IS Essentials

IS Essentials Overview

IS Essentials is the sustainability rating tool for infrastructure projects with capital values less than $100m.

The development of the IS Essentials ratings tool is supported by the Westpac NZ Government Innovation Fund.

As a product of the IS Rating Scheme, IS Essentials is for asset owners and operators committed to sustainability leadership and performance assurance. Our tools are accessible, scalable and cost-effective.

IS Essentials is a IS v2.1 generation tool which ensures that the quadruple bottom line benefits of infrastructure are driven by materiality and align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Infrastructure Sustainability Council is currently in testing phase with Pioneer Partners to ensure iterative development of the IS Essentials tool prior to full market release.

Find out more about how to join the pilot program and for more information click below. Alternatively, email Monique Isenheim at

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IS Essentials Information Webinar

Watch the recording below of our recent IS Essentials Information Session, recorded on 23rd March, 2023.

Interested in joining the pilot?

We are currently onboarding Pilot projects to develop and test our IS Essentials Ratings. Please click below to get in touch with one of our team or alternatively email Monique at

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