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Case Studies

The GBCA works together with local, state and federal governments across Australia to accelerate the transformation of our built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient & sustainable. The following case studies show how State and Territory governments are improving social, environmental & economic outcomes in their local government areas through Green Star certification.

Renewal SA's Bowden Development, situated on the western edge of the Adelaide City Parklands, is redefining sustainable living in South Australia. Each and every building delivered on the 16.3 hectare site must achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating - or above. Renewal SA has raised the bar even higher, by also committing to achieve a Green Star - Communities rating for the entire precinct.

Bay View State School achieved a 4 Star Green Star - Education Design and As Built rating. Co2 emissions have been reduced by 2513 kilograms over a 12 month reporting period.

The Flinders Medical Centre - New South Wing was the first health facility in Australia to achieve certification under Green Star - Healthcare v1 rating tool. Compared to an equivalent benchmark building, energy consumption is 42 per cent less, energy costs are $400,000 less.

The Hopkins Street Affordable Housing project was the first project in Tasmania to achieve a 5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential Design rating. All 30 units achieved a minimum 7.3 FirstRate energy rating (NatHERS)

The Lilyfield Housing Redevelopment project achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential PILOT rating and was the first social housing scheme in Australia to do so.

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre achieved a 6 Star Green Star - Convention PILOT. The Convention Centre identified the growing demand for sustainable meetings, conferences and exhibitions being driven by companies who recognise that green is good for brand.

Monash University, Briggs Hall & Jackomos Hall achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential v1 rating  and was the first project to achieve a 5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential v1 in Australia

The Olivia Newton - John Cancer and Wellness Centre was the first certified Green Star - Healthcare Design project in Victoria.

The Power and Water Corporation achieved a 4 Star Green Star - Office Design v2 in 2009. The project maximised occupant comfort through provision of windows providing external views and natural light.

The Regional Rail Link in Victoria achieved a 4 Star Green Star - Custom Design rating for a number of train stations across Victoria. Extensive natural light at the stations reduces reliance on electric lighting.

The Redfern Housing Redevelopment Project achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential PILOT in 2009. All 106 apartments are naturally ventilated and there is no air conditioning in the development.

Sydney Opera House achieved a 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating.

Sydney Water head office in Parramatta, achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Design and As Built rating as well as 5 Star Green Star - Interiors rating. The parking provided for the building is 50 per cent below the maximum allowance.

Tonsley achieved a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating.

The University of Melbourne, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Education Design v1 rating.

University of Melbourne, The Spot  achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Education PILOT in 2008. The building uses 46 per cent less energy than the average of comparable university building.

Wangaratta High School achieved a 4 Star Green Star Education PILOT in 2009. The school now provides a number of bicycle facilities for both teachers and students.

Williamstown High School achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Education PILOT. Research has shown that green schools can improve student performance across all academic fields.