Bris airport and Melb uni join Green Star

The pilot Green Star – Communities rating was released in June 2012 in conjunction with consultation with all levels of government

The Peter Doherty Institute for Immunology, which is on the Parkville Campus. (Image courtesy of Grimshaw Architects)

Brisbane airport and a University of Melbourne building have signed up for the Green Star – Communities Pilot rating.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has registered its masterplan for the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) rating, which is one of the world’s first sustainable rating scheme for community projects.

“A Green Star – Communities rating will provide BAC with independent verification and global recognition for this vision and its commitment to sustainable development,” Romilly Madew, chief executive of the GBCA, said.

“This is a significant step not just for Brisbane Airport, but also for the people of Brisbane, who will gain independent proof that their airport delivers environmental, economic and social sustainability not just now, but for decades to come.”

Brisbane airport is the third largest airport in Australia, with 21 million passengers passing through it in 2011/12.

BAC is working on a 2014 masterplan to provide an overview of the airport’s development over the next 20 years and focus on terminal development, environmental management and sustainability, land use planning and operating a new parallel runway.

“Our vision for this plan has always been to create a vibrant centre for commerce, innovation and recreation and an internationally recognised model of sustainable development,” Renaye Peters, BAC’s property general manager, said.

“A Green Star – Communities rating will help support the notion of the airport as the natural address for companies seeking a reputation for responsible development.

The airport’s masterplan will be assessed for liveability, economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and design excellence.

The University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus has also signed up for the Communities rating – the first university to commit to the rating.

“Working with the GBCA to achieve a Green Star – Communities rating will enable the university to not only minimise its environmental impact, but also create a learning environment that is efficient, healthy, productive and resilient – and one which supports the next generation of leaders,” Ms Madew said.

The university already has several other buildings which have been certified by Green Star ratings – the Faculty of Business and Economics, the new Melbourne Brain Centre and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunology.

“Students, like academics, increasingly consider the environmental significance of their choices. We hope a Green Star – Communities rating will signal to prospective students and staff that we are serious about our belief in innovation and investment in sustainability and the future,” Professor Glyn Davis, vice chancellor at the University of Melbourne, said.

The Parkville Campus comprises 66 hectares, including the university’s original campus. It is home to 159 buildings and several faculties, including architecture, education, business, engineering, medicine and law.

The Green Star – Communities rating will apply to the campus’ development framework in 2013.

The University of Melbourne has committed to a 5 star Green Star rating minimum for design for all new buildings and a 4 star Green Star minimum rating for upgrades.

The pilot Green Star – Communities rating was released in June 2012 folliwing consultation with all levels of government, the public and private sector property industry, academia and manufacturers and suppliers.

Lend Lease’s Barangaroo South project is also taking part in the Green Star program. The property development company is aiming to make the project Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral community.