The State Government’s Tonsley redevelopment has been recognised as a world leader in environmentally sustainable design and building practices, after being awarded the 6 Star Green Star – Communities certification.
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, who will this morning open the new Siemens facility at Tonsley, said the internationally recognised certification, awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), represents the highest level of leadership and innovation in sustainable design and building practices.
"“Tonsley’s 6 Star Green Star accreditation is an unprecedented milestone for the South Australian building industry,” Mr Koutsantonis said."
"“Tonsley is Australia’s only urban renewal development to achieve this level of certification and is a testament to the world-class design principles which have guided the redevelopment of the former Mitsubishi site.”"
Launched by the Green Building Council of Australia in 2012, Green Star – Communities is Australia’s only national, voluntary, rating system for community and precinct-wide developments.
Mr Koutsantonis said sustainability is the cornerstone of the Tonsley redevelopment with current and planned sustainability features including:
Chief Executive Officer at the GBCA Romilly Madew said the awarding of the accreditation reflects Tonsley’s outstanding commitment to sustainability.
"“Green Star is transforming the way our built environment is designed by driving the transition of the Australian property industry towards sustainability through the promotion of green building programs, technologies, design practices and operations,” Ms Madew said."
"“This transition is championed by industry leaders like Tonsley, which is pioneering the integration of green building initiatives into mainstream design, construction and the operation of buildings.”"
The GBCA is a national, not-for-profit organisation which is uniquely supported by both industry and government. Its Green Star rating provides independent verification that a building or community project is sustainable.
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