• Tangaroa Blue Foundation, QLD
• The Mulloon Institute, NSW
Established in 2002, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is the nation’s authority on sustainable buildings, communities and cities. Our vision is to create healthy, resilient and positive places for people and the natural environment. Our purpose is to lead the sustainable transformation of Australia’s built environment.
Green Star is Australia’s only national comprehensive environmental rating scheme which benchmarks the design, construction and operations for buildings, fitouts and communities. This tool enables us to drive sustainable transformation of the property sector by promoting green building programs, technologies, design practices and operations, as well as the integration of green building initiatives into the mainstream.
The GBCA and the members we represent are responding to global and domestic drivers in the pursuit of a more sustainable built environment. These include national and international policy settings such as COP21 and global targets such as the sustainable development goals.
Since the launch of Green Star, thousands of buildings around Australian have been independently certified for their design and construction using Green Star rating tools. As of 2018, more than 28 million m2 of building area have been rated, spanning more than 1,970 projects.
Green Star certified buildings have been found on average to use 66% less energy and 51% less potable water than non-green buildings. They produce 62% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and recycle 96% of their construction and demolition waste. As a voluntary rating and certification scheme, Green Star has been instrumental to the market transformation of Australia’s commercial buildings sector by stimulating the demand for higher performing assets and sustainability solutions. 38% of office space is Green Star certified, 42,000 people live in Green Star apartments, 420,000 are moving into Green Star Communities and 1.3m people visit a Green Star shopping centre per daily.
The suite of Green Star rating tools offer a framework of best practice benchmarks for sustainability and these can be adapted to assess and certify buildings, fitouts, communities and even social infrastructure such as stadiums, railways and hospitals. Green Star has proven scalability and this is showcased through the growth of the brand and proliferation of Green Star certification.
The GBCA is unique in its ability to adapt and stay at the forefront of innovation. Through Green Star, we set innovation challenges for industry which are designed to encourage and direct investment in solutions that address a wide range of social, economic and environmental sustainability issues. As such, Green Star is the vehicle by which organisations demonstrate their environmental leadership, stewardship and social responsibility, and drive change throughout the industry.
Looking to the next generation, Green Star Future Focus will mandate that all Green Star rated assets are required to meet greenhouse gas emissions targets as set out in the Paris Agreement. This will raise existing benchmarks, introduce new conditional requirements and will target 100% renewable energy through on-site generation and offsets in line with the recommendations proposed in the Carbon Positive Roadmap.