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Why should I consider Green Star when choosing a place to live?

Whether you realise it or not, you've probably encountered Green Star buildings or communities many times before. In our capital cities and regional areas alike there are Green Star rated buildings of all shapes and sizes.

 

You may have had a coffee in a Green Star rated shopping centre, worked in a
Green Star office, attended a lecture in a Green Star university building, visited a relative in a Green Star retirement living village or enjoyed the benefits of a
Green Star apartment.

 

And with thousands of projects across the country bearing the Green Star seal of approval, it's not just big cities that are reaping the environmental, social and economic rewards created by Green Star. Smaller towns and regional communities are starting to see Green Star rated projects popping up too.

A Green Star rated community, apartment or retirement living village has been designed and constructed with sustainability in mind –
and that means it's a better place to live.

 

Some of the benefits include:

With Green Star
you get the best

Living Green Star gives you all the information you need to make an informed decision.

      Something special

Sustainable homes don't just offer short term savings, it's an investment for life.

       Quality of life

Green Star rated communities, retirement living villages and apartments go above and beyond.

        Peace of mind

A panel of independent assessors award our ratings.

        An investment
in the future

Green Star is designed for future needs - not just today.

Better investment

 

Green Star rated buildings can be better investments for a range of reasons. They can cost less to heat or cool, which means less money spent on power bills. If you are purchasing a property in a Green Star rated community as an investment – this may add up to slightly more rent. If you are purchasing for yourself, it may mean more money in your pocket.

Better health

 

Because Green Star rated buildings are designed to maximise fresh air, sunlight and connections with the outdoors, and to minimise the use of toxic materials, they are healthier. Research has found that sustainably built homes can reduce the incidence of asthma and allergies, for example. 

 

An investment in a Green Star community is an investment in your surroundings, as opposed to the bricks and mortar around you. They usually come with facilities that encourage walking or cycling, and many have resident exercise and active living programs. Access to community gardens, fresh produce and health facilities, which are great for your mental and physical health, are hallmarks of Green Star communities.

Better for the environment

 

Green Star rated buildings use two thirds less electricity on average, produce two thirds fewer greenhouse gas emissions and consume half the water. That’s an investment in your future, and the future of the planet.

Better amenities

 

Developers of Green Star rated communities factor in as many local work, education and social opportunities as they can into their planning and design.  Having a range of amenities and services nearby will always make for a place where people want to live and a better investment.

 

They usually have good access to public transport, car and bike share schemes, as well as work, education and amenities close by, which can save petrol or even owning a vehicle.

Higher standards

 

In Australia we have minimum planning requirements for communities and minimum building requirements for homes. Having a Green Star rating means that your apartment, retirement living home or wider community has been designed and built to much higher standards – Green Star standards. The GBCA independently checks that each Green Star development meets its promises, giving you peace of mind.