The February 2012 unveiling of the Sherwood Bus Depot was recognised as a national breakthrough in environmentally sustainable construction, qualifying as the first ever 5-Star Green Star Industrial As-Built v1 Certified building in Australian industrial construction history.
The Green Star rating system was developed nine years ago by the Green Building Council Australia (GBCA), a not-for-profit organisation seeking to drive sustainability within the broader Australian property industry. Compliance is entirely voluntary, however a growing body of evidence suggests that there are multiple rewards to be reaped by companies constructing to the GBCA’s ecological standards.
Resource consumption efficiency has been shown to lead to a reduction in overall operating costs for builders and occupants alike, however these businesses are increasingly extending their assessment of asset value from solely encompassing such financial aspects. The social and environmental returns on sustainability initiatives which complete the more comprehensive “triple bottom line” concept of corporate performance (financial, social, environmental) are nowadays occupying an increasingly larger position in strategy and corporate viability, and progressively turning out to be a competitive advantage.
This was a value proposition that the Brisbane City Council was committed to capturing when engaging CIP in developing “a low-impact and environmentally sustainable facility employing the latest technology and design innovations”.
According to CIP Managing Director, Paul McKenna, “Sustainability is a core focus of our team, and a significant point of difference in our market sector. From initial concept, through design, construction and ultimately project handover, the whole CIP team is committed to achieving the best environmental outcome for our clients. In doing so we have found more often than not a sustainable outcome will also deliver a commercial edge due to the cost savings afforded by energy efficiency.”
This strong commitment to providing ‘best practice’ ESD design initiatives was a driving force behind the Telstra Super owned Sherwood project. In meeting GBCA standards, CIP applied a multifaceted approach to the integration of sustainability initiatives within the entirety of the building’s design. Consideration was paid across the board to resource consumption, environmental impact, user well-being and life-cycle cost concerns.
“Telstra Super was attracted to this development because it supports a progressive and sustainable approach to transport infrastructure, and offers long-term value for all parties involved”, said Telstra Super Chairman David Leggo, who also chairs the Fund’s Investment Committee. “We are proud to align ourselves with this state-of-the art facility, which is not only a quality addition to our property portfolio but an important part of the city’s growing infrastructure.”
Particularly notable achievements of the development included the recycling of 91.35% of waste generated throughout construction and demolition, a 50.1% abatement of greenhouse gas emissions as compared to benchmark projects, a 35% net reduction (by mass) of structural steel while conserving structural integrity, and the use of concrete with an overall average cement reduction of 46% through the replacement of Portland cement with industrial by-products such as fly ash and granulated blast furnace slag.
The official GBCA award ceremony honouring the achievement is anticipated to be held on-site within the upcoming month. It is expected to be attended by representatives from CIP, Telstra Super and the Brisbane City Council.