Sustainable building on the increase

Building in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way can help to cut utility costs, and with worries over high electricity prices, more and more people are choosing to retrofit their homes or offices to 'go green' or build a sustainable one from the start.

One of the latest green developments to go ahead in South Australia is a Green Star rating for developments in Tonsley and Bowden.

A Green Star rating is a way of marking the quality of design and construction of sustainable buildings, fitouts and communities. The types of buildings included in the rating system are apartment buildings, schools, universities, hospitals, offices, shopping centres and more.

"The South Australian government is the first in Australia to seek Green Star - Communities ratings for two renewal projects.  We are excited to be working together to realise the vision for communities that meet world-leading social, economic and environmental benchmarks," said the chief executive of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Romilly Madew.

Tonsley will be redeveloped as a high-value, collaborative manufacturing centre. It will be home to 1,500 residents and will encompass industry, education and retail.

Bowden is a redevelopment in Adelaide, which will include over 2,400 households, with over 3,500 people. This development will seek a 5 Star Green Star rating or higher for every building.

Both developments will be assessed against best practice benchmarks for liveability, prosperity, sustainability of the environment, design excellence, innovation and governance.

"Bowden and Tonsley represent flagship developments for the South Australian government's 30 year plan for Greater Adelaide to deliver more efficient, economical and sustainable urban form through innovative design excellence, engagement and partnership," said minister for housing and urban development, Tom Koutsantonis,  expanding on the importance of a city that's sustainable, connected, inclusive, healthy and affordable.

Other Green Star projects around Australia have proven themselves extremely successful. They produce 62 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and use 66 per cent less electricity than the average Australian building.

Furthermore, they use 51 per cent less potable water and recycle up to 96 per cent of their construction and demolition waste.

Those are some sustainable savings which will help households and businesses to manage utility costs while also reducing the impact that a construction has on the natural environment.

Posted by Charlie Moore