In recent years, sustainability has become a key focus for nearly all industries across Australia. Businesses are becoming more aware of their effect on the environment, and the many benefits that come from adopting more conscious practices.
In terms of design and construction, the demand for green, environmentally-friendly buildings is becoming more apparent, creating new opportunities and possibilities for the industry.
Green building on the rise in 2015
According to the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), there was a 40 per cent increase in the number of accreditations awarded in the previous year. A grand total of 216 projects received a green star, up from 156 in 2014.
The number of Green Star accreditations increased by 40 per cent in 2015.
In terms of states, NSW is leading the way in sheer numbers, gaining a total of 70 green star ratings over the year. Not far behind was Victoria with 62 and Queensland, following up on a solid 46.
The GBCA was pleased with the overall progress of sustainability efforts as the organisation has now awarded accreditations to over 1,000 projects across the country. In the coming year, the number of sustainable projects is only set to increase.
Securing Australia's reputation
As the Australian Trade Commission explained, Australia is in a prime position to become a global leader in green building. With the high level of research, an immense appetite for innovation, strong export strategies and a high-quality standard, the industry is set to reach new heights in the coming years.
David Parken, CEO of Australian Institute of Architects, stated that Australian architecture professionals have great potential to tackle the challenges of the future.
"How to do more with less while incorporating green and sustainable design principles is one of the most pressing concerns facing the building industry today," he explained.
"Australian architects are leading the way, garnering international renown for their innovative, creative and, above all, sustainable solutions to this major challenge of our times."
In order to achieve these goals, it is important to keep a consistent pipeline of high-quality projects. A significant example of continual activity recently is the construction of Floth's head office in Brisbane.
According to a January 4 Architecture and Design article, the building hosted a cutting-edge facade, offering a 53 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system and building services earning it a six-star energy rating.
If you want to find the talent to plan and build a sustainable marvel, speak to the team at Design and Construct today.