Tradies Caringbah is forging a new green path for registered clubs, becoming the first club of its kind in Australia to receive 4-star Green Star Certification for Interiors v1.2 from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
The certification for the Club’s $10 million 2020 redesign and fitout was awarded earlier this year and represents Best Practice in sustainable design and construction.
“Sustainability is one of our core values at Tradies and it’s fantastic for our efforts to be recognised at such a high level,” says Tradies Group General Manager Jason McMaster.
The achievement has been a long time coming for the Club which commenced planning for the sustainable fitout in 2019 with PTW Architects and Pure Projects. Construction work began in April 2020 with Calida Building & Project Management and the club officially re-opened to the public in October the same year.
“For the first time, Green Star has stepped into a registered club, and it has arrived with a range of benefits for the community including better air quality, connection to nature and increased thermal comfort,” says Davina Rooney, CEO, Green Building Council of Australia.
“We applaud Tradies for their leadership within the hospitality industry and hope this is the beginning of a shift that will see healthier, more sustainable environments for users of community venues like Tradies Caringbah.”
Founded by GBCA in 2003, Green Star is an internationally recognised rating system setting the standard for healthy, resilient, positive buildings and places and has certified thousands of sustainable fitouts, buildings, homes and communities right across the country.
The Green Star Interiors rating tool used by Tradies measures the sustainability of interior fit-outs in everything from offices and hotels, to schools and shops.
With an emphasis on resource efficiency, harnessing natural elements through biophilic design, air quality and wellbeing, the Club’s standout categories for the Green Star Interiors certification include Innovation, Management, Water, Energy and Indoor Environment Quality.
The club features north facing windows for natural light, louvres for air flow, ceramic battens for natural thermal insulation, 3 live green walls, energy efficient lighting and a roof top solar installation to name just a few of its sustainable elements.
“Green Star certification was always one of our goals in the design for Tradies Caringbah and we are incredibly proud to have achieved that goal,” says Tradies Group General Manager Jason McMaster. “We are also grateful for the knowledge and experience we gained through the process,” he adds. “Sustainability is an integral part of everything we do at Tradies already but there was still so much we learnt about sustainable design and construction through the certification process.”
“We hope that Tradies Caringbah’s certification helps other clubs and hospitality venues realise how important sustainable design is and what is possible.”
Tradies Caringbah is now registered on the Green Building Council Australia directory as one of only three certified buildings in the Sutherland Shire.
Watch this space for more sustainable projects at Tradies in the future!