20 December 2011: The Green Building Council of Australia has wrapped the year with 100 Green Star buildings certified, the highest in any one year.

GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said more than 390 buildings had achieved Green Star ratings, with nearly 550 registered for Green Star certification since 2003 when the GBCA launched the Green Star system.

“This is an extremely positive result, and demonstrates that even in a challenging market, the green building economy is flourishing,” Ms Madew said.

GBCA’s executive director – Green Star, Andrew Aitken, said that 18 per cent of CBD office space were now certified.

“Beyond offices, Green Star is influencing the design and construction of a range of other building types, particularly education facilities, and we are optimistic that 2012 will surpass our achievements in 2011, ” he said.

Standout projects this year included:

  • Flinders Medical Centre – new south wing, Adelaide, the first Green Star healthcare facility in Australia, with a 5 Star Green Star – Healthcare Design v1 rating
  • Jacana House, Darwin, the first 5 Star Green Star building in the Northern Territory, with a 5 Star Green Star – Office Design v2 rating
  • Energex distribution centre, TradeCoast Central, Queensland, the first 4 Star Green Star –Industrial Design v1 building
  • Upper West Side Stage 1, Melbourne, the first 4 Star Green Star – Multi Unit Residential Design v1 building
  • Ausgrid Learning Centre, Sydney, the first 6 Star Green Star – Education As Built v1 project