The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) are upping their standards but making Green Star interiors more accessible than ever with their latest rating system: Green Star – Interiors.
Designers are coming to understand just how important understanding the impacts of an interior space is to the health, well-being and productivity of its occupants. There is a strong correlation between green spaces and positive impacts, so it makes sense that Australia’s green building authority would want to further promote interiors that are environmentally responsible.
The new rating system, which will be released in PILOT form later in 2012, is a necessary tool in the GBCA’s push for greener office spaces. As a major focus for the GCBA this year, due to their dominance as some of Australia’s brownest spaces, the retrofitting of outdated unsustainable office spaces will now be more assessable.
Once the tool is up and running, the GBCA will be able to access a plethora of spaces that were previously inaccessible, such as hospitals, school, retails spaces and of course, office buildings.
The ket difference between the Green Star – Interiors tool and Green Star – Office Interiors v1.1 is that former will actually feature fewer credits, as explained by Green Star Technical Manager Jorge Chapa.
“Our new tool will feature 35 credits, including Innovation. This is far less than the 51 credits currently featured in the Green Star – Office Interiors v1.1 tool,” says Chapa.
Despite this, the GBCA assure that Green Star standards will still be as high as they always have been.
“It’s important to emphasise that this reduction in credits does not equal a reduction in rigour or impact,” says Chapa. “Green Star – Interiors contains a number of new credits for issues not addressed in the previous rating tool.”
The new rating system also takes into account the different types of buildings, creating a ‘sector agnostic’ system.
Rather than bringing about punishments and difficulties, this new Green Star tool will provide a great opportunity for the interior design sector to truly join the ranks of green building Australia.