1 November 2012 — A retirement living club house and a state-of-the-art library, community centre and office complex are the first projects in Australia to achieve Green Star – Public Building ratings. The ratings went to Affinity Village in Western Australia, developed by Stockland Retirement Living, and The Corso at North Lakes in Brisbane’s north, funded by Moreton Bay Regional Council and the federal government. The Green Building Council of Australia developed the Green Star – Public Building PILOT rating tool to support the sustainable planning, design and construction of high-performance public buildings. Barry Mann, Stockland’s general manager of Development in Retirement Living said the energy and water initiatives within the community centre will deliver savings of up to $30,000 per year on electricity bills alone. Moreton Bay Regional Council mayor, Allan Sutherland, said The Corso at North Lakes would use 160 solar panels to minimise mains electricity use, make maximum use of natural light and harvest its own storm water, the site will have easy access to public transport including the Moreton Bay Rail Link, due for completion in late 2016.