BRIEF – 26 October 2009 – Bond University’s Mirvac School of Sustainable Development on the Gold Coast has won the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors global Award for Sustainability announced last week at a gala ceremony in London.

The building on Queensland’s Gold Coast, is carbon neutral, water efficient, healthy, financially viable and smart.

A key to the award is the project’s ability to be replicated.

“The sustainability award measures a project’s commitment to the efficient use of resources and celebrates schemes that provide sustainable environments that meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” RICS said in a media statement.

“The judges are looking for a scheme that is sustainable in its design and operation, balancing the economic, environmental and social criteria of the project.

“More specifically in this, one of the most challenging categories, the judges look for evidence of forward planning and site monitoring, whether recycled construction materials were used, energy efficient construction and operation procedures and ‘green’ measures to solve waste and transport needs.

“Lastly, a key component of a sustainable development must be its ability to be replicated. Judges assess the scheme on its potential to demonstrate best practice to a wider audience and to what extent design solutions can be replicated. “