Property Australia

2000 Green Star projects... and counting


Charter Hall and Dexus' new office at 105 Phillip Street in Parramatta has helped Australia’s property industry and the Green Building Council of Australia reach a magic milestone: 2000 Green Star projects.

Designed by Bates Smart and constructed by Built, the 12-storey commercial development achieved a 6 Star Green Star – Office As Built v3 rating, making it among the top performing sustainable commercial buildings in Australia.

360x360 POW In-Article ImageThe $140 million office is also the only 6 Star Green Star building in Parramatta.

105 Phillip Street, developed and managed by Dexus, boasts an expansive communal roof terrace with an outdoor dining area and sports court, extensive end-of-trip facilities, multiple atriums with curved structural steel stairs and feature timber ceilings.

An impressive double-height ground floor lobby greets visitors, finished with travertine walls, floor tiles and timber ceilings and stairs.

Initially targeting a 5 Star rating, the project team challenged conventional thinking to achieve 10 Green Star Innovation points and elevate the project to 6 Star status and deliver an asset that is 60 per cent more energy efficient than standard practice.

It is also a collaborative hub for 1,800 NSW Department of Education employees and students of Western Sydney University.

According to the GBCA’s chief executive officer Romilly Madew, the 2000th project certification demonstrates Green Star’s “sustained momentum” since 2003.

Madew says 2,000 Green Star projects equates to 32 million square metres of building space – that’s more than the entire Sydney CBD.

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“A massive 37 per cent of Australia’s office space is Green Star certified and six per cent of the nation’s workforce head to a Green Star office each day,” Madew says.

“More than 48,000 people live in Green Star apartments and 550,000 people are moving into Green Star communities. And 1.3 million people visit a Green Star-rated shopping centre each.”

Australia’s property industry has saved 3.8 billion kilograms of carbon since Green Star was established in 2003 – the equivalent to taking 261,000 cars from the road each year or eliminating 46,700 households’ emissions.

“Leadership, collaboration and innovation have all been critical ingredients in driving this market transformation,” Madew concludes.