Western Sydney has become host to the first ever 5 Star Green Star Industrial V1 development in the state of New South Wales.

The $15 million development, situated in the western Sydney suburb of Eastern Creek, is a storage and distribution facility which will be occupied by office equipment provider Ricoh Australia. The development consists of a large-scale warehouse area as well as ancillary office and technical facilities, and took only 10 months to build.

Sustainability features included significant amounts of native landscaping as well as bio-retention work, which were incorporated from the very outset of the project in order to minimize its impact on the surrounding environment.

A swathe of energy and water efficiency measures also served to bolster the sustainability chops of the project, enabling it to become the first industrial facility in New South Wales to obtain a 5 Star Green Star Industrial V1 rating.

“We adopted a raft of sustainable construction techniques on this development from inception through to completion,” said Jackie Waterhouse, owner of Jacfin, the developer behind the project. “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded the first 5 Star Green Star Industrial V1 Development in NSW.”

Waterhouse said Ricoh has featured in the world’s top 100 most sustainable corporate lists every year since its inception, and the development was an appropriate fit with the company’s corporate philosophy.

The Green Star – Industrial v1 rating tool is used to assess the environmental chops of new and refurbished industrial buildings throughout Australia and is applicable at both the design phase as well as the post-construction phase of projects. The tool assesses the industrial base building and its services, and does not include fit outs or industrial processes.

Jacfin is one of the leading industrial developers in New South Wales and currently has number of other similar projects in the pipeline. The company now hopes to establish campus-like facilities for both current and prospective clients in Eastern Creek.