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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

New green star building in Adelaide

September 04, 2007

A new five-star green star building, the Santos Building, opened in July in Adelaide (Australia).

Accommodating around 600 workers, the building is on a large Council site released by the Council for pedestrian friendly development.  Before releasing the site to developers, Council created a new pedestrian linkage between Flinders and Pirie streets, which it says has revitalized a previously inactive part of the city.

Lord Mayor Michael Harbison said that by creating pedestrian linkages through the large site, Council has been able to kick-start redevelopment in the Flinders Street Area.  “As a public authority, Council is able to forgo development on a portion of its sites to achieve development that creates walking links.  This helps to stimulate business success in the surrounding area”, said the mayor.

With strategies that include using recycled building materials, installing energy saving appliances, and maximizing natural lighting in building design, green buildings typically reduce energy use by 25 to 35 percent - up to 80 percent in some of the best performing buildings - resulting in significant long-term cost savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.  For more information on the role buildings play in local greenhouse gas reduction strategies, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Adelaide is one of 101 local governments in Australia that are currently Members of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the Oceania Region, please go to www.iclei.org/oceania.