Sydney’s controversial new harbourside casino development, Crown Sydney Hotel Resort Barangaroo will be exempt from environmental ratings measures in gaming areas currently in place for the rest of Sydney Harbour’s buildings.
Government assessors allowed the unusual exclusions citing that the lighting and special air conditioning in smoking areas and exclusive gaming areas will be energy intensive as compared to other buildings in the new precinct, also being developed by Lend Lease.
Crown has signed a two-year agreement with Lend Lease to develop the hotel casino property.
Lend Lease will also develop other residential and commercial buildings at Barangaroo South, with a view to becoming Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral community.
The New South Wales state government had earlier stated that the casino project’s sustainability obligations would face different methods due to the lack of measurements specifically for casinos.
“The gaming facility portion of Crown’s Hotel resort will be excluded from the calculation of Lend Lease’s sustainability obligations, but there will be a separate obligation that requires the facility achieve world’s best practice for gaming facilities,” the Australian Financial Review reported a spokesperson for the New South Wales Premier as saying.
Robin Mellon, COO at the Green Building Council Australia said the Green Star rating tool could also be applied to casinos and hotels.
“Just as we are working with other hotels, restaurants and public building projects, we can work with Crown to ensure the development meets best practice benchmarks for sustainability,” Mr Mellon told the Australian Financial Review.
“While it’s true that casinos do consume a lot of electricity, other building types that are high consumers of electricity, such as hospitals, are achieving Green Star ratings,” he added.