Presenters Name: David Baggs

Employment Title: CEO, Technical Director & Co-founder

Company: Global Greentag International Pty Ltd

Biography: Nominated a ‘Green Star Champion’ by GBCA, voted an Australian ‘Top 50 Green Leader’ and ‘Top 100 Sustainability Leaders’ globally, David is a world-renowned sustainability and materials expert and Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He is CEO and Technical Director of the Global GreenTagCertTM Product Certification Program & ECO Platform Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program Operator, plus NaturePositive+, Product Health and Modern Slavery Declaration Program Operator and is one of the world’s leading Ecolabels. David is a multi-award winning green building architect, author, Lead Auditor, GBCA Expert Reference Panel member and Past President of ALCAS the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society.

Presentation Title: The Expanded Role of Paints and Coatings in Australia’s Green and Healthy Buildings

Presentation Abstract: Green Star certifications have increased by more than 80% in the 2022-23 financial year, with over 800 certifications issued across Australia, showing sustainability is on the rise. This is an important aspect to consider together with the fact that the role of paints and coatings has been expanded greatly in the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Green Star®* rating tools with their 2022 release of the ‘Buildings’ rating tool. New exterior ‘Envelope’ and ‘Systems’ credits join an interior focussed ‘Finishes’ credit that all now engage paints and finishes in all these categories to some greater or lesser degree. Further, a new concept, the ‘Responsible Product Framework’ (RPF) has introduced ‘Responsible Product Values’ (RPVs) that allow, and sometimes require, aggregation of third-party certifications or product declarations to meet minimum required RPVs relevant to each category. A Fitout rating tool is in development that will be released in draft form in 2024 that will very likely use the same RPF and RPV process, if not the same values.