The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has awarded Darling Quarter’s Commonwealth Bank Place a 6 Star Green Star – Office As Built v3 rating, the first ever building to achieve this sustainability milestone.
The construction project, delivered by Lend Lease, achieved the challenging rating through meeting comprehensive and rigorous Green Star credit assessment criteria.
Commonwealth Bank Place boasts number of sustainable initiatives including potable water reduction of 90% through rainwater harvesting and onsite water recycling initiatives, carbon emission reduction through energy efficient design, trigeneration technology and a high performance façade. The building and its systems also provide a healthy and highly productive workspace for its tenants.
Lend Lease wanted to push the boundaries of sustainable development, said the company’s Australian CEO Mark Menhinnitt. “We are seeing a real commitment from the property industry and governments at all levels, as well as the community, to tackle a major contributor of carbon emissions—our cities. Achieving this rating brings us one step closer in the journey towards sustainable precincts and eventually sustainable cities.”
He added: “Leading edge innovation in green technologies and design has helped us to deliver projects that we never thought possible.”
GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew praised the property industry for its initiative. “It is great to see the Australian property industry leading the way in innovation and continuing to deliver developments that set new benchmarks,” she said.
Commonwealth Bank Place is part of the new Darling Quarter precinct, a collaboration between Lend Lease and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, which boasts a vibrant food retail area with a range of dining options, one of Sydney’s largest playgrounds, a community green, youth theatre, and a 600-bay public carpark.
The $500 million project showcases a number of social, environmental and economic sustainability initiatives and sets global benchmarks in environmental innovation.