IS Planning Tool - ISCouncil

About the IS Planning Rating

The IS v2.1 Planning Rating is due for release in the first quarter of FY24. The IS v2.1 Planning Technical Manual is the only available planning phase sustainability rating scheme in Australia and New Zealand (and internationally).The Infrastructure Sustainability Council also acknowledges and thanks GHD for their role and valuable contribution in assisting with the update of the IS v2.1 Planning Rating Technical Manual.

The IS v2.1 Planning rating will be separated into Strategic and Detailed phases. The strategic phase will focus on demand identification and analysis, strategic options identification, strategic option assessment and strategic option decision. The Detailed planning phase will focus on project options development, Project options assessment, reference design development, scope definition and procurement.

Benefits of the IS Planning Rating

The IS v2.1 Planning rating aims to drive:

  • Sustainable decision making
  • Better outcomes for communities, environments and governance
  • Align with users needs and expectations.
  • The IS v2.1 Planning rating will be able to be applied across different jurisdictions and support transitions into later stages of the asset lifecycle (Design/As-Built).
  • The tool also aims to drive innovation and provides assurance at all stages of the asset lifecycle.

Proponent Feedback

“Adoption of the IS V2.0 Planning rating on the BORR project proved to be both a significant challenge as well as an important driver of sustainable outcomesThe BORR Team and Main Roads were required to take steps forward in a number of areas and challenge the business-as-usual approach to align sustainability processes with the IS criteria. Overall the tool has provided positive outcomes for BORR which are expected to continue on into the next phases and provide a foundation for additional opportunities to be realised.”

“Adoption of the IS V2.0 Planning rating on the BORR project proved to be both a significant challenge as well as an important driver of sustainable outcomes.  The BORR Team and Main Roads were required to take steps forward in a number of areas and challenge the business-as-usual approach to align sustainability processes with the IS criteria. Overall the tool has provided positive outcomes for BORR which are expected to continue on into the next phases and provide a foundation for additional opportunities to be realised.”

Detailed vs Strategic Planning

Detailed Planning

Builds on current Planning Rating tool with; Incorporate IS v2.0 Planning beta rulings, Removal of strategic planning phase requirements from credits, Balance between the work required, evidence available and the potential for beneficial outcomes in the Planning Phase and Removal of aspects which best sit in Design & As-built phases Incorporate key decisions and relevant changes from the IS v2.1 D&AB TM review Carbon explicit in the business case (Ecn-1) and considered more widely across the scheme Options to make the Detailed Planning Rating tool more scalable Transition from Strategic to Detailed

Strategic Planning

Selected credits (seven); Integrating sustainability (Lea-1), Strategic context (Pla-1), Options assessment (Ecn-1), Equity & distributional impacts (Ecn-3), Benefits mapping (Ecn-5), Resilience planning (Res-1), Investigating Environmental & Social Impacts (Imp-1 – new) Schematic outlining linkages and flow of strategic planning credits Carbon in the business case (Ecn-1) and to be considered more widely across the scheme Mandatory credit proposed – Ecn-1 Options Assessment No materiality assessment; no scope outs Proposed Pilot for Strategic Planning Rating tool