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IS Innovation Challenges


Innovation Challenges have been developed to encourage projects, assets and organisations to pursue sustainability initiatives beyond the current IS rating scheme criteria and contribute to advancing sustainability outcomes. Three Innovation Challenges are currently available to all ratings. 

The first two Infrastructure Sustainability Innovation Challenges will form part of a continual improvement process for IS rating tools. ISCA will use Innovation Challenges as a practical feedback mechanism on the proposed approach, benchmarks, evidence requirements and verification processes for the new themes, categories and credits for ISv2.0. These Innovation Challenges and their associated guidance can be accessed below. 

The third Innovation Challenge has been designed to incentivise IS rated projects to achieve carbon neutrality, with an emphasis on prioritising reductions and substitutions of energy over offsetting. ISCA believe this is a significant milestone for infrastructure projects in Australia and New Zealand and will become an integral part of the Energy and Carbon Category for ISv2.0.

The fourth and newest IS Innovation Challenge has been developed in tandem with the Responsible Construction Leadership Group (RCLG) Sustainable Site Facilities specifications to drive the uptake of higher performing site facilities on infrastructure projects and is available now. The criteria in this challenge will also become a credit as part of the Workforce Sustainability Category for ISv2.0.

Innovation Challenge Appendix

Talk to your Case Manager today about how you can undertake an IS Innovation Challenges or register your interest and we will get back to you on the next steps. 


Here is a sneak peek of other Innovation Challenges under development which will reward projects for:

1.    Developing and acting on a Reconciliation Action Plan

2.    Supply chain education which increases the sustainability skills of project stakeholders

3.    Notably high levels of Portland cement replacement 

4.    Participating in the Restore and Renew bush regeneration program 

If you would like to suggest an idea for an IS Innovation Challenge, let ISCA know or send a completed template to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .