The ‘loop’ precinct development in Canberra will pilot the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) sustainable communities rating tool, Green Star - Communities.
The loop is a 40,000 sqm precinct development at Canberra’s Belconnen Fresh Food Market.
Green Star - Communities is a rating tool for communities, neighbourhoods and precincts that are sustainably planned, designed and delivered. It measures developments across liveability, economic prosperity, environment, design, governance and innovation categories.
The rating tool considers energy and water consumption and motor vehicle usage alongside broader issues including community health and wellbeing.
The developer, Rock Development Group, has planned the loop precinct to achieve Green Star rated buildings, electronic vehicle recharge points, a residential car pooling scheme, precinct energy generation, water capture and waste management.
The loop will comprise 338 apartments, 8,575 sqm of office space, retail space, parklands, communal gardens, and recreation areas.
It will be benchmarked against 38 credits in the Green Star – Communities rating tool categories.
The pilot process will enable the GBCA to test the tool’s draft benchmarks and analyse feedback, before releasing version one.