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QLD’s first 4-star retirement development

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THE first building in Retire Australia’s The Verge at Burleigh has become Queensland’s first new development to be built with a 4 Star Green Star rating and a gold accreditation for accessible design.

The vertical Gold Coast retirement village’s first building, Jasmine House, received the Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) after implementing passive design principles through the inclusion of smart insulation, grey laminated glazing, LED lighting and electric vehicle charging stations.

“4 Star Green Star rating represents best practice in environmentally sustainable building practices, which is not only good for the environment but good for our residents as it helps keep energy and water costs down,” said Judi Hutchinson, senior development manager at Retire Australia.

In addition to being the first new development in the state to be built a 4 Star Green Star rating, it is also RetireAustralia’s first such certification achieved for a greenfield site.

“The Gold Australian Liveable Housing accreditation recognises that the building has been designed in a way that it is easy to access and navigate as people age. An example of this is wider kitchen areas, which allows residents to use a mobility walker,” added Hutchinson.

Sustainable features addressing energy concerns also included building the facades to align to the solar pathway, including ceiling fans in bedrooms, living rooms and external balconies, lighting control and motion detection.

While features addressing water usage involved water efficient design initiatives which cut down on the consumption of portable water.

This included the installation of high efficient WELs rated fixtures and fittings, water efficient appliances and an air cooled VRF plant.

As a result the design for Jasmine House targets a 40% reduction in energy compared to the Green Star standard benchmark and a 20% reduction on the standard water benchmark.

“The Verge is a great example of a building that has been designed to be healthy for residents to live in, better for the environment and cheaper to run. We look forward to continuing to work with Retire Australia on the next stage of development,” said Nick Alsop, senior management of market engagement at the GBCA.

The first stage of The Verge at Burleigh comprises 40 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, in addition to a wellness centre.

While the second building, which will also target a 4 Star Green Star design rating, will include 66 independent living apartments, with the vertical village comprising three six-storey buildings upon completion.

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