The first Green Star – Performance rating has been awarded to the GPT Group for 800 Bourke Street in Melbourne.
The commercial office, fully tenanted by National Australia Bank, has achieved a 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating, representing ‘best practice’ in sustainable building operations.
“Gaining the first Green Star – Performance rating is the result of exceptional collaboration between a building owner and a tenant, and GPT Group and NAB now have independent, third-party proof that 800 Bourke Street meets best practice benchmarks for sustainable operations,” says Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Romilly Madew.
“As 800 Bourke Street was designed and constructed before the Green Star rating system was widely known, a 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating will ensure the building continues to holds its value in a highly competitive commercial office market, while demonstrating NAB’s commitment to providing workplaces that are productive, efficient and sustainable,” Ms Madew says.
GPT’s Head of Asset Management, Matthew Faddy says: “We are pleased to now have a sustainability measurement in the market for the performance of our assets. 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.”
800 Bourke Street’s operational performance has been assessed against nine Green Star categories: Management; Indoor Environment Quality; Energy; Transport; Water; Materials; Land Use and Ecology; Emissions and Innovation.
NAB’s Head of Environmental Sustainability, Nicola Murphy, says: “NAB’s partnership with GPT has delivered some significant results, including a 29 per cent reduction in energy consumption over the last two years. 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.”
“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. This 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating demonstrates that GPT Group and NAB are doing just that,” Ms Madew concludes.