The office fitout of Lend Lease’s Business Services in Sydney’s Chatswood has received a 5 Star Green Star – Interiors rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Representing ‘Australian Excellence’ in sustainable fitouts, the rating is the first under the Green Star – Interiors PILOT rating tool and is another first for Lend Lease who were also involved in the delivery of Australia’s first 5 Star and 6 Star Green Star As Built office projects and the first 6 Star Green Star public building delivered at Victoria Harbour’s Library at the Dock.

GBCA’s Chief Executive, Romilly Madew, says Lend Lease’s Green Star rating demonstrates that sustainable results can be achieved without a large financial investment, and without the base building requiring a Green Star rating.

“The base building, constructed in 1995, has recently been updated, but does not have a Green Star rating. Lend Lease is leading the way in showing that smart, sustainable design can be achieved in buildings without requiring all the latest technologies,” Madew says.

“We are also delighted that Lend Lease achieved this Green Star rating in Round 1 – which underscores the fact that Green Star continues to evolve and is becoming easier to use than ever before.”

The fitout accommodates global administration services for the company and the Chatswood site was chosen because the building’s double-glazed façade provides good access to natural light and external views and its proximity to the train station opposite makes it ideal for commuting. The structure includes activity-based working, as well as allocated seating and a 24-hour work zone for Lend Lease’s Human Resources call centre.

The project is also the first to receive a rating in the first round of assessment for any rating tools in the PILOT stage.

The Green Star – Interiors rating tool assesses the sustainable attributes of interior fitout projects across a wide range of sectors – from hospitals to hotels, and from schools to shops to offices.

The rating tool was developed in collaboration with Australian developers, designers, project managers and fitout owners from a range of market sectors, and provides independent verification that a fitout meets best practice sustainability benchmarks.