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The First Of Sydney's New Green Icons

Friday, 25th January 2013

Lend Lease's Barangaroo South project, part of the $6 billion Barangaroo urban regeneration development on Sydney Harbour, has been accepted as a pilot project for the newly-releasedGreen Star - Communities PILOT rating tool.

Green Star - Communities is an independent, national rating tool developed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) to support the design and delivery of more sustainable, productive and liveable communities.

According to the GBCA's Chief Executive, Romilly Madew, Lend Lease has a long history as a market leader in sustainability, and was an early adopter of the Green Star rating tools for buildings.

"Just as, back in 2005, Lend Lease's 30 The Bond demonstrated that green building was achievable, we expect Barangaroo South will become a new green icon of sustainability at the precinct scale," Ms Madew says.

Lend Lease's Managing Director for Barangaroo South, Andrew Wilson, says that Lend Lease piloted the first green building rating tools nearly a decade ago.

"Now we are proud to be a pilot project for the next generation of rating tools that examine the sustainability of whole communities. We look forward to testing our sustainability plans against the credit criteria, and assisting the GBCA to test the pilot tool on a live project," Mr Wilson says.

He adds that the Barangaroo Delivery Authority is also a sponsor of the Green Star - Communities tool and is supportive of Lend Lease's pilot process at Barangaroo South.

The GBCA will now work with Lend Lease to benchmark Barangaroo South against 38 credits in the Green Star - Communities categories of Liveability, Economic Prosperity, Environment, Design, Governance and Innovation.

Lend Lease aims for Barangaroo South to be Australia's first large-scale carbon neutral community. Ultra energy efficient buildings, efficient precinct infrastructure, on and offsite low carbon and renewable energy, teamed with zero carbon waste treatment and commuter carbon emission offsets will result in a net carbon neutral outcome in operation for the precinct.

Commercial towers are being designed to achieve 6 Star Green Star Design and As Built ratings, and residential developments to achieve 5 Star Green Star ratings.

With a mix of uses, including commercial, residential, retail and dining, along with a new landmark hotel, on completion Barangaroo South will be home to around 1,200 residents, 23,000 office workers and more than 2.9 hectares of public space.

About Green Star - Communities

Green Star - Communities is an independent, national, voluntary rating tool developed by the Green Building Council of Australia to drive more sustainable, productive and liveable communities. Green Star - Communities supports the planning, design and delivery of communities, precincts and neighbourhoods that prioritise environmental sustainability - such as minimising energy and water consumption, and reducing dependence on motor vehicles - alongside broader issues such as economic prosperity, liveability and community health and wellbeing. For more information, visit: www.gbca.org.au/communities

About the Green Building Council of Australia
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is Australia's leading authority on green buildings and sustainable communities. The GBCA was established in 2002 to develop a sustainable property industry in Australia and drive the adoption of green building practices. The GBCA has more than 700 member companies who work together to support the Council and its activities. The GBCA promotes green building programs, technologies, design practices and processes, and operates Australia's only national voluntary environmental rating system for buildings and communities - Green Star. See: www.gbca.org.au

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