Sustainable education buildings in Australia: A green star review

Bo Xia*, Jian Zuo, Martin Skitmore, Albert Chan

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In order to promote green building practice in Australia, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) launched the Green Star rating tools for various types of buildings built since 2003. Of these, the Green Star-Education rating tool addresses sustainability issues during the design and construction phrases of education facility development. It covers a number of categories, including Management, Indoor Environment Quality, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Land Use & Ecology, Emissions and Innovation. This paper reviews the use of the Green Star system in Australian education facilities construction and the potential challenges associated with Green Star- Education implementation. Score sheets of 34 education projects across Australia that achieved Green Star certification were collected and analyzed. The percentage of green star points obtained within each category and sub-category (credits) for each project were analyzed to illustrate the achievement of credits. The results show that management-related credits and ecology-related credits are the easiest and most difficult to obtain respectively. The study also indicted that 6 Green Star education projects obtained particularly high percentages in the Innovation category. The investigation of points obtained in each category provides prospective Green Star applicants with insights into credit achievement for future projects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate
EditorsJiayuan Wang, Zhikun Ding, Liang Zou, Jian Zuo
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-35548-6
ISBN (Print)9783642355479
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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