Australand sponsors Green Star - Performance
The Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA’s) push to transform Australia’s existing buildings has received a big boost, with leading diversified property group, Australand, becoming the principal sponsor of the Green Star – Performance rating tool.
According to the GBCA’s Chief Executive, Romilly Madew, the principal sponsorship status emphasises Australand’s commitment to being a market leader in sustainable building practices.
“We are delighted to have Australand’s support for Green Star – Performance, which we believe will revolutionise Australia’s property and construction industry. Australand’s expertise and experience will be essential as we develop an holistic rating tool with environmental benchmarks for all types of buildings in operation,” Ms Madew says.
Sean McMahon, Australand’s Executive General Manager – Commercial and Industrial, believes the sponsorship further reinforces Australand’s commitment to sustainability and support of the GBCA.
“Australand is very excited to support the Green Building Council of Australia in the development of the Green Star – Performance rating tool. As a major diversified property group, we believe the tool will be of fundamental importance to the property industry in highlighting holistic environmental operational performance for all building types,” Mr McMahon says.
“Closing the gap between Green Star Design and As Built is essential for the industry to ensure that green designs are translating into better performing buildings for owners, users and the community. Australand has a strong track record in operational performance with an average office portfolio rating of 3.8 stars NABERS Energy. Green Star – Performance will provide an opportunity for the industry to understand a building’s environmental performance more clearly, and beyond the areas of energy and water,” Mr McMahon adds.
“Green Star has had a profound impact on the sustainability of new buildings in Australia. The Green Star - Performance tool will encourage building owners to monitor and improve the ongoing performance of their existing buildings,” Ms Madew adds.
“Green Star – Performance will provide best practice benchmarks that can be used to set targets to increase energy and water efficiency, reduce waste and improve factors that influence productivity, health and learning, such as indoor environment quality.
“The US Green Building Council’s rating tool for Existing Buildings’ Operations and Maintenance, LEED-EBOM, has driven more certifications in one year than all the other LEED tools have done in their history. We expect Green Star – Performance to have the same impact in Australia, and are thrilled to be working with Australand on this revolutionary project,” Ms Madew concludes.
Testing of the draft Green Star – Performance rating tool will commence in early 2012. Read more about Green Star - Performance.
Australand is one of Australia’s major diversified property groups, with activities across Australia covering the development of commercial and industrial facilities, residential land, housing and apartments, and the ownership and management of income producing properties of approximately $2.2 billion worth of commercial and industrial property.
The company has been involved in property development for around 80 years, is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, and has progressively widened the scope of its activities to satisfy the needs of an ever-changing and increasingly sophisticated client base. Australand has operating divisions: Commercial & Industrial, Investment Properties and Residential, employing more than 300 people; with operations in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland, Perth and a sales office in Hong Kong.
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