Green Star Leaders Recognised in 2014

Tuesday 16th December 2014

The property and construction industry’s shift to sustainability continues to gather pace, with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) certifying 150 Green Star projects during 2014 – up from 105 in 2013.

“This 43 per cent increase in certifications in the last year is a reminder to the industry that efficiency, productivity and sustainability are here to stay,” says the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew.

“What’s more, 115 new Green Star projects were registered over the course of 2014, which is an encouraging sign for 2015,” Ms Madew says.

“We now have 796 Green Star certified projects around Australia, with a further 392 registered to achieve ratings. Green Star is influencing the design and construction of schools and shopping centres, hospitals and hotels, libraries, law courts, apartments, aquatic centres, and everything from small inner-city projects to large-scale developments that will one day have their own postcodes,” Ms Madew says.

“The number of project teams achieving their Green Star rating in Round 1 has grown dramatically in the last year – reflecting the extensive work we’ve undertaken to make Green Star easier to use. Thirteen per cent of certifications were achieved in Round 1 in 2014, compared with just one per cent two years ago,” Ms Madew explains.

The GBCA has crunched the numbers, and applauds the impressive leadership in 2014.

Development Leadership

Lend Lease again tops the table in terms of development leadership, with eight certified ratings in 2014 for projects such as Library at the Dock in Melbourne and the T2 commercial tower at Sydney's Barangaroo. Lend Lease also bagged the first rating under the Green Star – Interiors PILOT rating tool for its Shared Services office in Sydney. Lend Lease also has the most active Green Star projects on the go – 16 in total.

“Lend Lease now has 747,182 square metres of Green Star certified space, with a further 608,825 square metres registered and three Green Star – Communities projects, Alkimos, Waterbank and Barangaroo South. Lend Lease is unswerving in its commitment to sustainability, and we congratulate the team for continuing to innovate in 2014,” Ms Madew says.

“To be recognised again this year as the leader in green development by the GBCA is testament to the passionate people who work at Lend Lease and to our partners who share our sustainable approach. We are proud of our community-shaping projects and our ongoing commitment to creating places for people – where the environment is enhanced, people’s wellbeing is promoted and where communities prosper,” says Tarun Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, Property, Lend Lease.

When it comes to new project registrations, Frasers-Australand is this year’s leader with a total of 12 Green Star projects registered in 2014.

Frasers-Australand is currently working on 14 Green Star projects, and registered industrial facilities, retail centres, office buildings, residential towers and entire communities to achieve Green Star ratings in 2014. FrasersAustraland’s Green Star-certified One Central Park was also named ‘Best Tall Building in the World’ in 2014.

“We are excited that Frasers-Australand is leading the way on innovative and transformative Green Star – Communities projects that will set world-leading social, economic and environmental benchmarks. We also congratulate Frasers-Australand for its long-term commitment to green markets that have been traditionally grey,” Ms Madew says.

“Frasers-Australand is proud to continue our support of the GBCA and Green Star. The GBCA continues to evolve and broaden the conversation on creating sustainable spaces. The Green Star suite of tools provides a credible and internationally-recognised benchmark to measure the sustainability of our developments and investment assets and assists us with delivering leading and meaningful results for our customers,” says Bob Johnston, Managing Director, Frasers-Australand.

Consultancy Leadership

WSP worked on the most certified projects in 2014 – 13 in total. This was followed closely behind by Cundall (12 projects) and Umow Lai (11 projects).

“WSP, Cundall and Umow Lai all have highly experienced and committed Green Star Accredited Professionals that continue to push the sustainable building envelope and improve the skills around the industry,” Ms Madew says.

“WSP worked on 10 separate Green Star office projects, as well as university education facilities, apartments and industrial facilities. The depth of the team’s experience with sustainability is self-evident,” Ms Madew says.

“Our delivery of Green Star projects this year is testament to a resurgence in the industry, our proud history and our track record in managing the Green Star certification process. Several recent projects reflect WSP’s commitment to the new Green Star – Design and As Built rating tool and specifically its integration of emerging precinct energy technology. It’s great to see the GBCA recognising the trend to city-scale systems,” says Gavin White, WSP’s ANZ Regional Director.

Commercial Office Leadership

“Twenty three per cent of Australia’s CBD office space is now Green Star certified – an achievement of which the entire industry can feel proud,” says Ms Madew.

“2014 was the first year in which we had more active Office As Built projects than Office Design projects – which underscores the fact that the industry is committed to delivering, not just designing, green buildings. The new Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool will accelerate this shift.”

Leighton Properties delivered the most Green Star office projects in 2014 – six in total. Charter Hall Holdings delivered the most Office As Built projects, with four in total.

“Both Leighton Properties and Charter Hall deserve acknowledgement for their outstanding achievements this year, and for their ongoing commitment to build better, greener buildings,” Ms Madew says.

“A tip of the hat must also go to Australia Post, which achieved three Green Star – Office Interiors v1.1 ratings in 2014, as well as Office Design & As Built v3 ratings for its Strawberry Hills headquarters. Australia Post’s proactive approach is a model for other public sector organisations, and has delivered a number of iconic Green Star projects around the country.”

Retail Leadership

“When it comes to the retail sector, Stockland leads the pack, with seven of the nine active Green Star – Retail projects. Stockland deserves recognition for its long-term commitment to green its retail portfolio, for its work on a range of Green Star – Communities projects and for launching Australia’s first green bond,” Ms Madew explains.

Education Leadership

“Monash University achieved three Green Star ratings for education projects in 2014, and registered two projects to achieve Green Star – Performance and Green Star – Multi Unit Residential ratings. Monash University chose Green Star As Built in 2009 as a mechanism to drive the delivery of sustainable new buildings, and this commitment is yielding results,” Ms Madew says.

Government Leadership

The Victorian Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure gained five separate Green Star ratings for upgrades to Footscray, West Footscray and Sunshine railway stations and the new railway stations in Wyndham Vale and Tarneit, which all received 4 Star Green Star – Custom Design certification in 2014.

The GBCA is currently working with 11 local governments on Green Star projects, with the City of Melton achieving two Green Star ratings – for the Melton Library and Learning Hub and Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence in 2014.

“Both the Victorian Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure and the City of Melton have used Green Star to demonstrate accountability and financial responsibility, and to future-proof community assets. We congratulate both these governments for taking the lead in 2014,” Ms Madew says.

Other ‘Firsts’

“Our congratulations must also go to two project teams for delivering spectacular ‘firsts’ this year.

“Australia’s first Green Star – Communities rating was awarded to Brisbane Airport Corporation for the 2,700 hectare Brisbane Airport site, which will eventually house more than 50 commercial office, mixed use, retail and industrial buildings. This 4 Star Green Star – Communities rating is a landmark achievement that sets new sustainability benchmarks for airports around the world,” Ms Madew says.

“The first Green Star – Performance rating was awarded to the GPT Group for 800 Bourke Street in Melbourne. This 4 Star Green Star rating was the result of outstanding collaboration between GPT Group and tenant NAB which throws down the gauntlet to the industry to walk its talk on sustainability. We expect 2015 to be a year where the property and construction industry does just that,” Ms Madew concludes.

[Source: Green Building Council of Australia press release, 16 December 2014]

About the Green Building Council of Australia

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is the nation’s authority on sustainable buildings and communities. The GBCA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable. The GBCA works with industry and government to encourage policies and programs that support its mission. The Council educates thousands of people each year on how to design and deliver sustainable outcomes for Australia’s buildings and communities. And it operates Australia’s only national, voluntary, holistic rating system for sustainable buildings and communities – Green Star. See: www.gbca.org.au.

The property and construction industry’s shift to sustainability continues to gather pace, with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) certifying 150 Green Star projects during 2014 – up from 105 in 2013.

“This 43 per cent increase in certifications in the last year is a reminder to the industry that efficiency, productivity and sustainability are here to stay,” says the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew.

“What’s more, 115 new Green Star projects were registered over the course of 2014, which is an encouraging sign for 2015,” Ms Madew says.

“We now have 796 Green Star certified projects around Australia, with a further 392 registered to achieve ratings. Green Star is influencing the design and construction of schools and shopping centres, hospitals and hotels, libraries, law courts, apartments, aquatic centres, and everything from small inner-city projects to large-scale developments that will one day have their own postcodes,” Ms Madew says.

“The number of project teams achieving their Green Star rating in Round 1 has grown dramatically in the last year – reflecting the extensive work we’ve undertaken to make Green Star easier to use. Thirteen per cent of certifications were achieved in Round 1 in 2014, compared with just one per cent two years ago,” Ms Madew explains.

The GBCA has crunched the numbers, and applauds the impressive leadership in 2014.

Development Leadership

Lend Lease again tops the table in terms of development leadership, with eight certified ratings in 2014 for projects such as Library at the Dock in Melbourne and the T2 commercial tower at Sydney's Barangaroo. Lend Lease also bagged the first rating under the Green Star – Interiors PILOT rating tool for its Shared Services office in Sydney. Lend Lease also has the most active Green Star projects on the go – 16 in total.

“Lend Lease now has 747,182 square metres of Green Star certified space, with a further 608,825 square metres registered and three Green Star – Communities projects, Alkimos, Waterbank and Barangaroo South. Lend Lease is unswerving in its commitment to sustainability, and we congratulate the team for continuing to innovate in 2014,” Ms Madew says.

“To be recognised again this year as the leader in green development by the GBCA is testament to the passionate people who work at Lend Lease and to our partners who share our sustainable approach. We are proud of our community-shaping projects and our ongoing commitment to creating places for people – where the environment is enhanced, people’s wellbeing is promoted and where communities prosper,” says Tarun Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, Property, Lend Lease.

When it comes to new project registrations, Frasers-Australand is this year’s leader with a total of 12 Green Star projects registered in 2014.

Frasers-Australand is currently working on 14 Green Star projects, and registered industrial facilities, retail centres, office buildings, residential towers and entire communities to achieve Green Star ratings in 2014. FrasersAustraland’s Green Star-certified One Central Park was also named ‘Best Tall Building in the World’ in 2014.

“We are excited that Frasers-Australand is leading the way on innovative and transformative Green Star – Communities projects that will set world-leading social, economic and environmental benchmarks. We also congratulate Frasers-Australand for its long-term commitment to green markets that have been traditionally grey,” Ms Madew says.

“Frasers-Australand is proud to continue our support of the GBCA and Green Star. The GBCA continues to evolve and broaden the conversation on creating sustainable spaces. The Green Star suite of tools provides a credible and internationally-recognised benchmark to measure the sustainability of our developments and investment assets and assists us with delivering leading and meaningful results for our customers,” says Bob Johnston, Managing Director, Frasers-Australand.

Consultancy Leadership

WSP worked on the most certified projects in 2014 – 13 in total. This was followed closely behind by Cundall (12 projects) and Umow Lai (11 projects).

“WSP, Cundall and Umow Lai all have highly experienced and committed Green Star Accredited Professionals that continue to push the sustainable building envelope and improve the skills around the industry,” Ms Madew says.

“WSP worked on 10 separate Green Star office projects, as well as university education facilities, apartments and industrial facilities. The depth of the team’s experience with sustainability is self-evident,” Ms Madew says.

“Our delivery of Green Star projects this year is testament to a resurgence in the industry, our proud history and our track record in managing the Green Star certification process. Several recent projects reflect WSP’s commitment to the new Green Star – Design and As Built rating tool and specifically its integration of emerging precinct energy technology. It’s great to see the GBCA recognising the trend to city-scale systems,” says Gavin White, WSP’s ANZ Regional Director.

Commercial Office Leadership

“Twenty three per cent of Australia’s CBD office space is now Green Star certified – an achievement of which the entire industry can feel proud,” says Ms Madew.

“2014 was the first year in which we had more active Office As Built projects than Office Design projects – which underscores the fact that the industry is committed to delivering, not just designing, green buildings. The new Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool will accelerate this shift.”

Leighton Properties delivered the most Green Star office projects in 2014 – six in total. Charter Hall Holdings delivered the most Office As Built projects, with four in total.

“Both Leighton Properties and Charter Hall deserve acknowledgement for their outstanding achievements this year, and for their ongoing commitment to build better, greener buildings,” Ms Madew says.

“A tip of the hat must also go to Australia Post, which achieved three Green Star – Office Interiors v1.1 ratings in 2014, as well as Office Design & As Built v3 ratings for its Strawberry Hills headquarters. Australia Post’s proactive approach is a model for other public sector organisations, and has delivered a number of iconic Green Star projects around the country.”

Retail Leadership

“When it comes to the retail sector, Stockland leads the pack, with seven of the nine active Green Star – Retail projects. Stockland deserves recognition for its long-term commitment to green its retail portfolio, for its work on a range of Green Star – Communities projects and for launching Australia’s first green bond,” Ms Madew explains.

Education Leadership

“Monash University achieved three Green Star ratings for education projects in 2014, and registered two projects to achieve Green Star – Performance and Green Star – Multi Unit Residential ratings. Monash University chose Green Star As Built in 2009 as a mechanism to drive the delivery of sustainable new buildings, and this commitment is yielding results,” Ms Madew says.

Government Leadership

The Victorian Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure gained five separate Green Star ratings for upgrades to Footscray, West Footscray and Sunshine railway stations and the new railway stations in Wyndham Vale and Tarneit, which all received 4 Star Green Star – Custom Design certification in 2014.

The GBCA is currently working with 11 local governments on Green Star projects, with the City of Melton achieving two Green Star ratings – for the Melton Library and Learning Hub and Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence in 2014.

“Both the Victorian Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure and the City of Melton have used Green Star to demonstrate accountability and financial responsibility, and to future-proof community assets. We congratulate both these governments for taking the lead in 2014,” Ms Madew says.

Other ‘Firsts’

“Our congratulations must also go to two project teams for delivering spectacular ‘firsts’ this year.

“Australia’s first Green Star – Communities rating was awarded to Brisbane Airport Corporation for the 2,700 hectare Brisbane Airport site, which will eventually house more than 50 commercial office, mixed use, retail and industrial buildings. This 4 Star Green Star – Communities rating is a landmark achievement that sets new sustainability benchmarks for airports around the world,” Ms Madew says.

“The first Green Star – Performance rating was awarded to the GPT Group for 800 Bourke Street in Melbourne. This 4 Star Green Star rating was the result of outstanding collaboration between GPT Group and tenant NAB which throws down the gauntlet to the industry to walk its talk on sustainability. We expect 2015 to be a year where the property and construction industry does just that,” Ms Madew concludes.

[Source: Green Building Council of Australia press release, 16 December 2014]

About the Green Building Council of Australia

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is the nation’s authority on sustainable buildings and communities. The GBCA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable. The GBCA works with industry and government to encourage policies and programs that support its mission. The Council educates thousands of people each year on how to design and deliver sustainable outcomes for Australia’s buildings and communities. And it operates Australia’s only national, voluntary, holistic rating system for sustainable buildings and communities – Green Star. See: www.gbca.org.au.