1 September 2010 – The Green Building Council of Australia has released the final framework of its long awaited Green Star Communities rating tool.

GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said that the agreement will help establish the Green Star tool as a best practice benchmark for sustainable community projects after a memorandum of understanding was agreed upon by every state and territory Government Land Organisation in Australia.

The GLOs are: Landcom (NSW); Landcorp (WA); VicUrban (VIC); Land Management Corporation (SA); Land Development Agency (ACT); Urban Land Development Authority (QLD); Hunter Development Corporation (NSW) and Land Development Corporation (NT).

“This joint sponsorship initiative is a strong sign of national leadership and commitment to a unified approach to the development of sustainable communities,” Ms Madew says.

“Many of these GLOs have already spent considerable time and money developing tools to assess the sustainability of their own projects. These tools, research and practical experiences will be invaluable as we work together to develop a truly national set of best practice benchmarks for the planning, design and delivery of sustainable community projects across Australia.”

Ms Madew says that the proposed rating tool has been scoped in close consultation with government and industry and its key characteristics have been documented in the Green Star – Communities draft tool scoping paper, which was released earlier this week.

The agreement follows the launch late last year of Landcom’s Precinx sustainability assessment
tool for neighbourhoods.

The Green Star – Communities National Framework can be downloaded here.