The South Australian Government has been awarded the first 6 Star Green Star – Communities certification for an urban renewal project by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for the redevelopment of Tonsley.
GBCA Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew, says the South Australian Government has shown how much is possible through an outstanding commitment to sustainability with Green Star, and an innovative approach towards the re-use of the former Mitsubishi manufacturing site at Tonsley.
“Tonsley’s 6 Star Green Star accreditation is an unprecedented milestone for the South
Australian building industry,” South Australian Treasurer Mr Koutsantonis said. “Tonsley is Australia’s only urban renewal development to achieve this level of certification and is a testament to the world-class design principles which have guided the redevelopment of the former Mitsubishi site.”
The project brings together industrial, retail, residential and education facilities to create a vibrant and sustainable precinct, now officially recognised by the GBCA as demonstrating ‘World Leadership’ in masterplanned communities.
Sustainability has formed the cornerstone of the entire Tonsley redevelopment and a number of exceptional environmental outcomes contributed to the 6 Star Green Star rating. Public spaces are designed using water-sensitive urban design principles, walking and cycle paths are fully connected for easy access to public transport, and plans for a 3 MW solar array installed on the Main Assembly Building (MAB) roof will produce sustainable and affordable energy for residents.
“The adaptive re-use of the culturally significant Mitsubishi MAB has prevented the loss of around 90,000 tonnes of carbon emissions embodied in its original construction, a saving equivalent to taking 25,000 cars off the road for a year. In addition to this positive environmental impact, the MAB has been rejuvenated with future use in mind. Flexible, modular and pod tenancies that can adapt to changing community needs will ensure this important part of the area’s history, remains an asset into the future.” says Ms Madew.
And the South Australian Government’s commitment doesn’t stop there. Tonsley has become one of Australia’s first ‘Living Laboratories’ through a unique collaboration between Renewal SA, University of South Australia and the Low Carbon Living CRC. The Adelaide Living Laboratory project brings industry, government and researchers together to find collaborative solutions to low carbon outcomes in the built environment.
“Through achieving 6 Star Green Star – Communities certification, Tonsley has become an exemplar for high quality, sustainable urban renewal both in Australia and around the world. The South Australian Government and Renewal SA are to be commended for their commitment to ensuring every part of the project delivered the best possible outcomes” says Ms Madew.