Green Star Buildings & Precincts

Green Star Building/Communities are built or refurbished using strict criteria that reflect the local biodiversity to deliver healthy, resilient and positive places that reduce environmental impacts including carbon, water, nature, and waste.

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 Science Building at Parramatta, the Peter Shergold Building (Parramatta City), Ngara Ngura Building in Liverpool, the Parramatta Engineering Innovation Hub, and the new Bankstown City campus underway.

Discussions are underway with GBCA as to opportunities relating to Green Star Communities accreditation for campus re-development. Western has contributed to Parramatta City Council's application for Green Star Community accreditation for the public domain of Parramatta Square.

Related Living Lab Initiatives

  • Penrith Sustainable Innovation Community

Compliance Requirements and Risk

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

Trends and Interdependencies

Green Star building accreditation is expected to change over the next few years to increasingly target low carbon or carbon neutral buildings as a requirement for 5 or 6 Star accreditation. Also, complementary rating systems such as WELL Certification (measuring and monitoring a building's impact on human health and well-being) are emerging, and currently being investigated for complementary application. A NSW Design and Place SEPP is being developed which will support an Urban Development guide which integrated consideration of green infrastructure, and coordination with Green Star for themes such as supporting EV infrastructure, and a building focus on net zero and embodied energy.


2023Outcomes of Parramatta Square Green Star Community rating, assessment of WELL rating scheme
2025Potential broad application of Green Star Communities to campus redevelopment

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, shown in the table below.

Certified Green Star buildings can be found in GBCA's Green Star Project Directory (opens in a new window) using the associated Green Star number.

Green Star Certified

Campus and BuildingGBCA ToolGreen Star
U10Education V114385 Star Design
Macarthur Clinical School
Education V120805 Star As-Built
WEducation V116625 Star As-Built
Outreach Campus
Education V114424 Star Design
Parramatta City
1PSQ Peter Shergold Building
Education V118895 Star Design
  19185 Star As-Built
Engineering and Innovation Hub
Design and As-Built V1.243706 Star
Parramatta South
EHaEducation V117646 Star Design
  27296 Star As-Built
Werrington South
Werrington Park Corporate Centre
Office Design & Office As-Built V315455 Star As-Built

Buildings registered for Green Star status, along with their target aspirations are shown in the table below.

Green Star Registered

Campus and BuildingGBCA ToolTarget
Bankstown City
1Design and As-Built V1.36 Star
Lang Walker AO Medical Research Building
Design and As-Built V1.35 Star
3Design and As-Built V1.14 Star
Westmead Innovation Quarter SP1
Design and As-Built V1.26 Star Design

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