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.
Boasting five integrated towers, each of which have achieved a 5 Star Green Star Design and As Built rating*, Collins Square is one of Melbourne’s newest green precincts to take note of. The development, valued at approximately $3.0 billion, achieves a high level of environmental sustainability across the project without compromising on quality, occupant wellbeing or design intent.
The number of industrial facilities cropping up in Western Sydney is on the rise – and so are temperatures throughout sweltering summer months. Soaring above 40 degrees on some days, developer Goodman has designed its new warehouse in Kemps Creek with occupant comfort in mind. Enlisting JLL as Green Star consultants, the facility is the first of its kind to achieve a 5 Star Green Star – Design & As Built v1.2 rating.
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.