St George branch achieves high-class rating

St George at Barangaroo has become the first bank branch and the first retail fit-out in Australia to receive a 6 Star Green Star – Interiors rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

The branch was assessed across nine categories and commended for its use of building materials with a reduced environmental impact, reduced internal air pollutants, reduced water and energy consumption and its inclusion of innovative options for community usage of space.

St George retail general manager Ross Miller said the certification reinforces the bank’s commitment to innovation, and providing its employees and customers with a great place to turn to.

“We know sustainability is something our people and customers really care about and we’re delighted our innovative Barangaroo branch is the first bank branch to receive a 6 Star Green Star rating,” Mr Miller said.

“This recognition underscores our commitment to ensuring we operate sustainably to support a healthy, happy and productive workplace for our people and our visiting customers, as well as contributing to better outcomes for our environment.”

The GBCA’s chief executive officer Romilly Madew congratulated St George and said the 6 Star Green Star is the highest rating achievable.

“This outstanding achievement is not just about minimising the bank’s environmental footprint, although this is important,” Ms Madew said.

“International research has found bank branches designed with sustainability in mind are also better places for customers and staff, and can cut costs, boost productivity, attract and retain employees, and provide a positive brand contact for customers.

“We applaud St George’s achievement, which sends a signal to the financial services sector that sustainability is a strategic business decision.”

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