Building destinations of the future

Development projects are a key avenue through which we can improve the environmental performance and overall Sustainability of our centres, bringing to life our vision to reimagine destinations of the future, creating places where people love to connect.

Vicinity’s Chadstone Retail and Office developments were certified 5 Star Green Star by the Green Building Council in June 2017, representing ‘Australian Excellence’ in environmentally sustainable building design.*

We use the Green Star Design and As Built tool as a framework for integrating environmental and social design principles into our development projects. It helps us identify  best practice solutions relating to energy, water, waste, building materials, transport and biodiversity for integration into our projects.

For our major developments, we target specific Green Star ratings and formally certify them.

Our development design brief sets out minimum standards for resource efficiency and other environmental aspects for major construction projects. For smaller scale refurbishment projects we use an ecologically sustainable design checklist to ensure best practice initiatives and standards are included in project design and delivery. These documents guide how we integrate aspects such as sustainable building materials, energy and water efficiency, waste management and recycling and ecological protection, as well as enhanced health, wellbeing and social inclusion outcomes into our developments and refurbishments.


Integrating Sustainability into our developments

In FY18 we will develop a sustainable design brief for our major construction, asset refurbishments and capital upgrade projects, which will set out a consistent set of guidelines for integrating the long term objectives of our Sustainability strategy into the development and upgrade process.

The sustainable design brief will guide how we implement our Sustainability strategy across a number of design and construction considerations, including investment in energy efficiency initiatives and solar, where feasible, to achieve significant carbon reductions. 


*Chadstone Stage 40 retail development achieved 5 star Green Star Retail Design v1 and As Built v1 ratings. The office development (Stage 38) achieved 5 Star Green Star Office Design v3 and As Built v3 ratings.

Case study: Chadstone Tower One – an example of Australian Excellence

Chadstone Shopping Centre, has had a long and positive history with the Green Building Council of Australia and its Green Star rating tools. Chadstone first piloted the Shopping Centre Design tool in 2007, and since then, we have three more developments with Green Star Design & As Built or equivalent tools, including Stage 38 – Tower One. Chadstone has also achieved a Green Star Performance rating of 3 Stars (Good Practice) in 2017.

Vicinity Centres’ Chadstone Stage 38 - Tower One has been designed and constructed to be of the highest quality and operationally efficient office asset, achieving a 5 Star Green Star Design & As Built rating (Office v3) that represents Australian Excellence. 

The development focused on many sustainability initiatives that make a measurable and positive impact on the environment, society while delivering value back to Vicinity, our tenants and our people.

Sustainability initiatives were integrated into the design and construction using the Green Star Design & As Built tools as a framework throughout the development process.

Some of the key sustainability features of the building include,

  • Completion of a whole-of-building, whole-of-life life cycle assessment during development, receiving recognition for innovation under the Green Star framework
  • Efficient luminaires and smart lighting control systems including motion detectors and daylight sensors,
  • Implementation of a building management system which includes energy, gas and water sub-metering for monitoring and driving efficiency,
  • Water use reduction through the use of high efficiency fixtures and fittings and a large rainwater harvesting system providing water for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation, and
  • The use of low impact building materials and a comprehensive waste management plan that provided appropriate capacity for recycling infrastructure, reducing waste from landfill.

Tower One has a NABERS pre-commitment Energy rating of 4.5 Stars, and ten months into operation, has been tracking well to meeting this target.

The building also placed significant focus on health and wellbeing, providing building users with exceptional indoor environment quality, including thermal comfort, fresh air and ventilation, carbon dioxide sensors and controls, daylight and glare controls, acoustic controls, external views, and reduced volatile organic compounds (VOCs) pollutants.

Sustainability at our new national office


In December 2016, Vicinity moved our two Melbourne offices into a single national office at Tower One, Chadstone.

The building received a 5 Star Green Star Design/As Built rating, and fit out was designed to promote collaboration, employee engagement, health and wellbeing and reduce environmental impacts.

Our new office space includes plenty of greenery and natural light – a factor that enhances employee productivity, and all work stations are located within three meters of an external window.  

The entire office is fitted with sit-to-stand ergonomic work stations, collaborative work places and a large break out area, where our people can collaborate, socialise and work more effectively.

An internal stairway connecting all Vicinity floors, high quality end of trip facilities, a wellness room and an innovation garage fitted with a table tennis table promotes both physical and mental wellbeing.

As a part of the office relocation, Vicinity also implemented a new waste and recycling program for our office, including a paper minimal workplace, which has resulted in over a 70% reduction in waste being generated compared to our previous office. Consolidated recycling and waste stations are also installed on all floors and kitchen areas to promote higher recycling rates.