Curtin University’s Greater Curtin Master Plan has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Communities certification by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for its continued commitment to creating a sustainable and thriving campus.
Green Star is an internationally recognised sustainability rating which assesses the planning, design and construction of large scale development projects across five categories including governance, liveability, economic prosperity, environment and innovation.
The Greater Curtin Master Plan was launched in 2014 to create an important economic and innovative hub for students, staff and visitors at Curtin’s Perth campus. The Exchange precinct is the first large scale development to be delivered as part of the Master Plan.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said Curtin was recognised for its work in the liveability and innovation space.
“Curtin was awarded Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating for the Greater Curtin Master Plan back in 2015 and to now receive re-certification by the GBCA is testament to Curtin’s ongoing commitment to sustainability,” Professor Terry said.
“Curtin was commended for providing access to a wide range of amenities and public transport, encouraging healthy lifestyles, developing sustainable buildings and storm water management systems, and recognising and celebrating culture, heritage and identity.”
Professor Terry said each building in the Exchange precinct is being delivered in line with Green Star- Communities guidelines and each building will also target a Green Star – Design and As Built certification.
“The Exchange precinct will encompass public spaces, commercial offices, speciality retail shops, new student accommodation, residential apartments, a boutique hotel, a new bus interchange at Curtin Central, and food and beverage outlets,” Professor Terry said.
GBCA’s CEO, Davina Rooney said that Curtin University has shown strong leadership and commitment to sustainability through a number of initiatives, which have come together with this certification.
“When you build an entire Green Star Community the benefits are far-reaching. Curtin University has shown true leadership in ensuring that students, staff and visitors will live, work and study in a healthy, resilient and positive environment,” Ms Rooney said.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the precinct develop and continuing to work with Curtin University to certify each individual building as they come to life.”
Two of Curtin’s city-based premises, located at 137 and 139 St Georges Terrace, have been awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Interiors rating.
Curtin is also hosting Green Building Day Perth 2020, which brings together WA, national and international property and environmental sustainability influencers and practitioners. The event is being held on Thursday June 4 and further information can be found online here.
Further information on the Greater Curtin Master Plan and Exchange can be found online here.