Call for some green lead­ers

Pilbara News - - Property - He­len Shield

The Green Build­ing Coun­cil of Aus­tralia is urg­ing politi­cians to take lead­er­ship po­si­tions on cre­at­ing sus­tain­able build­ings, com­mu­ni­ties and cities.

The coun­cil, which has out­lined five pri­or­i­ties it wants the na­tion’s lead­ers to con­sider be­fore the July 2 elec­tion, said Aus­tralia’s prop­erty in­dus­try had been ranked “global green leader” for five years run­ning by Global Real Es­tate Sus­tain­abil­ity Bench­mark.

“For the past decade, the Aus­tralian prop­erty and con­struc­tion in­dus­try has been com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions, de­liv­er­ing cost sav­ings, boost­ing health and pro­duc­tiv­ity and cre­at­ing places that are good for the en­vi­ron­ment and for peo­ple,” GBCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Romilly Madew said, adding lead­er­ship from Aus­tralian lead­ers was vi­tal.

The first of the GBCA’s pri­or­i­ties was based on Aus­tralia’s de­ci­sion to sign the Paris agree­ment in April that com­mit­ted the coun­try to mov­ing to a “net zero” car­bon econ­omy by 2050. It wants the min­i­mum stan­dards for build­ings raised, as they gen­er­ate 23 per cent of Aus­tralia’s emis­sions, and the po­ten­tial of mid-tier build­ings har­nessed.

In its re­port, GBCA cites WA’s Lendlease, LandCorp and Syn­ergy as an ex­am­ple where the trio are pi­o­neer­ing a com­mu­nity-level bat­tery stor­age pro­gram at Lendlease’s res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment at Alki­mos, north of Perth.

The pi­lot, at the first 6 Star Green Star hous­ing project in Aus­tralia, will in­clude 1.1MW of lithium ion bat­tery stor­age that will ser­vice more than 100 homes with rooftop so­lar pan­els.

So­lar pan­els and gas-boosted hot wa­ter sys­tems are manda­tory for all homes and res­i­dents are of­fered a range of fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives to choose en­ergy-ef­fi­cient hous­ing op­tions.

“To­gether these ini­tia­tives are ex­pected to re­duce home en­ergy bills by up to 50 per cent,” the Green Star elec­tion 2016 plat­form said.

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