10 October 2013 —[UPDATED 14 October 2013] The Green Building Council of Australia has launched its much-awaited Green Star – Performance rating tool.
The tool was launched today [October 10] at an event at the Sydney Opera House, which itself is aiming to achieve one of the first Performance ratings.
Over two years of collaboration with the property and facilities management industries led to the tool’s creation, which will provide a means of benchmarking and monitoring the ongoing operational performance of buildings.
GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said it was a “game changer” for the industry.
She said Green Star’s focus had previously been on design and construction of new and retrofitted buildings, with over 620 rated projects, and close to 500 more registered for certification.
“While we are very proud of each and every one of these buildings, Green Star – Performance will help us tackle the far greater challenge of improving the efficiency of our existing building stock.
“Most of Australia’s buildings were built at a time when little thought was given to issues such as energy efficiency, water use or indoor environment quality.
“Green Star – Performance will enable us to transform these ‘brown’ buildings into the green buildings we need, and reduce their operating costs.”
GBCA said the tool would be delivered through a simple online process with quick assessment to cut certification costs.
The chair of GBCA, Daniel Grollo, said the “vast majority” of buildings were currently underperforming, and the tool provided incentives to make improvements to millions of square metres of property.
“Whether the building is a school, shopping centre, hotel or hospital, Green Star – Performance will help owners and managers to identify and upgrade building performance,” he said.
“From today, existing building owners can put themselves on an equal footing with the owners of new buildings by achieving a Green Star rating and the benefits that it brings, including faster attraction of tenants and buyers, increased employee productivity and engagement, and improved asset value.”
More information can be found at www.gbca.org.au/performance