ISIS celebrates new opportunities on the inside
The newly released Green Star – Interiors PILOT rating tool has been designed to open up the benefits of fitout certification to new market sectors, drive industry innovation, and set new benchmarks of best practice for sustainable interiors. The new rating tool recognises the significant improvements that have been made within the construction industry since the introduction of Green Star – Office Interiors v1.1 in 2005, and a range of new and revised credits has been introduced to facilitate industry innovation and improvement across a number of areas, including waste management and materials selection.
Josh Bruce, Group Manager of Quality, Safety & Sustainability for Green Star – Interiors PILOT Gold Sponsor, ISIS, is excited about the new opportunities that the rating tool will generate for improving occupant experiences and exploring the impacts that fitout design have on building users.
“The new Green Star - Interiors rating tool acknowledges that sustainable design and construction practices have an impact upon a broad range of building interiors, not just commercial office tenancies. This is expected to drive innovation in the fitout of education, retail, hotel and healthcare spaces that until now have been unable to achieve a Green Star rating,” says Bruce.
“The new rating tool also provides a platform for further debate on what has the greatest impact on tenancy performance; base building or tenancy fitout. This is particularly relevant in the commercial office sector where the expectation is that new buildings will achieve a minimum 5 Star Green Star As built rating under the Office v3 tool, but where tenancy ratings are still considered to be optional,” he concludes.
The Green Building Council of Australia are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from Interiors projects across the country and are particularly interested in working with fitout projects from the education, retail and hospitality sectors to test the rating tool’s credits.