Stockland has prioritised the development of Australian and world’s best practice Green Star residential communities across the nation, and the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has rewarded the company’s leading approach to sustainability and liveability.
The GBCA has accredited six Stockland communities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth with either 5 or 6 Star Green Star – Communities ratings. The accreditation assesses and recognises design excellence, innovation, environmental responsibility, potential for future economic prosperity and liveability within each community.
The latest recognition of 5 or 6 Star Green Star – Community ratings at the six residential developments throughout Australia, combined with the GBCA awarding a 6 Star rating to Stockland’s new green city of Aura on the Sunshine Coast in early 2015, makes Stockland Australia’s leading developer of Green Star residential communities.
Mark Steinert, CEO and Managing Director at Stockland, said: “Home buyers are increasingly interested in understanding and making informed decisions about the sustainability of new residential developments. The Green Star – Communities rating system uses a comprehensive scorecard to provides customers with a simple, straightforward means of assessing the sustainability of new communities.”
“We’ve made a very conscious and concerted effort over many years to improve the sustainability of our supply chain, the location and design of our communities, and by providing tangible long term benefits for customers who choose to buy and build in a Stockland community,” explained Mr Steinert.
Customers can expect any community that carries a high Green Star rating to have a well-considered masterplan to optimise liveability, an abundance of public open spaces and exhibit careful consideration for the protection and preservation of native flora and fauna.
The GBCA Green Star rating also considers the health and wellbeing of residents by evaluating access to transport, nearby schools, employment precincts and medical facilities, and every day conveniences and lifestyle inclusions such as proximity to retail facilities, parks, playgrounds, walking paths and cycleways.
Romilly Madew, CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia, said: “Now that Australia has signed the Paris Accord on climate change, sustainability is the only way forward for residential development. The property industry has an important role to play as we look to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The GBCA will be doing more to promote the Green Star – Communities rating system among new home buyers as a mark of quality and we commend Stockland on its leadership as an agent of change within the property industry.”
Stockland has achieved 6 Star Green Star – Communities ratings for its development of Willowdale at Denham Court in south west Sydney; Cloverton at Kalkallo in north Melbourne; and Calleya at Banjup in Perth’s south. It achieved 5 Star Green Star – Communities ratings for Altrove at Schofields in north west Sydney; The Grove at Tarneit in Melbourne’s west; and Newport in Brisbane’s north.