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NSW Government urged to go green
Released 29 April 2011

The NSW State Government has been encouraged to undertake an environmental audit of every building it owns and occupies in order to demonstrate some environmental leadership.    

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) said the audit would give the O’Farrell Government the opportunity to make cost savings and improve the performance of its building stock.

The GBCA said the audit should be completed using the eight categories of the Green Star environmental rating system as a guide.

“But assessing such environmental impacts as energy and water use, waste management and indoor environment quality, the Liberal Government will gain a complete picture of the current levels of building efficiency and identify potential cost savings and opportunities for improvement,” said GBCA Chief Executive Romilly Madew.

“Infrastructure NSW has been charged with developing a strategic plan for improving infrastructure across the state, and this would be an opportunity to integrate our buildings into such a plan.”