Green Star points obtained by Australian building projects

Xia, Bo, Zuo, Jian, Skitmore, Martin, Pullen, Stephen, & Chen, Qing (2013) Green Star points obtained by Australian building projects. Journal of Architecture Engineering, 19(4), pp. 302-308.

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The green building trend has increased rapidly worldwide in recent decades as a means of addressing growing concerns over climate change and global warming and to reduce the impact of the building industry on the environment. A significant contribution in Australia is the use of a series of rating tools by the Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) for the certification of various types of buildings. This paper reviews the use of the Green Star system in Australian building construction, and investigates the potential challenges involved in acquiring the certification of Australian buildings by critically analysing a database of most recently certified GBCA projects. The results show that management-related credits and innovation-related credits are the easiest and most difficult respectively to obtain. Additionally, 6-Star green buildings achieve significantly higher points than other certified buildings in the Energy category. In contrast, 4 Star green buildings achieve more points in the Material category than 5 and 6 Star buildings. The study offers a useful reference for both property developers and project teams to obtain a better understanding of the rating scheme and consequently the effective preparation of certification documentation.

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ID Code: 60101
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: green building, rating tools, GBCA, challenges, Australia
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)AE.1943-5568.0000121
ISSN: 1076-0431
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers
Deposited On: 20 May 2013 07:45
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2014 13:07

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