Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 26 Spring 2010 Contents 417 Green Star-registered projects, behind
VIC (114), NSW (99), QLD (82) and SA (38).
However, GBCA chief executive Romilly
Madew says the figures can be misleading
about WA’s performance. “Due to the number
of buildings and building projects across WA
as compared to other States, this represents a
far higher percentage of building projects
within the State registering for, or certifying
to, Green Star,” she says.
WA has just one six-star Green Star-rated
building – Stockland’s 2 Victoria Avenue, for
which Woodhead architects won The Walter
Greenham Sustainable Architecture Award
at the 2010 WA State Architecture Awards.
This compares with nine in Victoria and 10
in NSW. Looking at ‘best green practice’,
Grocon’s new six-star Pixel building in
Melbourne is the first carbon-neutral office
building in Australia and has achieved the
highest Green Star score (100 points with 75
points the benchmark for six-star Green
Star) ever awarded by the GBCA.
Romilly says Pixel is a masterpiece,
pushing boundaries in green building
innovation and arguably Australia’s greenest
building – quite possibly the first building of
its kind in the world. “This building will
redefine the way buildings are built in the
future,” she says.
Phillip Gresley, of environmentally
focused architecture practice Gresley Abas
(winner of the 2009 Australian Institute of
Architects Sustainable A rchitecture Award),
says the Green Star system encourages some
developers to build green. “But what we
need is a more holistic and courageous
reg ulatory environment. Compared to
Europe, we are hopeless.”
Climate change ambassador Gerard Siero
points to Germany, where legislation was
passed that by 2020 every house built will
have a 10-star rating (building is energy
neutral – there is no energy input to maintain
comfort or, if there is, it is renewable energy).
“And that’s in their lousy cold climate that has
30 per cent of sunshine we get,” says Gerard.
Since the start of 2009, renewable energy
heating systems are required in all new
German homes and homeowners have to use
renewable energy sources for 14 per cent of
the home’s energy for heating and hot water.
“Germany is supportive of buy-backs of
privately generated energy and there are la rge
Stockland’s 2 Victoria Avenue is Perth’s sole six-star
Green Star-rated building, while Melbourne’s Pixel
building (far left) achieved the highest Green Star score
ever awarded. INSET Tone Wheeler. BELOW Cameron
Chisholm & Nicol won a sustainability gong in the
Australian Institute of Architects 2010 awards for the
fit-out of its offices in the historic Sheffield House.
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