The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has celebrated its 2000th Green Star certification.
The 2000th project to achieve certification was 105 Phillip Street, Paramatta, where GBCA CEO Romilly Madew presented a Green Star plaque to NSW Minister for Education Rob Stokes.
Charter Hall’s 12-storey commercial development achieved 6 Star – Green Star – Office As Built v3, making it among the top performing sustainable commercial buildings in Australia and world-leading in its sustainability standard.
Designed by Bates Smart and constructed by Built, it is also the first and only 6 Star Green Star building in Parramatta.
Since its launch in 2003, Green Star has helped guide the sustainable transformation of Australia’s built environment. It is the only national, voluntary and independently certified rating system for buildings and communities.
Many of Australia’s most iconic buildings and precincts have achieved Green Star certification, including the Sydney Opera House, Barangaroo, University of Melbourne and Curtin University, Sydney Airport and Melbourne Convention Centre.
“This is a momentous achievement and shows how the value of sustainability in our built environment continues to go from strength-to-strength as the uptake of Green Star certification grows,” Madew said.
“Green Star certification is transforming the way our built environment is designed, constructed and operated and is increasingly being sought by climate conscious investors, becoming a critical distinguishing factor between developments.
“Certifying our 2000th project is a milestone that demonstrates the sustained momentum Green Star has achieved in less than two decades of operation.
“Environment, economic and social sustainability principles are not only embedded in Australia’s built environment outcomes,they are a point of competitive difference between companies with both investors and increasingly conscious consumers helping to carry forward the drive for high-performance buildings.
“Through Green Star, GBCA has helped Australian property companies retain the mantle of global green building leadership for eight years, as measured by GRESB. The international benchmark for environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets.”
According to GBCA, on average Green Star certified buildings produce 62 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than average Australian buildings; use 66 per cent less electricity than average Australian buildings and use 51 per cent less potable water than average buildings. GBCA also claims on average, Green Star built certified buildings recycled 96 per cent of their construction and demolition waste.