Set to be one of South Australia's most sustainable buildings, U City is a new addition to the Adelaide skyline that is bringing community back to the Central Business District. While its striking façade blends in visually with its inner-city surroundings, the 20-storey tall building, which has achieved a 6 Star Green Star Design & As Built rating, is by no means just another office tower or apartment block.
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability at a customer-facing level and beyond, with the Bank achieving the highest number of Green Star certifications for a non-property organisation.
With 30 individual bank branches now Green Star certified and more to come, CBA continues to prioritise sustainable and responsible business practices – from financial products to physical branches.
As the first 6 Star Green Star rated school in South Australia, the recently certified McAuley Community School is an example of how schools can provide positive learning spaces for students, whilst minimising their impact on the environment. With the sustainability focus resulting in a range of benefits for the project, from cost reduction to strong enrolment growth, it has so far had little reason to look back.
It is becoming increasingly common for governments - local, state and federal - to require minimum environmental standards for their new office spaces. This means they are not just talking about more sustainable operations, but also backing their rhetoric with investments in healthy, efficient government buildings. The SA Attorney-General Department’s achievement of a 5 Star Green Star Interiors rating for its office fitout in Adelaide is a testament to the positive effect of these policies.
It is little known that a Green Star-Communities project has to be recertified every five years during its construction to ensure that commitments made at planning and design stages are truly delivered. Perth’s Curtin University is one of few projects that have successfully pursued and achieved recertification, and it is the first Communities project ever to improve upon its Green Star rating in process, upgrading from 5 Stars in 2015 to 6 stars in 2020.
Nestled in Townsville on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, St Benedict’s Catholic School is proof that showcasing world class-sustainability is possible, no matter the size or scale of a project. With just 163 students enrolled at the campus, St. Benedict’s is a small school with big ideas on how Green Star can be used to improve the sustainability of schools and the learning experience of students.
Reclaimed fishing nets, pine dust, recycled plastic milk bottles and linseed oil probably wouldn’t spring to mind as materials you’d use to build a new child and family centre. But for the City of Greater Geelong, recycled materials and sustainability were a priority in the design and build of the Highton Child and Family Centre.
Retailers are facing increasing expectations from their customers to embrace sustainability in all aspects of business – from selling greener products to managing waste more efficiently and even building greener spaces. Woolworths Heidelberg, is leading by example with a new sustainable supermarket that is already having a positive impact on its surrounding community.