Skip to main content
Large building (the MAB) with multiple rows of solar panels installed on its rooftop (illustrative render format).

Tonsley’s 6 Star Green Star accreditation is an unprecedented milestone for the South Australian building industry. The internationally recognised certification, awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), represents the highest level of leadership and innovation in sustainable design and building practices.

Tonsley is Australia’s only urban renewal development to achieve this level of certification and is a testament to the world-class design principles which have guided the redevelopment of the former Mitsubishi site.

Green Star Communities

Launched by the Green Building Council of Australia in 2012, Green Star – Communities is Australia’s only national, voluntary, rating system for community and precinct-wide developments. Green Star is transforming the way our built environment is designed by driving the transition of the Australian property industry towards sustainability through the promotion of green building programs, technologies, design practices and operations.

Sustainability features of Tonsley

Sustainability is the cornerstone of the Tonsley redevelopment with current and planned sustainability features including:

  • The adaptive re-use of the Main Assembly Building (MAB) which prevented the loss of approximately 90,000 tonnes of carbon emissions embodied in its original construction.
  • Its rejuvenation has avoided carbon emissions of a scale equivalent to taking 25,000 average cars off the road for one year.
  • A public place where water sensitive urban design principles will support sustainability and reduce running costs
  • Connected walking and cycling paths for easy access to public transport.
  • A potential 3 MW solar array on the MAB roof to produce affordable and sustainable energy for Tonsley MAB tenants.
  • Communications infrastructure providing connected technology as well as providing a basis for a Smart Grid Energy system to further reduce ongoing energy costs and demonstrate a reduction in carbon emissions.

To learn more about Tonsley visit the Tonsley website and project page on this website and follow @TonsleySA on Twitter.

Was this page helpful? 
Would you like to be contacted about this feedback?