400th green building certified


AUSTRALIA'S green start certification system continues to gain momentum, with the leading body certifying its 400th project.

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has marked the occasion by awarding the 400th Green Star to the GippsTAFE Chadstone Campus Development in Victoria on Wednesday (February 15).

According to Romilly Madew, chief executive of the GBCA, the Green Star initiative has seen exponential growth since its introduction in 2004.

"Green Star has transformed Australia's property and construction industry - and our 400th certification is evidence of this fact," Ms Madew said (February 15).

"Today, more than 18 per cent of Australia's CBD office space is Green Star-certified, and a wide range of building types from schools and hospitals to industrial facilities and shopping centres have achieved Green Star ratings."

Ms Madew noted that the latest project certification indicated a move beyond office blocks and individual buildings, replaced an increasing focus on sites such as educational facilities.

Three buildings on the GippsTAFE Chadstone Campus Development site - including an administration building and two electrical and telecommunications training buildings - achieved one of the council's highest accolades - a 5 Star Green Star Education Design v1 rating, signifying "Australian Excellence".

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