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New Green Star ratings
Released 4 October 2011

Supermarkets, restaurants, retirement and mixed-use developments will soon be able to gain Green Star certification, says the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).   

The GBCA began releasing environmental rating tools in 2003 to certify the design and construction and fit-outs for a range of buildings, including retail centres, schools, universities and hospitals, multi unit residential dwellings, public buildings and industrial facilities.

More recently the GBCA has been working with Coles, McDonald’s, Stockland and Rock Development Group to develop customised Green Star tools to rate projects that fall outside the current rating system.
Chief Executive, Romilly Madew, announced that the four companies now have “exclusive use of their Green Star-Custom tools” and will be registering new building projects which are expected to set new benchmarks for sustainability in their sectors.

“This is a watershed moment for the green building industry, as Green Star moves beyond its traditional influence and expands to reach new audiences and building types,” she said. “We want to see all Australians have the opportunity to live, work and play in Green Star buildings.”