Living Building Challenge gets the Green Star streamline treatment 

The International Living Future Institute is the latest body to partner with the Green Building Council of Australia, with the release of a guidance document to help streamline certification for projects going for both Green Star and the stringent Living Building Challenge.

ILFI chief executive Amanda Sturgeon said the partnership came at a time when collective work in sustainability was “more important than ever”.

“This will allow project teams pursuing ratings with both systems easier access to essential information and, ultimately, accelerate the move to regenerative design,” she said.

GBCA head of market transformation Jorge Chapa said there was a move amongst Australia’s property and construction industry to get more than one rating.

“By working together, we’ve identified the overlaps between the two rating systems so that project teams can avoid duplication of effort,” he said.

“As a result, achieving both Green Star and Living Building Challenge ratings will be faster and cheaper.”

In Australia, ILFI is represented by the Living Future Institute Australia.

LFIA executive director Stephen Choi said there were some “amazing projects and world-leading developments being progressed here in Australia, and naturally these are the ones that have multiple facets”.

“What this usually which means is that these projects are able to reach new heights across a range of standards. We are delighted to have completed this piece of work together, as it should only encourage better and better projects into the future.”

Mr Choi said Fraser’s Living Building Challenge shopping centre would be targeting both ratings.

Frasers has recently advertised for someone to support Mr Choi on the project, the design of which has apparently “evolved” substantially from the winning design.

Mr Choi said a major roadblock in obtaining a LBC rating could be around materials procurement. Australia’s relative isolation, large size, the decline of manufacturing and the relative lack of knowledge manufacturers have regarding product composition meant meeting the materials petal was a challenge.

The guidance document follows a similar release in February seeking to better align Green Star and the WELL Building Standard.

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