Curtin University has been awarded Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
Western Australia’s largest university received the rating for its Master Plan, which will see its Bentley Campus developed into a ‘city of innovation’.
Green Star – Communities is one of the world’s first independent, transparent, national schemes designed to assess and certify the sustainability of large-scale master planned development projects.
According to the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew, the Curtin University Master Plan was assessed against best practice benchmarks for governance and innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and liveability.
“A 5 Star Green Star rating signifies ‘Australian Excellence’, sets new sustainability benchmarks for Australia’s universities, and provides Curtin University with independent proof that its vision will deliver environmental, economic and social sustainability,” Ms Madew said.
“We applaud the leadership demonstrated by Curtin University, and also acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the project team responsible for delivering this outstanding result.”
The Curtin Master Plan will see 114 hectares of the University’s Bentley Campus transformed through urban regeneration over a 20-year period. It supports an urban economy based on education, business, technology, housing, public transport, the arts and recreation.
Stage 1 of the Master Plan is underway. As part of Stage 1, Wesfarmers Court – an innovation hub – was opened in December last year and was supported by listed company Wesfarmers.