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New Green Star Rating System for Public Buildings

The Victorian building industry now has a new rating system, developed by the Green Building Council of Australia, to assess the sustainable design and development of public buildings.

Launching the rating tool at the Melbourne Convention Centre today, Planning Minister Justin Madden said the new rating system would assess the environmental attributes of new buildings such as libraries, law courts, museums, art galleries and sports stadiums.

“Key criteria of the new rating include design, construction, material use, water usage, fit-out and transport accessibility,” Mr Madden said.

“The system will allow architects and builders to assess the green-star rating of their development and allow them to identify ways to improve the environmental performance of projects before construction starts.”

The new Public Building Rating Tool had its genesis in 2005 when Major Projects Victoria committed $50,000 to a pilot system to specifically rate the design and construction of the emerging Melbourne Convention Centre.

The successful pilot was further developed by the Green Building Council of Australia and launched as a new benchmark in environmentally sustainable design and development of public buildings.

“The Victorian Government has been closely involved in the development of the new system as part of its broad policy to lead in Ecologically Sustainable Design, which is reflected in the $1.4 billion Melbourne Convention Centre development,” Mr Madden said.

“I commend Major Projects Victoria, Plenary Group, Brookfield Multiplex, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture, who worked under the auspices of the Green Building Council of Australia to help develop this important industry tool.

“Victoria leads the way in its approach to sustainable building practices and governance so it is no surprise that this new rating tool was the brainchild of a local collaborative team.”

The new tool will also ensure that industry has access to a system of independently-verified certification to clearly demonstrate the sustainability credentials of public buildings.

In 2008 the Melbourne Convention Centre was awarded the first and only six star green rating for its innovative environmental design, setting a new global standard for buildings of its kind.

The Melbourne Convention Centre was officially opened to the public in 2009.