The Wollongong City Council Administration Building has been on an incredible sustainability journey. The building, which is now 32 years old, has ramped up its Green Star commitments through recertification, jumping from a 5 Star to 6 Star Green Star – Performance rating.
As the symbol of Australia, it’s important that the Opera House leads by example. On World Environment Day the World Heritage-listed building announced a number of major sustainability achievements and projects – including a 5 Star Green Star Performance rating.
In June 2016, Vicinity Centres embarked on a journey to improving building performance and efficiency across all of its retail assets through achieving a Green Star – Performance certification.
The installation of small-scale vacuum toilet technology was just one of the innovations awarded.
The project team undertook an investigation early in the design process to see whether the building had the capacity to deliver more savings and become ‘carbon neutral’.
Wollongong City Council’s Administration Building is positive proof that older buildings can be green buildings. First occupied in 1987, the building is the first in Australia to achieve a 5 Star Green Star – Performance rating, signifying ‘Australian Excellence’.
As one of the world’s busiest performing arts spaces, the Sydney Opera House is no stranger to the sound of applause. But this time, the accolades aren’t for the actors, but for the building’s sustainability achievements. In 2015, the Opera House was awarded a 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating, joining a handful of World Heritage-listed buildings to have achieved green certification globally.
In the retail game, businesses are always looking for opportunities to reduce their overheads and attract new customers. Coles’ commitment to Green Star-certified stores boosts its ability to do both. Achieving a 4 Star Green Star rating for its Hallam store in south east Melbourne in June 2015, Coles has proved that sustainability and supermarkets are a winning combination for business and the environment.
Collaboration was the cornerstone of The GPT Group and National Australia Bank’s commitment to achieve Australia’s first Green Star – Performance rating. Working in partnership, the building owner and tenant now have independent, third-party proof that 800-808 Bourke Street in Melbourne is efficient, productive and sustainable.