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The ACT Government is targeting a 5 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for their new ACT Law Courts.

Involving a capital cost of $150 million, the new ACT Law Courts will meet the territory’s needs for the next 50 years and will create about 350 jobs throughout the construction phase of the project.

According to ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell, some of the environmental features in the design include a 110KW capacity solar photovoltaic array, solar water heating, rainwater harvesting and end of journey facilities for cyclists.

Corbell added that a new integrated heating and cooling plant arrangement and improved lighting systems will also contribute to the energy efficiency of the precinct.

Applauding the decision to achieve a Green Star rating for the Law Courts, GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew commented that the ACT Government has made a strong commitment to sustainable schools over many years and has been working with GBCA to achieve Green Star ratings for eight separate schools.

All these initiatives are part of the ACT Government’s efforts to achieve carbon neutral operations by 2020. Madew notes that a Green Star rating gives ACT taxpayers confidence that the infrastructure they are funding is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

She added that the long-term sustainability of the Law Courts will help the ACT Government save money, future-proof valuable assets, improve the productivity, health and wellbeing of workers and visitors, and ultimately create a stronger, more sustainable community.