA 40-2008
- Paints and Coatings
Standard no: PCv2.2i-2012
- Cleaning Products
Standard no: CPv2.2-2012
One closed GECA standard is recognised for Green Star:
- Furniture and Fittings - Level A recognition
Standard No: GECA 28-2010 v2
Earlier versions of some of these standards are recognised for projects registered before July 2010. For further details see chart below.
For more information on Green Star, please visit the GBCA's website here.
Green Star Points for GECA's GBCA recognised standards
Green Star Fitout Calculators and Material Calculators' credits cover the performance of furniture, assemblies and flooring. Therefore, products that meet the Green Star performance criteria can contribute towards earning points needed for Green Star certification.
Since 1 July 2010, the credit obtained for GECA certified products is determined by when the Green Star project was registered with the GBCA: prior to 1 July 2010 or on or after 1 July 2010. Further changes will occur once GBCA Fitout Calculators come into effect.
(Please note that further information on Green Star Points for Furniture and Fittings Products is detailed in a separate table following)
Green Star Points for GBCA-recognised standards
Green Star Points for Furniture and Fittings Products
In the case of three versions of the GECA 28 Furniture and Fittings Standard released since 2007 (one in 2007 and two updates in 2010), the following points and recognition apply:
*PSC refers to Product Stewardship Contract.
GECA certified products count towards ISCA's IS ratings
The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) is the peak industry body for advancing sustainability in Australia’s infrastructure. ISCA is a member-based, not-for-profit industry council and works to advance sustainability in infrastructure planning, procurement, delivery and operation through its IS rating scheme. The scheme recognises GECA as an environmental labelling body and therefore rewards project proponents who source GECA certified products and are seeking an IS Certification.
IS assesses and rates projects’ sustainability performances by addressing six themes, which have 15 categories and a total of 51 credits. Ratings are expressed as a score on a 100 point scale with scores of:
- 25 – 49 points being classed as good
- 50 – 74 being excellent and
- 75 – 100 being leading performance
All benchmark levels are intended to reflect beyond business and usual performance. The themes and categories are:
1. Management and governance
- Management systems
- Procurement and purchasing
- Climate change adaptation
2. Using resources
- Energy and carbon
3. Emissions, pollution and waste
- Discharges to air, land & water
5. People and place
- Community, health, wellbeing and safety
- Stakeholder participation
- Urban and landscape design
The IS rating tool is designed to assess most types of infrastructure, including projects that fall into the following classes.
- Roads and bridges
- Bus and cycle ways
- Ports and harbours
- Communication transmission and distribution
- Water storage and supply
- Sewerage and drainage
Under the Mat-2 credit in the Materials category, points are available for projects undertaking AsBuilt and Operation ratings that use environmentally labelled products from environmental labelling bodies or stewardship schemes, including GECA certified products. The aim of the credit is to reward procurement of major materials that have environmental labels or are from sustainable supply chains.
Use of GECA certified products can potentially result in 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75 points being awarded towards the overall rating of the infrastructure project.
- Level 1: one material or product is GECA certified
- Level 2: 10-20 per cent of materials or products by value are GECA certified
- Level 3: more than 20 per cent of materials or products by value are GECA certified
Further information about ISCA and the IS tool is available on the ISCA website, which can be found here.
How to get GECA certified
Apply for certification
If you would like to apply for GECA certification or simply obtain a quote for auditing, please complete our online audit quote request form.Close