Call for some green leaders
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.