We were awarded a “World Leadership” 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for our Waterlea medium density residential development. This highly coveted certification helps to confirm the position of Waterlea as one of the most sustainable residential communities in Australia. Waterlea is our first medium density project to be rated under the Green Star – Communities tool and one of the first medium density projects in Australia to be rated.
The Green Star rating framework aligns with our own strategic priorities to improve the community and environmental outcomes of our projects. Waterlea scored full credits for ‘governance’ and rated highly across the five rating areas of ‘liveability’, ‘economic prosperity’, ‘environment’ and ‘innovation’.
The design elements of each home work to reduce environmental impact, including innovative features such as solar panels, rainwater tanks plumbed for toilet and laundry usage, and garages fitted with an electric vehicle charging point. For home owners, this means reduced power and water bills and a lower impact carbon footprint.
We have designed 20 per cent of homes to Livable Housing Australia Silver Design standard to provide for the needs of growing families and people with disabilities, injuries and life changing circumstances. Design features improve access to the home, navigational space within the home and provide a more comfortable living environment without compromising the quality of life for residents.
Anthony Scafidi, Senior Development Manager said, “We have worked closely with sustainability groups, the Green Building Council of Australia and Livable Housing Australia to design the new community to be a model development for affordability and sustainability. The team has worked incredibly hard over the past 18 months to deliver this outcome and we are proud to be at the forefront of sustainable design. We can expect to see continued customer value placed on Green Star homes with residents benefitting from design features that reduce the impact on the environment.”
Our Green Star ratings provide external verification of our projects’ sustainability credentials. We continue to use Green Star across all areas of our business to benchmark and enhance our performance.