23 October 2012 — Local Government Super has won the Capstone Recruitment Environmental Award at the NSW Division of the Australian Property Institute’s Excellence in Property Awards for its Carnegie Morgan Hill House, 120 Sussex St, Sydney.

Westfield for Westfield Sydney and Local Government Super for Exemplar Project, 76 Berry Street, North Sydney were both highly commended.

The judges said Carnegie Morgan Hill House had impressed “for its various sustainability features and achievements, in addition to the well-executed design and development of the project”.

“The building was the first to achieve a  5.5 Star NABERS Base Building energy rating without green power in Sydney and it was the site of the world’s first indoor environmental quality study, measuring the impact of base building sustainability upgrades and tenant productivity.

“The measurable environmental benefits of the project are impressive and include a 54 per cent reduction in annual energy use, a 46 per cent reduction in annual water use and 95 per cent material diverted from landfill.

“The project also implemented two innovative Australian technologies which deliver world’s best practice sustainability standards.

“These are the Shaw method of airconditioning which controls relative humidity and improves the indoor environment quality and Envirolite E1 lighting fittings which provide a wider and more even spread of light with reduced glare.”

LGS chief executive officer Peter Lambert said the greening of older office buildings in Australia had the potential to revolutionise how owners and managers retrofitted their buildings in the future.

“These building upgrades significantly reduce energy consumption across our property portfolio, lowering running costs and improving the investment returns for our members.”

Meanwhile, Carnegie Morgan Hill House was also the recipient of the Property Council of Australia national award for Best Sustainable Development – Existing Buildings in May 2012.

LGS has also been recognised for its sustainable investing practices with other accolades including two 2012 NSW Government Green Globes (2012 Climate Change Leadership Award and the Energy Award), the SuperRatings’ Infinity Award 2012 and Money magazine’s “Best Green Super Fund” 2012.

The API awards were held at the Powerhouse Museum on 19 October.

API NSW president Robert Dupont said this year saw a range of entries and sound numbers “which is something to be noted as financial sectors and the property industry have felt the strain of wider global markets”.

“The projects entered were of a high standard, representing great ideas and ingenuity in the industry.

“This year’s entries also indicate the large and growing spectrum of the NSW property industry, with a diverse collection of projects, people and organisations in the running for accolades.”

A full list of winners is available here.