The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) reached a significant milestone yesterday by celebrating their 2000th Green Star certification.
The 2000th project to achieve certification was Charter Hall’s 12-storey commercial development on 105 Phillip Street, Parramatta. The building 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, 105 Phillip Street is also the first and only 6 Star Green Star building in Parramatta.
Since its launch in 2003, Green Star has guided the sustainable transformation of Australia’s built environment, forming the only national, voluntary and independently certified rating system for buildings and communities.
Many of Australia’s most iconic buildings and precincts have successfully achieved Green Star certification, such as the Sydney Opera House, Barangaroo, University of Melbourne, Sydney Airport and the Melbourne Convention Centre.
GBCA Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew said Green Star will continue to evolve with the industry and global trends, paving the way to improving environmental efficiencies in the country’s buildings.
“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,” Ms 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,” she said.
Moving forward, the GBCA believes Green Star certification will continue to play an important role in reducing Australia’s carbon emissions, helping Australia reach the targets set out by the Paris Agreement.
More information on the Green Building Council of Australia and the Green Star certification can be found here.