Lend Lease has come out on top of a listing of property developers with the highest volume of new sustainable floor space, according to a key green building certification body.
Releasing its statistics for 2013, the Green Building Council of Australia says more than 100 new Green Star projects were certified during the year while 134 were registered, bringing the total numbers of Green Star projects since the rating system’s inception to 641 certified and a further 486 registered to achieve ratings – with particularly strong uptake in the office segment where more than 20 per cent of the nation’s building stock is now certified.
In terms of property developers, Lend Lease leads the way, adding 122,000 square metres of floor space through six new projects including the world’s tallest timber building: Forté at Docklands in Melbourne.
The company also achieved the first Green Star – Communities registration for its Barangaroo South development in Sydney.
“Lend Lease was an early adopter of Green Star, and has led the pack in demonstrating that sustainability is an asset, not a threat” GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said, adding that the company now had a total of 536,129 square metres of Green Star certified space with a further 776,900 square metres registered.
In terms of consultancies, meanwhile, WSP is the most active active from the viewpoint of number of projects registered, though AECOM has worked on the highest number of certified projects (16). Victoria led the way in terms of government leadership at both a state and local level, registering nine government projects and having six certified including four government buildings and the first Green Star-rated library in the City of Melton.
Madew praised the state’s policy makers for their leadership in this area.
“It should be no surprise, then, that government leadership has generated industry confidence and commitment to green building, with Victoria certifying the most projects in 2013, with 26,” she said. “We congratulate the Victorian Government, as well as the local government leaders in Melton, Greater Dandenong and Greater Geelong for their outstanding efforts in 2013.”