The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has signed up Australian planning, design and landscape architecture firms – HASSELL and Tract Consultants to the Green Star Communities Supporter project.
Developed by GBCA, the Green Star Communities Supporter program provides organisations with a formal opportunity to express their support and commitment to the Green Star Communities national framework and rating tool.
The Green Star Communities framework and rating tool will set national voluntary benchmarks for the planning, design and delivery of best practice sustainable community development projects across Australia.
Professor Ken Maher, chair of HASSELL, said the GBCA's Green Star Communities project was a significant initiative focusing on the critical challenges of sustaining life in cities, towns and countryside through better design and planning.
“Successful outcomes will only be achieved through the GBCA's commitment to collaborative engagement across academics, professionals, government, industry and a wide range of people involved in shaping our communities," he said.
GBCA's chief executive, Romilly Madew, said the initiative has support from Australian state government land organisations, local authorities, leading developers, academic institutions and industry.
"Green Star Communities will help us manage our natural resources, minimise our environmental footprint and create places that are healthy, liveable and provide opportunities for people and economies to prosper," Ms Madew said.