Online guide helps home buyers find sustainable apartments, communities
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has launched a new website, called Living Green Star, to help home buyers find sustainable apartments, communities and retirement living villages.
“The number of residential developments with the Green Star tick of approval has tripled in the last three years, and we now have more than 100 around Australia,” GBCA CEO Romilly Madew said. “Increasingly, people of all ages want to live in homes that are good for their health and well-being, and good for the environment.”
Statistics, she added, point to a growing trend: More than 42,000 Australians already live in Green Star-certified apartments, and 420,000 people are moving into communities with Green Star ratings.
“If you are thinking about downsizing or upsizing, on the hunt for your first home or wanting to expand with your growing family, Living Green Star is packed full of real world stories of people living in sustainable homes and communities, and the benefits they’ve gained,” Madew said.
“But sustainable living isn’t just about carbon. It’s about health, well-being, affordability and liveability. We want Australian home buyers to understand why sustainable living is better for people, planet and the purse strings.”
Jonathan Cartledge, head of public affairs for the GBCA, said the site is the first of its kind to specifically focus on Green Star-rated residential.
“We have deliberately targeted a broad range of demographics – from first home buyers to downsizers – because we believe everyone deserves to live in a home that is efficient, affordable and sustainable,” Cartledge said.
“Our goal is to make it easier for people to gather information about sustainable homes – whether that’s an individual apartment, a retirement living unit or a block of land in a master-planned community – and to gain insights from real-world people already living in Green Star-rated homes or communities,” he said.
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