Two industrial projects in Queensland and New South Wales have raised the bar in green building and construction for warehouses and industrial facilities throughout Australia.
The projects have become the first of their kind to be awarded Green-Star –Industrial As Built certification by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
In Queensland, the Sherwood Road Bus Depot developed by Commercial and Industrial Property Pty Ltd has become the first of its kind to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Industrial As Built v1 rating.
Meanwhile, the Metcash Distribution Centre developed by Goodman Group in New South Wales has been awarded a 4 Star rating under the same tool – the first distribution centre to achieve this rating.
Championed by Brisbane City Council and owned by Telstra Super, the bus depot has been recognised for a number of initiatives, including light-filled offices, breakout areas and workshops, ‘excellent’ passive design and natural ventilation which makes the most of Queensland’s climate.
The project has also been recognised for its on-site water collection, re-use and management strategy that treats storm water through a biofiltration system which then provides most of the depot’s non-potable water demand.
Particularly notable achievements include:
- The recycling of more than 90 per cent of waste generated throughout construction and demolition
- A 50 per cent abatement in greenhouse gas emissions as compared to benchmark projects
- A 35 per cent net reduction (by mass) of structural steel while conserving structural integrity
- An overall average cement reduction of 46 per cent in the use of concrete through the replacement of Portland cement with industrial by-products such as fly ash and granulated blast furnace slag.
The distribution centre, meanwhile, incorporates 77,000 square metres of ambient and temperature-controlled warehouse storage areas as well as 5,500 metres of A-grade corporate office space.
The GBCA says that in addition to energy-efficient lighting, which it says will reduce energy consumption by around 30 percent and save more than 2,800 greenhouse gas emissions each year, the building will capture up to 300,000 litres of rainwater annually.
Furthermore, the building received an ‘Innovation’ point for materials efficiencies achieved through using a jointless steel fibre reinforced concrete in for the warehouse floor slab. This reduced the amount of concrete required by 16 per cent and reduced steel amounts by up to 40 per cent.
Moreover, the energy efficiency initiatives alone will generate cost savings of up around 30 per cent, says Goodman Group head of sustainability James Vasper.
GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew says both the bus depot and the distribution centre demonstrate that sustainable construction is attainable in the industrial segment of the market.
“Sustainability can be a simple way to deliver cost-savings in the industrial sector,” she says. “Operating from a Green Star-rated industrial facility has the potential to increase efficiencies, cut costs and reduce carbon emissions, not to mention reduce worker injuries and boost employee satisfaction and performance – benefits that will be realised at both the Metcash Distribution Centre and Sherwood Road Bus Depot for many years to come.”