Frasers Property Australia has become the first company to get a 6 Star Green Star rating for an industrial property, with its supersite on the aptly named Efficient Drive in West Park Industrial Estate, Truganina, 22 kilometres west of Melbourne.
The 74,546 square metre facility, purpose built for Ceva Logistics, was developed by Frasers Property Australia, and owned by Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust.
The facility features:
- a 300-kilowatt solar PV system that has cut energy costs by 25 per cent
- efficient LEDs and daylight controls that have cut costs by 22 per cent
- a rainwater collection and reuse system that is used for irrigation and toilet flushing
- active transport facilities including bike racks, showers and lockers
A life cycle assessment was also completed, which led to design changes that reduce embodied carbon by 71 per cent.
Green Building Council of Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said Frasers was “leading the pack” on sustainability in the industrial sector.
“Several initiatives – from the full lifecycle assessment to the education of contractors on site – are leading edge and will drive market transformation throughout the industrial sector,” she said.
Frasers Property Australia general manager southern region Anthony Maugeri said the company would continue to strive to reach new sustainability benchmarks across its entire commercial and industrial portfolio, citing reduced costs.
“The operational cost savings that have been created are not only significant to the bottom line for the customer, but also reduce our carbon footprint,” he said.
“We will continue to find ways to create greater efficiencies in all of our warehouses.”
The company is targeting 6 star ratings for two new purpose-built facilities in Melbourne, with a portfolio-wide target of a minimum 5 Star Green Star rating on all new industrial developments to be retained by the group.