Vicinity Centre’s giant solar energy program has won it the People’s Choice award at this year’s Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.

The retail property group has committed more than $75 million towards solar in total with a capacity of 31 megawatts, to be completed in 2019.

Earlier this year it also announced a trial of ClearVue PV’s solar power-generating clear glass at the Warwick Grove shopping centre in Western Australia.

Two Mirvac buildings took out the sustainable development awards.

The EY Centre at 200 George Street, developed and constructed by Mirvac and owned by AMP Capital and the Mirvac Property Trust, won the award for Best Sustainable Development – New Building.

The building has an automated facade that can adjust to control heat and light in what it claims is an Australian first. 

It’s also 100 per cent illuminated with LED lighting, and has achieved 6 Star Green Star ratings for design, construction and operational performance, as well as a 5.5 Star NABERS Energy rating and Australia’s first WELL Gold rating for Mirvac’s tenancy. 

The company’s purpose-built offices for the Department of Health and Ageing in Canberra was also recognised for its sustainability credentials, winning the CEFC Award for Best Sustainable Development – Existing Buildings. 

According to the Property Council’s chief executive Ken Morrison, the building is the first in Australia to achieve a “six- star ratings sweep”, with 23 Furzer Street achieving six-star NABERS Energy, NABERS Water and Green Star – Performance ratings.

Landcorp won the award for Best Affordable Housing Development for its Blackmore Park Estate, which is 12kms north of the Perth CBD.

Lendlease’s engineered timber International House Sydney in Barangaroo South won the Australian Development of the Year.

The Palais Theatre Redevelopment, which is owned by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, won the award for Best Heritage Development. 

See a list of all the winners.

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