25 Nov 2021
Green Star Buildings is built for industry, by industry and has already been tested by a range of early access partners, including the University of Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend campus. We spent five minutes with Dr Gerard Healey, Green Star Champion and the University’s Manager, Estate Performance and Sustainability, to find out how Green Star Buildings is helping the University push boundaries.
Our sustainability target for the Fishermans Bend campus is to make an impact, both on our campus and beyond. We aim to push the boundaries with innovative and exemplary standards for water, energy and carbon emissions, and waste, while driving the industry forward through demonstration, research, partnerships and hands on educational experiences.
Participating in the Early Access Program with Green Star Buildings is one way we can extend our impact beyond the boundaries of the campus. By engaging with and potentially influencing the new rating tool we can test ways for Green Star rated buildings to go even further in the future. By rating our buildings using the tool, we can demonstrate ways to improve outcomes using a framework and language that is relevant to and readily understood by the Australian property sector. This will help industry evolve to meet the sustainability challenges of the next decade.
Our project is in schematic design, so to date the team has applied the tool more broadly, starting with outcomes and aligning to the broader project goals. A few challenges have become apparent, including:
Because we are part of the Early Access program, our ESD consultant for the project, AECOM, is helping us seek dual ratings under Design & As Built and Buildings. They have made the following observations and suggestions:
From the outset, innovation has been a key aspiration of the new campus. The University of Melbourne’s purpose is to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. One manifestation of this is our aspiration to be leaders for a sustainable future – through education and research, through our campuses and their operations, through partnerships and in the development of precincts intertwined with the city. The new Fishermans Bend Campus will put this aspiration into practice.
My favourite definition of innovation is: something new that adds value. Green Star, along with our Engineering and Architectural Design Guidelines for the campus, help us ensure that new things add value, for example by providing a framework to discuss potential innovation, adding rigour to claimed / expected benefits, and providing a common language between the design team, Faculty project stakeholders and contractors.
I hope that Green Star Buildings and the Fishermans Bend Campus will have a few key impacts on Australia’s built environment.