Five Victorian train stations gain Green Star certification
The Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) has worked with the Regional Rail Link Authority to develop a custom rating tool to guide the sustainable design and construction of railway stations.
As a result, the upgrades to Footscray, West Footscray and Sunshine railway stations and the new railway stations in Wyndham Vale and Tarneit have all received four-Star Green Star – Custom Design certification from the GBCA.
These train stations are at the leading edge of sustainable design – there are more than 100 solar panels that provide power and heated water to each station and extensive use of natural light in the design reduces the dependency on electric lighting. Energy-efficient LED lighting in areas such as car parks, forecourts, uncovered patron areas and many internal areas work on sensors that automatically turn off or reduce the usage of lighting and air-conditioning systems when not required.
A rainwater harvesting system collects rainwater run-off from roofs that is used to flush station toilets and wash platforms. The washrooms are fitted with water-efficient taps, urinals and toilets. Moreover, each train station uses energy and water meters to monitor consumption. To further contain water usage, low water-consuming and native flora has been planted around the station.
Based on the GBCA analysis, as a result of this upgrade the West Footscray railway station produces 40 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than a standard station design and consumes up to 60 percent less water.