Active Super Property has just secured an International WELL Building Institute Health-Safety Rating for all eight properties within its portfolio, with the certification coming after the firm received a number one ranking in the NABERS Sustainable Portfolios Index 2022.
The WELL performance rating is a global framework for monitoring the health and wellbeing of communities. It assesses how “healthy” a building is across 10 categories: air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind and community.
In December last year, the IWBI revealed that Australia leads the Asia-Pacific market with about 25 per cent of commercial office space now WELL-enrolled, largely spurred by commercial property owners wanting to support a return to the workplace.
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Previously known as Local Government Super, Active Super has received certifications for carbon neutrality from Active Climate and its products from Responsible Investment Association Australasia. It manages around $13.5 billion in assets for its 80,000 members.
All eight properties in Active Super’s portfolio are all located in New South Wales, and are directly managed by its in-house specialist property team.
The portfolio includes office and industrial buildings at 120 Sussex Street and 28 Margaret Street in the Sydney CBD, as well as 2-4 Lyonpark Road in Macquarie Park, 76 Berry Street in North Sydney, and the 14-unit Allambie Grove Business Park industrial estate in Frenchs Forest.
The fund also owns three sub-regional shopping centres that were recently named as top performers in NABERS’ Energy and Water categories. They are Bridge Plaza and Village Centre in Batemans Bay, as well as MarketPlace Leichhardt in Sydney’s inner west.
In a statement, the head of Active Super Property, Scott Armstrong, said the certification would instil confidence and resonate with existing tenants, visitors, contractors and leasing agents.
“Being recognised by the IWBI demonstrates how important it is to have a proven environmental record at a time when commercial tenants are looking to upgrade to quality, mid-tier sustainable buildings.
“Tenants are looking for premises that are not only energy efficient, but that are also safe, healthy and satisfy their own green requirements.”
UPDATED 2 June to link to statistic.