15 September 2010 - A memorandum of understanding signed between the Green Building Council of Australia and the Planning Institute of Australia will see the two organisations work together on the development and delivery of the Green Star Communities rating tool.

The GBCA’s chief executive Romilly Madew says that the partnership will help create a national benchmark for sustainable communities.

“This MoU is particularly momentous, as best practice planning is vital if we are to deliver communities that are liveable, sustainable and adaptable.

“This MoU demonstrates our organisations’ rock-solid commitment to embed national best practice sustainable planning and design standards into the Green Star Communities rating tool,” Ms Madew says.

Acting CEO of the PIA Kirsty Kelly says that the the MoU signals the commitment of planners to creating sustainable communities.

“PIA is excited to be collaborating with the GBCA on the Green Star Communities tool. Members of PIA will play an important role in the success of Green Star Communities by contributing urban, environmental and social planning information that will help establish best practice standards in the tool,” Ms Kelly says.

This latest collaboration comes after the GBCA secured an MoU with every single state government land organisation in Australia, including Landcorp (WA); VicUrban (VIC); Land Management Corporation (SA); Land Development Agency (ACT); Urban Land Development Authority (QLD); Hunter Development Corporation (NSW) and Land Development Corporation (NT).

The project has also gained support from principal project sponsor, Rock Development Group, together with other sponsors Grocon, Brisbane City Council, Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Lend Lease, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Brookfield Multiplex, Aurecon, University of Melbourne, Stockland, Sustainability Victoria, City of Sydney, Mirvac and BlueScope Steel.

“Working closely with PIA will enable us to establish planning benchmarks that not only protect our natural environment, but also support the development of liveable, prosperous, dynamic and connected places for generations to come,” Ms Madew concludes.

Click here to read more about the Green Star Communities project.