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St George awarded 6 Star Green Star rating for Barangaroo branch St George’s Barangaroo branch has become the first bank branch and the first retail fit-out in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating — the highest rating possible. The Barangaroo branch fit-out received the 6 Star Green Star — Interiors rating by Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) after being assessed across nine categories. The branch was particularly praised for the following sustainable elements: • The use of building materials with a reduced environmental impact over their entire life cycle. • Reduced internal air pollutants. • Reduced water and energy consumption. • The inclusion of innovative options for community usage of the space. St George Retail General Manager Ross Miller said that the certification demonstrates the bank’s focus on innovation

footprint — although this is important”.

Star — Communities rating to the entire

to provide employees and customers with a

“International research has found bank

Barangaroo South precinct. Billed as

great place to work and bank, underscoring

branches designed with sustainability in

Sydney’s largest urban renewal project

its “commitment to ensuring we operate

mind are also better places for customers

since the 2000 Olympics and targeted

sustainably to support a healthy, happy

and staff — and can cut costs, boost

to become Australia’s first large-scale

and productive workplace for our people

productivity, attract and retain employees,

carbon-neutral community, the precinct

and our visiting customers, as well as

and provide a positive brand contact for

achieved an unprecedented sustainability

contributing to better outcomes for our

customers,” she said. “We applaud St George’s

performance score of 104.98 out of a

environment”.

achievement, which sends a signal to the

possible 110 points.

GBCA CEO Romilly Madew added

financial services sector that sustainability

that the achievement is “not is not just

is a strategic business decision.” The news

Green Building Council Australia

about minimising the bank’s environmental

follows the GBCA’s award of a 6 Star Green

www.gbca.org.au

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