14 May 2013 — After a two-year pilot, the Green Building Council of Australia have today released the Green Star – Public Building v1 rating tool.

“The Green Star – Public Building rating tool opens the door to Green Star certification for Australia’s public buildings,” said GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew. “A Green Star – Public Building rating provides independent verification that what is being designed and constructed is an efficient, sustainable and future-proofed asset.”

“Public buildings such as community centres, libraries, law courts, theatres, museums, art galleries and places of worship can now demonstrate better outcomes for the economy, the environment and the community.

“The savings that Green Star-rated public buildings generate over their operational lifespan can help local governments to lower costs and keep budgets in the black,” Ms Madew said.

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