This award recognises excellence and innovation in sustainable design, construction, retrofitting and operation of existing or new buildings, precincts and tenancies.
This may be for commercial, residential, heritage properties and infrastructure projects in New South Wales.
City of Sydney: Green Square Town Centre
Green Square Town Centre is an outstanding model for sustainable urban renewal. The aptly named inner-city development leverages public transport links and ‘green infrastructure’ to minimise car dependence, emissions and water consumption. Its diverse range of innovative environmental initiatives include: Green Square Water, a storm water recycling facility that supplies toilets, laundries, cooling towers and park irrigation throughout the site; self-watering rain gardens; LED street lights; tree-lined, low-speed streets with separated cycleways; pedestrian-only zones and ongoing environmental performance monitoring.
Lendlease: Barangaroo South
Designed by Lendlease as Australia’s first carbon-neutral precinct, Barangaroo South sets a new benchmark for urban redevelopment. Sustainability underlies every aspect of the project from architecture to materials and processes. The result is a 75% reduction in carbon emissions, 80% operational waste recovery, on-site water recycling and a 6-Star Green Star rating for the entire site. Another innovation is the appointment of an ‘eco-concierge’ to support Barangaroo South’s hundreds of tenants and residents in meeting its environmental goals.
Local Government Super: Local Government Super Property Portfolio
Local Government Super (LGS) has achieved Australia’s first carbon-neutral property portfolio. Remarkably, the average age of its holdings is 29, demonstrating that older buildings can be environmentally sound when owners are committed to delivering sustainability. Since 2017, LGS has reduced the portfolio’s already low greenhouse gas footprint to zero with the installation of rooftop solar, plant and equipment upgrades and continuous monitoring. The portfolio’s consistent above-average earnings attest to the economic benefits of its sustainable investment strategy.
University of Wollongong: Desert Rose - a House for Life
The Desert Rose House is the country’s first net-zero energy home designed specifically to meet the needs of ageing and dementia-affected Australians. Incorporating groundbreaking technical and architectural innovations, it generates more electricity than it uses, minimises water consumption and allows its occupants to live independently for as long as possible.
Led by the University of Wollongong in collaboration with TAFE NSW and 86 industry partners, the Desert House is a world-leading example of sustainable, human-centred residential design utilising state-of-the-art technologies.
Wollongong City Council: Council Aiming for the 6 Green Stars
In 2019, Wollongong City Council achieved a 6-Star Green Star rating for its 32-year-old Administration Building, making it the oldest building in Australia to be so highly certified. A range of innovations were required to realise that outcome, including smart lighting technology, Bluetooth connectivity, rainwater tanks and efficient plumbing fixtures. The building is now 64% more energy efficient, saving the Council approximately $250,000 annually in electricity costs, with reduced water consumption supplying another $30,000 in yearly savings.