Lendlease’s Yarrabilba development in Logan City, Queensland has snagged a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating.
The development scored 84 points across the Governance, Liveability, Economic Prosperity, Environment and Innovation categories, eclipsing the 75 needed for a 6 Star rating.
High scoring sustainable initiatives included the CSIRO Virtual Power station study, fast electric vehicle charger, sustainable display home, recognition and integration of the cultural heritage of the site’s long history and commitment to education, skills and training.
Lendlease Communities managing director Matthew Wallace said innovation had been key to the success.
“Yarrabilba is the result of Lendlease’s approach to social, economic and environmental innovation, underpinned by a strong sense of community, jobs growth and the integration of sustainable urban agriculture,” Mr Wallace said.
“Sixty-seven Yarrabilba households are currently trialing a Virtual Power Station 2.0 developed by the CSIRO, which has helped residents save up to 60 per cent on their electricity bills.
“An affordably priced sustainable display home is also under construction, which will feature innovative design solutions, and will be built by Logan-based social enterprise Access to upskill the area’s long-term unemployed and disadvantaged groups.”
Yarrabilba is one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland, and will one day be home to more than 45,000 people.