26 February 2014 — Australand’s Keysborough Spec 1 in Melbourne has become the first industrial facility to register for the new Green Star – Performance tool.
The 27,200 square metre facility at The Key Industrial Park, which already has a 5 Star Green Star Industrial Design rating, is now targeting a 4 Star Performance rating.
The tool, which measures operational performance of a building and was launched as a pilot last October, had Australand as the principal sponsor.
Australand executive general manager – commercial and industrial Sean McMahon said the company was committed to improving the environmental performance of its commercial and industrial portfolio.
“Our success in delivering sustainable industrial solutions for our customers at The Key demonstrates what is possible in the industrial sector in an environmental sense,” Mr McMahon said.
“Australand’s principal sponsorship of the new Green Star – Performance tool reinforces our determination to lead the sustainability agenda in the industrial space.”
Australand sustainability manager Paolo Bevilacqua said the built environment’s focus on sustainability had now moved beyond offices, and that it made good business sense for the industrial sector to pursue more sustainable outcomes.
“Implementing sustainable solutions in the design, construction and operation of our industrial facilities enables Australand to future-proof the value of the assets we create and reduce costs for our customers,” Mr Bevilacqua said.
Green Building Council of Australia chief executive Romilly Madew agreed, saying industrial facilities could be more than tin sheds on concrete slabs.
“They can be productive, efficient and resilient buildings,” she said.
The Key features a host of sustainability initiatives, including:
- naturally ventilated warehouse spaces
- water and electricity metering and monitoring for all major uses
- Laserlite sheets for high daylighting levels
- rainwater tanks to supply toilets and irrigation
- fixed shading to prevent glare
- solar hot water and water efficient fixtures
- sustainably sourced timber
- 90 per cent reduction in common use PVC products
- low-VOC paints, sealants and adhesives
- T5 high bay lighting with daylight sensors