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More Green Star Certifications Awarded

The Green Building Council of Australia has certified three new projects in June, taking the total number of Green Star certified projects to 29.

These certifications have been accompanied by strong growth in registered projects, which now number over 360 nationwide. Greater awareness of the benefits of building green and the impending deadline to register under version 2 of Green Star - Office Design and Green Star - Office As Built has prompted 100 projects to register in the past month.

One of the newly certified projects is located in Queensland. Brisbane City Council continued to show leadership in green building with the certification of their new office accommodation, Brisbane Square. This 5 Star Green Star - Office Design certified building was designed by the architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall. It is a 37 storey building featuring such innovations as a tunnel for bicycles and a river-source cooling system.

This certification follows the Sustainable Development grants program launched as part of the Lord Mayor's CitySmart campaign. This has provided developers with financial incentives to build green and allowed them to reap immediate benefits of sustainable development.

Green Star certified projects have already had a tangible impact on the environment through innovative sustainable building practices. In February 2007, the Green Building Council of Australia discovered the 25 Green star certified projects showed on average:

- A reduction in energy use of up to 85% against equivalent conventional buildings
- A reduction in potable water consumption of over 60% against conventional buildings
- CO2 reduction in some buildings which is equivalent to removing 130 cars off the road permanently
- An average of 69% of construction waste being diverted from landfill

These real benefits of building green are becoming increasingly known to organisations, which is reflected in the substantial growth in the number of both registered projects and buildings that have achieved Green Star certification.

In 2005/2006, there were 56 new registered projects, with a further 12 new certifications. Just one year later, these figures have increased to over 360 registered projects and 29 certified projects.

Romilly Madew, Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia, reveals "This growth is not isolated but rather is occurring Australia-wide. New South Wales now has the highest number of registered projects, with a total of 101."

"South Australia and Victoria have continued to lead the way. The SA Government has sponsored the development of the new Green Star - Education and Green Star - Healthcare rating tool," Ms Madew continued.

The other states and territories are also witnessing an eager uptake of Green Star. The Australian Capital Territory is home to 35 registered projects and 3 certified projects. There are a further 20 registered projects in Western Australia, 2 registered projects in Tasmania, and 2 registered projects in the Northern Territory.

These numbers indicate the enthusiastic embrace of building green and an acknowledgement that in business, the green of nature is becoming as important as the green of money.

By Jenny Li, Marketing, Events & Membership Assistant