The University's Sustainable Built Environment Designs policy (PDF 32.7KB) mandates that all new building projects costing more than $5 million must be designed to meet at least a 5 Star Green Star Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. In addition, all building projects under $5 million are to be designed in accordance with ESD (environmentally sustainable design) principles and are required to provide an ESD report structured according to the Green Star Rating System themes.
UTAS' recently completed Medical Science 2 (MS2) building in the Hobart CBD became the first educational building in Tasmania to achieve a Green Star rating for environmental design. The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) on the Hobart waterfront has also achieved a 5 Star Green Star rating.
Both projects have also won numerous awards:
- Australian Property Institute (Tasmanian Division), Excellence in Property Awards 2014 for the IMAS Building:
- Environmental Development Award
- Property Development Award
- Master Builders Association (MBA) Tasmania 2014 Excellence Awards:
- New Construction $50m-$100 million: John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture for MS2 building
- New Construction $20m-$50 million: John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture for IMAS building
- Best Use of Glass: John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture for the IMAS building