A new rating tool announced today by the Green Building Council of Australia will help build cleaner, healthier, more liveable cities for all Australians, the Greens said today.
The GBCA's Green Star - Communities rating tool will enable community developments to be assessed against six categories: Liveability; Economic Prosperity; Environment; Design Excellence; Visionary leadership and governance; and Innovation.
"Building clean and green cities becomes easier today with the publishing of this community rating tool kit," Australian Greens leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.
"So many Australians want to live greener, but some industries have muddied the picture by claiming their products and services are greener than they are. This tool helps measure how these developments stack up, and of course dramatically cut pollution and improve our quality of life."
Greens sustainable cities spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said Green Star was a significant step forward.
"This ratings tool provides the strongest guide for the new wave of developers who want to deliver the most innovative and sustainable built environments. It will help us evolve from greening our buildings to greening entire communities," Senator Ludlam said.
"It's time we moved from prototype to mainstream. This framework allows us to rate our communities for resilience, liveability and sustainability, and couldn't be better timed."
The Green Star - Communities rating tool is one of the world's first independent, transparent, national schemes able to assess and certify the sustainability of community-level projects:
It has been developed with 135 experts across Australia since 2009
The tool helps us evolve from greening our buildings to greening entire communities and includes the full spectrum of sustainability issues - economic, social and environmental.
The tool has six categories: Enhance Livability; Create Opportunities for Economic Prosperity; Foster Environmental Responsibility; Embrace Design Excellence; Demonstrate Visionary Leadership and Strong Governance; and Innovation. The framework is a ste of principles and aspirations to help guide and support the development of sustainable communities.
On its launch (Thursday 14 June) GBC will be seeking expressions of interest from potential PILOT projects. The PILOT process will enable the Council to test the tool's draft benchmarks and analyse feedback, which will then be incorporated into Version 1 of the tool.