Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) recently registered its Property Development Master Plan to achieve a Green Star – Communities PILOT rating, aiming to become Australia’s most sustainable airport.

The Green Star – Communities PILOT rating was developed and released in June 2012 by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) as an independent, national, voluntary tool to collaborate to achieve more sustainable, productive and liveable Australian communities.

The PILOT rating tool consists of 38 possible credits that can be earned through the planning, design and delivery of sustainable communities. The tool advises on the sustainable performance of a project’s planning and on the design and construction outcomes in seven categories: governance, design, liveability, economic prosperity, environment and innovation.

Brisbane Airport is the front door to Queensland and one of the three largest airports on passenger numbers in Australia. Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it is Australia’s largest capital city airport by land size.

Last year, the airport hosted 21 million passengers. There are more than 19,000 people working in the 420 businesses in the premises, a number expected to grow to 50,000 by 2029.

“Brisbane Airport’s property vision is for a sustainable centre for business, industrial, retail and leisure opportunities,” said GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew. “A Green Star – Communities rating will provide BAC with independent verification and global recognition for this vision and its commitment to sustainable development.”

BAC is taking an active role in reducing the long-term impacts of climate change and minimising adverse environmental impacts of both aviation and property development activities.

Brisbane Airport Property Masterplan

Brisbane Airport Property Masterplan

The project aims to maximise energy, water and waste efficiency, manage noise impacts, find a balance between the built environment and biodiversity, and achieve better practices in urban planning design.

“This is a significant step not just for Brisbane Airport, but also for the people of Brisbane, who will gain independent proof that their airport delivers environmental, economic and social sustainability not just now, but for decades to come,” Madew added.

The Property Development Master Plan, released in 2012 as a 50-year vision for the development of the land surrounding the airport, is the first of its kind for an Australian airport.

BAC property general manager Renaye Peters explained the organisation is looking to create a vibrant centre for commerce, innovation and recreation and to develop an internationally recognised model of sustainable building.

“A Green Star – Communities rating will help support the notion of the airport as the natural address for companies seeking a reputation for responsible development,” she said. “We welcome the opportunity to be involved in initiatives such as this pilot as it expands upon the environmental sustainability measures already in place, such as use of potable water and reduction in electricity consumption, and will strengthen Brisbane Airport’s reputation as Australia’s green airport.”

By 2031, due to its strong business and cultural links to Asia, Brisbane is expected to be a top 10 lifestyle city with a high performing economy and should become a global hub for resource and related service industry businesses.