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 architects 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 Health and Safety ratings 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. 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)
  • Engineering and Innovation Hub, Parramatta City (6 Star Design)
  • Olympic Park (5 Star Design)

Developing campuses include Bankstown City for which Western anticipates 5 Star, (Education) rating, as well as the Lang Walker AO Medical Research Building at Macarthur and the Westmead Innovation Quarter – SP1 both currently under review for 5 and possibly 6 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