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Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star designed aged care home opens

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Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star designed aged care home, Rockpool Residential Aged Care in Carseldine has been officially opened.

The 150-bed facility, which blends innovation and sustainability underwent rigorous design, construction and operations assessments before achieving the prestigious rating.

There were considerable costs involved, however, the legacy for our residents, staff, the environment and the efficient long-term operating costs easily made the project worthwhile.

Rockpool Residential Aged Care CEO, Mel Argent

Awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia, the 5 Star Green Star rating assesses nine impact areas related to design, construction and operation.

Rockpool Residential Aged Care CEO, Mel Argent said the decision to build a 5 Star Green Star designed building was not taken lightly.

“There were considerable costs involved, however, the legacy for our residents, staff, the environment and the efficient long-term operating costs easily made the project worthwhile,” Argent said.

Rockpool CFO, Michael Watson, Member for Aspley, Bart Mellish, Rockpool CEO, Melissa Argent and foundation resident, Judith Clayton cut the ribbon to officially open Rockpool Residential Aged Care in Carseldine.

To achieve the 5 Star Green Star design rating, every aspect of the Carseldine project was evaluated.

“Everything is constantly being assessed and measured including energy and water consumption to ensure we meet pre-determined targets,” Argent said.

“The Carseldine site is gas-free, with the electricity-only solution complemented by hundreds of solar panels and several Electric Vehicle Charging Stations on site.

“We sourced our timber from sustainable supply chains, used recycled materials in the concrete slabs and walls, while the majority of our reinforced steel was made using energy saving techniques.”

Argent said the five-story building will deliver long-term benefits to Rockpool’s residents. 

Everything is constantly being assessed and measured including energy and water consumption to ensure we meet pre-determined targets. We sourced our timber from sustainable supply chains, used recycled materials in the concrete slabs and walls, while the majority of our reinforced steel was made using energy saving techniques.

Mel Argent

“We went beyond the acoustic requirements outlined in the National Construction Code, which means residents will enjoy a quiet and peaceful environment,” Argent said.

“The design and construction of the building has also factored in the potential impacts of climate change and significant temperature variations.

“Just because the building and construction materials are green, doesn’t mean we’re for-going any of the creature comforts our residents love.

Residents will have access to domestic kitchens for supervised cooking, walking tracks, an on-site laundry, landscaped gardens, a cinema, a coffee shop, outdoor BBQs, a hair and beauty salon, and a fully equipped wellness and vitality centre.

About Rockpool Residential Aged Care

Rockpool celebrates and nurtures its residents by delivering exceptional care in a kind and supportive environment.

Spacious, self-contained rooms provide residents with their own private sanctuary, but with enough space to host and entertain family and friends.

Family owned and operated, the home is fully accredited for:

  • Residential care
  • Respite care
  • Memory support care
  • Palliative care
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