Putting the environment first with international certification
Sekisui House is proud to announce they have secured ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System (EMS) certification across its Australian business operations, further cementing its reputation as being one of the nation’s most sustainable property developers and home builders.
The company is the only manufacturer in the residential construction industry to hold this highly regarded international accreditation, covering its Macquarie Park corporate head office, Queensland headquarters and Manufacturing & Quality Control Centre in Ingleburn, New South Wales.
Darren Butt, Sekisui House Australia’s WHS&E Manager said, “Sekisui House and our SHAWOOD products continue to be industry leaders for innovation and compliance. This latest certification positions Sekisui House as the only company with active JAS-ANZ ISO 14001:2015 certification for manufacturing in the residential construction industry.
“Together with our AS/NZS 4801:2001 OH&S certification, achieving the latest EMS endorsement has strengthened our resolve to set the benchmark for safety and environmental sustainability.”
He added, “Sekisui House is globally committed to leading environmental sustainability. Achieving the latest certifications aligns with our international values. The new certification further highlights Sekisui House’s commitment to being a responsible and sustainable company focused on minimising our impact on the environment.”
“Maintaining the wellbeing and safety of our staff as well as protecting the environment are core company values. These certifications reinforce our holistic approach in construction and manufacturing. We lead the industry in our designs, products and manufacturing processes, which is achieved by ensuring safety and environmental compliance is applied throughout every stage.”
Some of the audited items as part of the ISO 14001:2015 certification include presenting a documented and functioning Environmental Management System (EMS); evidence that the EMS processes are practically applied throughout business operations; reporting, recording and monitoring of the application’s effectiveness is measured and Kaizen applications for internal environmental controls.
Michael Boa, Conformity Assessment Manager at International Certifications Australia comments, “Sekisui House has demonstrated leadership and commitment to developing and implementing the Environmental Management System. This is reflected in the strong level of conformity against standard requirements to develop and maintain a management system for environmental improvement in sustainability and prevention of pollution.
“Audits of the Ingleburn Manufacturing and Quality Control Centre, provided an insight into Sekisui House’s commitment to implementing this certification, through the presentation of a clean and functional factory for employees, high levels of alignment with waste recycling and many operational practices in environmental sustainability.”
Mr Butt added, “Sekisui House’s global environmental value is about preserving natural ecosystems and reducing the development’s impact on the environment. Our company and people are always working towards a balanced approach in this area.”
The primary function of Sekisui House’s highly sophisticated Manufacturing & Quality Control Centre is to engineer and manufacture SHAWOOD’s glulam post and beams, timber trusses and infill timber frames. It is also used to warehouse SHAWOOD’s unique Japanese imported materials.
Occupying over 7,200 sqm, the centre utilises highly technical computerised machinery, including an imported SHAWOOD combined processor and frame and truss timber cutting machine.