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.