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Green Building Council of Australia Update

August 29, 2017 0 Comments

The Green Building Council of Australia recently made an update to its Green Star tools to prioritise carbon reduction in support of the industry’s goal to have carbon zero commercial buildings.

Carbon Reduction for Building and ConstructionBuilders are now required to comply with the minimum greenhouse gas requirements. Buildings with 5-star Green Star need to obtain three Greenhouse Gas Emissions credit points and be 25% more efficient than a standard building.

The modifications in the requirements are quite subtle since almost 95% of Green Star buildings already meet the requirements. The goal of the modification was to demonstrate to the industry and the market that carbon reduction is now being prioritised.

“We expect to strengthen these requirements further over time,” said Jorge Chapa, GBCA Head of Market Transformation.

Other changes in the update include new pathways to encourage the use of sustainably sourced timber, measures to build industry capacity in air-tightness testing, and new requirements to promote wellness among construction workers.

“This is about building industry capacity and educating project teams about the value of air-tightness testing,” Mr. Chapa said.

There is a new pathway for the use of structural timber. Originally designed to promote engineered timbers like CLT and glulam, the pathway now requires the use of all sustainably sourced structural timbers.

“We have always recognised the use of sustainably sourced structural timber, but until now project teams needed to undertake a full lifecycle analysis to achieve Green Star points,” Jorge Chapa said.

“This change makes it easier for project teams to gain points using responsibly sourced timber, just the way we encourage the use of sustainable concrete and steel.”

“This change to Green Star is about recognising that a building is not truly sustainable if it doesn’t look after the workers who constructed it. While some of these changes are small, they will continue to build capacity and drive innovation in sustainable design and construction,” he added.

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