What is a Green Star rating?
The Green Star Rating System is an internationally trusted and recognised sustainability rating system introduced by the Green Building Council of Australia in 2003. This rating system is used for the design, construction and ongoing operation of sustainable buildings and fitouts.
It is a voluntary rating system that is changing the way our built environment is designed, constructed and operated.
Green Star is aimed at creating healthy places for people to live and work, minimising the environmental footprint and financial spending for businesses.
Using Indoor Plants to Green your Building (increase your Green Star Rating)
The Green Building Council of Australia have included indoor office plants in their rating assessment of a Green Star building’s interior. Indoor plants hold a value of 2 credit points towards Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ-15) “Green Star – Interiors” rating, however plants must be maintained by a professional office plant hire company. This ensures the condition of the plants are maintained for maximum health of the plants.
Nowadays, there is much more emphasise on the impact our carbon footprint is leaving on the environment. More and more designers and architects are now using the Green Star Rating System.
Scientific studies such as the NASA study have shown us that bringing plants indoors to our homes and workplaces has many health benefits. Indoor plants help to remove harmful airborne Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) such as Acetone, Benzene, Ethylene, Formaldehyde and Trichloroethylene from the air we breathe. These VOC’s are commonly found in cleaning products, printers, furniture and paint and when inhaled can lead to allergies and headaches. Some are known carcinogens and prolonged exposure can lead to much more significant health risks.
What are the Benefits of Green Star buildings?
According to the Green Building Council of Australia, Green Star Buildings produce 62% fewer greenhouse emissions and use 66% less electricity than the average Australian building. Choosing Green Star can help you save money, create a healthy place for people to work and minimise your environmental footprint, helping to build a better future for us all.
Green Star Certification
Tropical Plant Rentals have been an inaugural member of GBCA since 2005 and have assisted many businesses achieve their Green Star Certification. Tropical Plant Rentals have a Green Star team who are qualified to assist you with installation and maintenance of your interior plantscape. We can assist you throughout the entire plant-out process of your Green Star Certification. We stay up to date and well informed of any changes to the Green Star Rating with ongoing training.
We can assist you with initial consultation, lighting requirements, design and selection process right through to your maintenance program. Not only that, we are able to assist with the completion and submission of your compliance documentation to the GBCA.
If you are interested in greening your building for the health and wellbeing of your staff and business, contact one of our team members at Tropical Plant Rentals online or freecall 1800 631 365.