2011 saw an incredible year of growth in the Australian industry. Our natural resource sector continues to boom, and economically we have been lucky enough to stay afloat, in comparison to the rest of the world, in light of the continued effects of the 2009/2009 GFC.
While the mining boom may be the cause for an incredible economical industry achievement, this country’s growth in another sector offers to portray our equally important social and environmental success.
This is seen through Australia’s incredible Green Star accomplishments and continuous growth in the green building sector.
As the federal government finally announced their carbon tax and ongoing emissions trading scheme, this industry stepped up to the plate and has delivered on a banner Green Star year, with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) certifying a whopping 100 Green Star Buildings; the sustainable building authorities highest number yet.
“This is an extremely positive result, and demonstrates that even in a challenging market, the green building economy is flourishing” says GBCA Chief Executive Romilly Madew.
It has been an incredible year for Australia and green building. Formerly known for being rather sluggish in our sustainable building agenda, and one of the last developed nations to put together a carbon tax proposal, Australia is now home to more than 390 Green Star buildings with a further 550 registered for certification.
We have showcased numerous Green Star buildings including the award winning Melbourne ANZ Centre, Peregrin Spring State School Queensland (Australia’s first Green Star Education Design v1 primary school) and the $75 million Advanced Technology Centre at Swinburne University of Technology which achieved a 5 Star Green Star Education v1 rating. The GBCA has listed their own standout 2011 Green Star projects. These include:
Flinders Medical Centre
With a 5 Star Green Star – Healthcare Design v1 rating, this Adelaide building is Australia’s first Green Star healthcare facility.
With a 5 Star Green Star – Office Design v2 rating, it is the first 5 Star Green Star building in the Northern Territory.
Energex Distribution Centre
This 4 Star Green Star – Industrial Design v1 building, located in Queensland, is the first of its kind.
Upper West Side Stage 1
This 4 Star Green Star – Multi Unit Residential Design v1 building, located in Melbourne, is also the first of its kind.
Finally, the highly acclaimed 6 Star Green Star – Education as Built v1 project in Sydney has also been offered an Australian first rating.
With a list of achievements such as these, it is little wonder that the GBCA is confident in their 2012 plans, focussing on the completion of their retrofit overhaul of all energy inefficient office buildings in Australia in addition to various other projects.
“Green Star has penetrated the office market in Australia to the extent that 18 per cent of CBD office space is now Green Star certified,” says GBCA Executive Director Andrew Aitkin, “Beyond offices, Green Star is influencing the design and construction of a range of other building types, particularly education facilities, and we are optimistic that 2012 will surpass our achievements in 2011.”