Victoria’s circular economy strategy, the first engineered timber hotel and more

NEWS IN BRIEF: The Victorian government released its circular economy strategy this week, which included a new purple bin for glass waste because it’s a big contaminant in recycling streams. There’s also a container deposit scheme and plans to invest $100 million in research that will help expand the local processing and manufacturing industry and create more products. The government […]

Adelaide gets its first 6 Star NABERS Energy rating

Flinders Street in Adelaide is now home to what is claimed to be South Australia’s first building to achieve the top six star NABERS Energy rating and the first NABERS Indoor Environment rating.

Christou and Aecom in court over building’s green claims

It was designed with the highest of green ratings in mind, but the City of Canning in Perth is taking design firm Christou and consultant Aecom to court over alleged “misleading or deceptive” conduct regarding the $37 million Cannington Leisureplex’s ecologically sustainable design.

Major Green Star shakeup announced at Green Cities

A major increase in ambition for Green Star ratings has been foreshadowed by the Green Building Council of Australia at the Green Cities 2018 conference in Melbourne.

NSW Green Star brand caught up in waste scandal

NSW construction waste sent to Queensland for recycling is instead ending up dumped in landfill, a Fairfax investigation this week has revealed, raising fears that the practice could compromise the legitimacy of NSW Green Star ratings.

U City tops South Australia’s Green Star charts

Uniting Communities’ “U City” mixed-used development in Adelaide has scored more Green Star points than any other South Australian development.

New Zealand Green Star Performance is now launched

New Zealand’s Green Star Performance tool was officially launched last week. The low cost tool can be applied across all of NZ’s existing non-residential buildings including offices, hospitals, industrial units and schools.

Green Star rises to the decarbonisation challenge

November will see the launch of three radical new innovation challenges in Green Star ratings that will hopefully create the incentive for the building sector to outperform on carbon emission reduction.

Green Star update signals industry shift towards carbon zero

The Green Building Council of Australia has updated its Green Star tools to prioritise carbon reduction, in another signal that industry is gearing up for a push towards carbon zero commercial buildings. There are now minimum greenhouse gas requirements, with 5 Star Green Star buildings needing to obtain three Greenhouse Gas Emissions credit points and […]

Green Star Performance – who’s leading the charge?

Dexus, Frasers, Charter Hall and Vicinity Centres appear to be in fierce competition as to who can get the most Green Star Performance ratings under their belts. The leaders’ uptake of the tool has been so extensive, between them they account for more than half of the more than 700 ratings certified or registered under […]

Green Star and WELL to become better buddies

A new guidance document will work to better align the Green Star and WELL Building Standard tools, promising better health and sustainability outcomes. The Green Star and WELL Building Standard: Approaches to buildings or fitouts seeking a dual rating document, a collaboration between the Green Building Council of Australia and the International WELL Building Institute […]

Frasers makes bid to bring WELL out of CBD

Frasers Property Australia is making a bid to bring the WELL Building Standard out of the CBD, with the $9.8 million fit out of its new head office at the Rhodes Corporate Park.

Green Star gets tough on emissions reductions

Buildings may soon be required to cut carbon emissions to 40 per cent below business as usual to qualify for a 6 Star Green Star rating, under sweeping changes now out for industry feedback. The changes aim to start a conversation on major sustainability trends, including moving towards carbon neutral buildings, using engineered timbers, verification […]

New sustainable developer targets the luxury market

A new luxury apartment development in Sydney’s eastern suburbs also promises to be one of the country’s most sustainable, being the city’s first multi-resi project to go for both 6 Star Green Star and PassivHaus certification.

IIG sees green building strategy success with Kingsgate

Impact Investment Group’s Kingsgate commercial office in Brisbane has received a 6 Star Green Star As Built v3 rating, with the development part of an investment strategy focused on buildings that outperform on sustainability.

Community housing gets an efficiency boost with CEFC finance

More than 200 energy efficient low-income and affordable homes are set to be built by not-for-profit community housing provider SGCH under an Australian-first agreement reached with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.