What is Green Star and when is it required?
Green Star certification provides verification of the sustainable design, construction and operation of buildings and community projects.
Green Star was introduced in 2003 by the Green Building Council of Australia and is Australia’s only nationally-recognised and voluntary system of rating environmental sustainability. As such, buildings and communities that are Green Star-certified can provide the following benefits:
Reduced Operating Costs
- Provide approximately 26% less energy consumption than typical commercial buildings.
- Produce approximately 33% less greenhouse gas emissions.
Green Star-certified buildings can provide the following benefits to occupants:
- Improved ventilation systems, aiding the respiratory health of occupants
- Low-toxic materials, making a generally healthier and safer living environment
- Allowing abundant sources of daylight, making a much more inviting and hospitable space.
A 2013 study (The Value of Green Star – A Decade of Environmental Benefits) found that buildings with Green Star certification have the ability to reduce environmental impact by:
- Generating 62% less greenhouse gas emissions than the average of Australian commercial buildings.
- Recycling 96% of waste in comparison to 58% for the average Australian construction project.
- Reducing potable water consumption by 51%.
Being ‘green-proactive’ is about being agile and adaptable to change, as opposed to reacting to change. Having a Green Star rating means companies can be ‘future-proof’ against the potential rise in energy and water prices.