One of Metcash’s distribution centre is one of two industrial projects who have been the first to be awarded Green Star – As Built rating.

The Metcash distribution centre in NSW, developed by Goodman Group, is the first distribution centre to be awarded a 4 Star rating under the Green Star – Industrial As Built v1 rating tool.

The centre incorporates more than 77,000 square metres of ambient and temperature-controlled warehouse storage areas and 5,500 square metres of A-grade corporate office space.

The building features energy-efficient lighting which will reduce energy consumption by around 30 per cent and save more than 2,800 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Up to 300,000 litres of rainwater per year will be captured from the warehouse’s roof before being recycled for landscape irrigation, toilet flushing, cooling towers and truck washing.

A Green Star ‘Innovation’ point was awarded for the materials efficiencies achieved through using a jointless steel fibre reinforced concrete in for the warehouse floor slab, which reduced the amount of concrete needed by 16 per cent, and the amount of steel needed by 40 per cent.

“The Metcash grocery distribution centre in Western Sydney achieves four key measures of sustainability – benefits in running costs, individual employee benefits, improved organisational culture, and environmental benefits,” Silvestro Morabito, Metcash CEO, says. 

“We are really pleased with the Green Star rating, which signifies that the distribution centre represents best practice in environmentally sustainable design. It will offer ongoing environmental and cost efficiencies, while also fostering a sense of pride and a culture of innovation.”

The Sherwood Road Bus Depot, developed by Commercial & Industrial Property Pty Ltd (CIP), championed by the Brisbane City Council and owned by Telstra Super, has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Industrial As Built v1 rating, and is also the first of its kind to be granted this rating.