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Lendlease’s Yarrabilba has achieved the highest available rating for sustainable precincts in Australia, demonstrating world leadership by achieving a 6 Star Green Star – Communities v1.1 certified rating, from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
Yarrabilba was assessed for its sustainability performance across five impact categories – Governance, Liveability, Economic Prosperity, Environment and Innovation – achieving a total rating of 84 points which exceeded the minimum 75 points required for the 6 Star Green Star rating.
Some of Yarrabilba’s high scoring sustainable initiatives include the CSIRO Virtual Power station study, fast electric vehicle charger, sustainable display home, recognition and integration of the cultural heritage of the site’s long history and commitment to education, skills and training.
Managing Director of Lendlease’s Communities business, Matthew Wallace, said the business was incredibly proud to receive this rating in recognition of the landmark project and the benchmark it is setting for communities of the future.
“Yarrabilba is the result of Lendlease’s approach to social, economic and environmental innovation, underpinned by a strong sense of community, jobs growth and the integration of sustainable urban agriculture,” Mr Wallace said.
“Innovation has been key to the community’s success, continually re-evaluating past achievements in the pursuit of more innovative solutions that redefine the benchmarks of best practice.
“Sixty-seven Yarrabilba households are currently trialing a Virtual Power Station 2.0 developed by the CSIRO which has helped residents save up to 60 per cent on their electricity bills.
“An affordably priced sustainable display home is also under construction, which will feature innovative design solutions, and will be built by Logan-based social enterprise Access to upskill the area’s long-term unemployed and disadvantaged groups,” he said.
Yarrabilba is one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland, and will one day be home to more than 45,000 people. This world leadership Green Star rating underscores that Lendlease is building this community with the future firmly in mind,” said the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew.
“A number of Yarrabilba’s sustainability initiatives are groundbreaking, and earned Lendlease Innovation points.
“Lendlease is undertaking trial plantings of pongamia trees which can be used to improve the soil quality and as a source of biofuel. Yarrabilba is also the first master-planned community in Australia to install a 50 kW DC fast electric vehicle charger. And its GroNative app is also a first, providing residents with scientific information about native vegetation in their community,” Ms Madew adds.
For more information about Green Star certification visit www.gbca.org.au