Frasers Property Australia's Central Park building in Sydney

NSW certified the most Green Star projects in 2015, and received the largest number of 6 Star Green Star ratings, new data from the Green Building Council Australia has revealed.

According to the GBCA, NSW certified 70 projects in total (12 of which received the highest rating, 6 Star Green Star), with Victoria coming in close second with 62, and Queensland with 46.

At the other end of the spectrum, WA certified 20 projects, SA certified 16, and ACT certified three.

Tasmania and NT did not certify any projects in 2015.

Although NSW leads in certified projects this year, Victoria still has the most Green Star projects in all Australia, with 292 in total. NSW comes in second with 256.

Notable achievements were made elsewhere though, with the South Australian Government achieving three Green Star ratings, one of which was for the largest Green Star project of 2015: 292,000 square metres of space at the New Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Other government achievements include:

  • Defence Housing Australia achieving the first 6 Star Green Star rating for a residential building for the Prince’s Australian Terraces in Adelaide
  • Wollongong City Council scoring the first 5 Star Green Star – Performance rating for its Council Administration Building and
  • the Sydney Opera House bagging a 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating

Private sector achievements

Lendlease’s Commonwealth Bank Place at Sydney’s Darling Quarter became the first building in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star quadrella, earning a 6 Star Green Star Performance rating to add to its 6 Star Green Star certifications for Design, As Built and Interiors earlier this year.

In the private sector, Frasers Property Australia certified and registered the most projects in 2015 for the second year in a row, with 58 projects covering more than one million square metres of floorspace receiving stars and 62 additional projects being registered.

It was also the first company to make a commitment to achieve 5 Star Green Star ratings for all new developments.

However, Lendlease certified the largest area of space, with 1.29 million sq m of floorspace becoming certified. It now holds 2.24 million sq m of certified space, almost double its nearest rival.

The company was commended by the GBCA for its “mind-blowing effort” and for being the only organisation to certify two Green Star – Communities projects in 2015: Alkimos Beach in Perth, which achieved the first 6 Star Green Star rating for a community; and Aurora in Victoria.

Stockland certified the largest community project with Aura (formerly Caloundra South) on the Sunshine Coast, which will see 20,000 new homes built – thought to be Australia’s largest planned community under single ownership.

In the consultancy arena, Arup Australia was the Green Star Accredited Professional with the most projects in 2015, with a total of 11 Green Star-certified projects.

2015 figures as a whole

In total, 2015 saw 218 Green Star projects certified, up 40 per cent from 2014, and 184 projects registered, up 52 per cent from last year.

This year also saw the one thousand milestone reached, with 1020 projects now Green Star rated.

GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said: “We have surpassed the magic 1000 milestone, and now have 1020 Green Star certified projects rated.

“More than 530,000 Australians now work in Green Star-rated offices – that’s 4.5 per cent of our total workforce. A further 4,400 people now live in Green Star-rated apartments and more than 16,800 students learn in Green Star-certified schools. The Green Star – Communities projects certified this year will one day be home to 80,000 people.

Ms Madew said the GBCA applauded the efforts of its stakeholders, but that continued action was necessary.

“While our leaders are forging ahead, and the industry is heading in the right direction, we cannot be complacent in 2016,” she said. “We must continue to share our successes and share the story of how sustainability can create brand value, encourage innovation, create new revenue streams, secure stakeholder confidence and mitigate risk.”