Michael Barnes

17 October 2012 — A new Green Star rating tool, to assess the interior fitout of any building type – whether a hospital, hotel, school, shop or office, has been released by the Green Building Council of Australia.

The Green Star – Interiors PILOT rating tool is a “next generation” Green Star rating tool, evolved from the Green Star – Office Interiors v1.1 rating tool.

GBCA chief executive officer Romilly Madew said Green Star – Interiors would expand the benefits of Green Star certification to new market sectors, drive industry innovation and set new benchmarks of best practice for sustainable interiors.

ISIS Group Australia chief executive officer Michael Barnes, whose company is the gold sponsor of Green Star – Interiors, said a building’s interior had the greatest positive impact on the health, well being and performance of its occupants.

“We expect the new Green Star – Interiors tool will reinforce this view and provide greater opportunity for businesses across a broader range of buildings to enjoy the social, environmental and economic benefits of a Green Star fitout.”

ISIS Quality, Safety and Sustainability group manager Josh Bruce said the new rating tool also provided a platform for further debate on whether the base building or the tenancy fitout itself had the greatest impact on tenancy performance.

“This is particularly relevant in the commercial office sector where the expectation is that new buildings will achieve a minimum 5 Star Green Star As Built rating under the Office v3 tool, but where tenancy ratings are still considered to be optional.”

International design firm, HASSELL, which is also sponsoring the rating tool, has confirmed it will seek a Green Star – Interiors PILOT rating for its new Sydney studio.

Knowledge and Sustainability head Brett Pollard said the company wanted its new studio “to be an exemplar of the latest thinking in sustainability and workplace design”.

“Being involved in piloting the new rating tool will allow us to get to grips with the new tool and apply the lessons learnt to our clients’ projects as well as our own new workplace.”

Green Star – Interiors is now available as a PILOT rating tool, and the GBCA is seeking expressions of interest from projects, particularly in the education, retail and hospitality sectors, to test the rating tool’s credits and achieve the first certifications in their market segments.

Details: www.gbca.org.au/interiors