Green Star Buildings & Precincts

Within the Australian University sector, Western ranks third in the number of accredited Green Star buildings. Western is investigating the opportunity of Green Star Community application for precinct master planning associated with the Werrington campus redevelopment.


Key Strategies Emerging

Green Star accreditation can be applied to building design only or As-Built construction, performance of established buildings, fit outs, and community precincts. To date, 8 Green Star buildings for design and/or As-Built construction have been accredited by the Green Building Council of Australia (opens in a new window) (GBCA), with additional CBD campuses underway.

As part of the Western Growth Strategy, the establishment of vertical CBD campuses, and the repurposing of campuses such as Werrington provides an opportunity for increasing engagement with Green Star Communities, with discussions with GBCA representatives underway.

Management Initiatives Underway

Established and accredited Green Star buildings include those developed within the established campuses and the new CBD campuses. These include Werrington Park Corporate Centre, buildings for the College (Nirimba, Milperra, Kingswood, and Lithgow),
Macarthur Clinical School on Campbelltown Hospital, the new Science Building at Parramatta, and the Peter Shergold Building (Parramatta City).

Discussions are underway with GBCA as to opportunities going forward relating to Green Star Communities, and how these can be
leveraged for repurposed campuses such as Werrington, established campuses such as Hawkesbury, and as CBD neighbourhood
relationships such as Parramatta Square and the developing Bankstown City campus.

Related Living Lab Initiatives

Compliance Requirements and Risk

Accreditation is a formal process during design and construction, requiring the involvement of Green Star accredited architects and
auditing by GBCA leading to accreditation.

Trends and Interdependencies

Green buildings are becoming increasingly popular with their characteristics such as energy efficiency leading to reduced operational costs, natural lighting and reduced used of volatile PVCs reducing ‘sick building’ syndrome impacting on user productivity, and lease returns of a premium to investors.


2020Pilot Green Star precinct plan, Werrington Living Lab established
2025Rollout of Green Star Precincts, Werrington Living Lab ongoing
2030Demonstrated best practice

Initiatives and Case Studies

Green Star Accredited Buildings

Western leads NSW and was ranked third in Australia in 2019, for the number of Green Star building projects. These include:

  • Werrington Park Corporate Centre, Werrington South campus (5 Star, Office V3, Design and As-Built)
  • Building U10, Nirimba campus (5 Star, Education V1, Design)
  • Building 17, Bankstown campus (5 Star, Education V1, Design)
  • Building W, Kingswood campus (5 Star, Education V1, As-Built)
  • Lithgow campus (4 Star, Education V1, Design)
  • Macarthur Clinical School, Campbelltown (5 Star, Education V1, As-Built)
  • Building EHa, Parramatta campus (6 Star, Education V1, As-Built)
  • Peter Shergold Building, Parramatta City (5 Star, Education V1, As-Built).

Recent and developing CBD campuses include Liverpool City campus (4 Star, Education V1, As-Built) and the planned Bankstown City, Westmead and Engineering Innovation Hub, Parramatta for which Western anticipates 5 Star Green Star rating.

Towards Green Star Precincts

Green Star Communities represent a significant opportunity for Western to establish a benchmark for sustainable development in Western Sydney. The framework assesses the planning and construction of developments in relation to governance, design, liveability, economic prosperity, environment, and innovation.

Peter Shergold Building, Parramatta City

SDGs 4, 9, 11, 13