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8 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra

About 8 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra in terms of materials, water, emissions, energy, indoor environmental quality, land use and ecology, transport and management. (5 star rating)

500 Collins Street, Melbourne

Read about 500 Collins Street, Melbourne, in Green Building Council Australia's report.

This unassuming building reinvented the retrofit. The story of how this floor-by-floor renovation boosted productivity and delivered an uplift in rent potential and value remains one that I hear repeatedly when I travel. Kador Group paved the way for the industry to embrace sustainable uplift, rather than razing old buildings. (Source: A word from Rom)

Bowden Village, Adelaide

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I’m cheating here, as it’s an entire precinct of buildings, but the South Australian Government’s 5 Star Green Star mandate at Bowden is proving a spectacular success. The first 6 Star Green Star residential building, The Prince’s Terraces, is just one of the awe-inspiring projects within the precinct, which is challenging smaller developers to step into the sustainability space and create a community that will be loved for generations. (Source: A word from Rom)

Leading design principles are at the heart of Bowden's ethos. All buildings meet 5-star green star by design standards and are reviewed by a six-member panel of architects. (Source)

Bond University’s Mirvac School of Sustainability, Queensland

The Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development was awarded its 6 Star, or ‘World Leadership’, status by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for the design of its recently completed building. The 6 Star Green Star - Education PILOT Certified Rating puts Bond University, and Australia, at the forefront of world’s best practice in sustainability.

The building has been designed to minimise energy consumption through an innovative design that makes maximum use of natural light and mixed mode ventilation.

Water tanks, solar heating and a grey water recycling system means it won’t rely on the already stretched South East Queensland water supply, and the building will generate around 40 per cent of its peak power through solar cells and wind turbines.

The design also made extensive use of recycled materials, including recycled-certified steel and timber, low-emission paints and carpets made from recycled fibres.

Mirvac's sustainability report.

The GreenHouse

The GreenHouse, Green Building Council of Australia's Head Office, achieved a 5 Star Green Star. The fitout took less than five months to complete and was delivered on a budget of just over $1.3 million - demonstrating that even small and fast fitouts can achieve high environmental standards and a happy, healthy working environment for employees.

The GreenHouse case study. Watch the GreenHouse documentary.

30 The Bond, Sydney

When Lend Lease, its builder and current owner decided to create its new headquarters in Sydney it decided to hold numerous employee workshops to determine what they believed were the important priorities. Those priorities were reduction in pollutants, increase in environment quality, water management (as Australia has now been in what seems a permanent drought), waste management and a green area for them to enjoy. All of this resulted in an extremely well designed commercial building.

The first CBD base building in Australia to commit to achieving five stars under the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating system, 30 The Bond, owned by DBRREEF, comfortably surpassed its greenhouse emission objectives during the initial 12-month monitoring period. Read more about 30 The Bond here, here and here.


Westfield Sydney, Sydney

The Westfield Group aspired to deliver a sustainable retail shopping centre in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. We saw it as incongruous to deliver a world-class centre in the absence of sustainability objectives. Green Star provided us with a platform to enhance and verify the development’s environmental attributes. Read the rest here.

Pixel Building, Melbourne

Pixel Building, Melbourne : "Pixel is a world first, not just an Australian first," Daniel Grollo, Grocon CEO, says. "We believe Pixel is truly the office of the future and one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. We hope it will lead the way in terms of carbon neutrality and sustainability for years to come."