20 June 2013 — Queensland is winning the Green Star race, with thirty per cent of Brisbane’s office space Green Star-certified, compared with the national average of 20 per cent.
“We know the Queensland property and construction sector is experiencing challenging times,” said GBCA chief operating officer Robin Mellon. “However industry is demonstrating that Green Star-rated buildings make smart economic sense.”
Of the 582 Green Star projects around Australia, 126 are in Queensland, including the first Green Star retail, industrial and educational facilities.
Some examples of Green Star-rated buildings in the state include:
- Green Square North Tower, which has reduced one tenant’s energy bills from $12,000 to $8,000 a month, despite a doubling of floor space.
- Bay View State School, which holds a 100 per cent parent satisfaction rate and attendance three per cent higher than the regional average
- Peregian Springs State School, which recorded the highest ever enrolment in Queensland before it even opened
- Orion Springfield Town Centre, which is designed to use half the energy of a similar-sized shopping centre and uses around 60 per cent less water
- Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development, which has attracted more international students and developed new research partnerships as a result of its Green Star rating
“Green Star certifications continue to climb as industry sees the benefits in future-proofing assets against rising utility prices, the effects of a changing climate and challenging economic circumstances,” said Mr Mellon.
“We look forward to seeing more policies and actions that recognise how environmentally and occupant-friendly buildings can deliver significant benefits to the economy – as well as the bottom line. And we look forward to the Queensland Government recommitting to Green Star as the independent method of measurement for best practice.”