Constructed in 1963 and extended a number of times over the years, the former Clipsal light manufacturing building had laid empty since 2009. While a knockdown rebuild may have been easier, the building’s industrial design proved ripe for a green retrofit.
Taking its place among the world’s most sustainable retail complexes, the Ponds Shopping Centre in Sydney’s north west achieved a global-first 6 Star Green Star – Retail Centre Design v1 in 2015.
Lendlease has set a new benchmark in the creation of sustainable, inner city precincts with Barangaroo South awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating, scoring an unprecedented 104.98 out of a possible 110 points.
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.
When the South Australian Government began to think about alternate uses for Tonsley – Mitsubishi’s former manufacturing site in Adelaide – it saw an opportunity to create a thriving community that was prosperous, resilient and sustainable, and so it turned to Green Star – Communities for help.
After years at the forefront of the sustainable homes movement in Japan, Sekisui House has now claimed its place in Australia’s sustainable suburbs movement. Achieving a 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating for its Ecco Ripley masterplanned township in south eastern Queensland, Sekisui House is greening the blueprint of one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas.
With a mission to prevent the degradation of the planet’s natural environment, WWF is known around the world for its work to protect endangered species and threatened places, to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources, and to promote the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. And WWF’s new-look Australian headquarters aligns perfectly with this mission.