$100 million development one of Australia's ‘greenest’
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Adelaide, Australia’s $100 million U City development has been given the title of the state’s “greenest” building, reports The Advertiser.
The 20-story building under construction is predicted to use 45 percent less energy and 30 percent less water than a comparable new building. Construction is expected to completed in early 2019.
Green Building Council of Australia CEO Romilly Madew commended the design, which achieved a rating 84.9 of a possible 100.
“The U City development represents world leadership in sustainable design and has achieved more green star points than any other project in South Australia,” she said.
The mixed-use building by Uniting Communities will include specialist disability accommodation and retirement residences, and also boasts solar PV, water efficient fixtures, a community bus and five electric car-charging stations.
Sustainability Minister Ian Hunter congratulated Uniting Communities, and said this goes way beyond “simply providing affordable power and water for occupants.”
“This is genuine leadership in reducing consumption of natural resources and lowering carbon emissions, and we’re delighted with their passion and commitment,” Hunter said.
Uniting Communities chief executive Simon Schrapel said the project had faced some challenges, but the developers were committed to sustainability.
The building was designed to achieve a six-star green star rating — a national voluntary rating system for buildings and communities launched by the Green Building Council of Australia in 2003.
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