The push for architects and builders to promote sustainable construction solutions has received another boost, with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) urging the NSW government to consider these initiatives in its future developments.
Despite the announcement focusing on NSW, it's an important consideration for all engineers and architects ahead of their next projects. With building information modelling products available, there is plenty of technology to assist in creating sustainable structures in all facets of the industry.
There has already been a reasonable uptake in green building projects in the state, with 199 of the 840 across the country situated in NSW. Of course, there is always room for more, and all future construction should at least involve the consideration of sustainable materials and methods.
The NSW has also engaged in environmentally friendly practices in the past, with the Energy Savings Scheme and Government Resource Efficiency Program both representing a commitment to the future of the state. Encouraging green building, both in civil and private projects, would allow this trend to continue in the coming term.
CEO of the GBCA Romilly Madew says there are many positives that could come out of an increase in green building projects, should they take off within the state.
The Baird government as the opportunity to demonstrate visionary government leadership and support development that is productive, cost-effective and sustainable by using Green Star", said Ms Madew.
We are particularly keen for Urban Growth NSW to embrace the use of Green Star – Communities for urban renewal and urban development projects."
Other positives suggested by the council include potential cost savings, with energy efficiency a key factor in GBCA ratings, along with improvements to workers' health and wellbeing as they can access cleaner and greener workplaces.
A concentrated effort is needed from all stages of the construction process, as green building elements in projects need to be brought in at the design stage.
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