GPT’s 800 Bourke Street commercial office in Melbourne has received the first Green Star – Performance rating, the Green Building Council of Australia’s foray into operational performance measurement. The building, which is fully tenanted by National Australia Bank, received a 4 Star Green Star rating.
GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said the rating had come as a result of “exceptional collaboration” between the tenant and owner, and would ensure the building held its value in the highly competitive commercial office market.
“It’s no longer enough to say your company operates responsibly and sustainably – employees, customers and the wider community increasingly demand that organisations walk the talk,” she said. “This 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating demonstrates that GPT Group and NAB are doing just that.”
NAB head of environmental sustainability Nicola Murphy said NAB and GPT had been working together to achieve better environmental performance.
“NAB’s partnership with GPT has delivered some significant results, including a 29 per cent reduction in energy consumption over the last two years,” Ms Murphy said. “This is a great example of what can be achieved when two organisations who recognise the importance and value of sustainability come together to find smarter ways of doing things.”
GPT head of asset management Matthew Faddy said the company was happy to have a sustainability performance measurement in the market.
“Not only does it allow us to benchmark our assets with those of our peers but it also assists us to drive consistent sustainable outcomes across the business,” he said.