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The key to a sustainable future in industrial

Australand’s Keysborough Spec 1 development at The Key Industrial Park in Melbourne’s east has become the first industrial facility in Australia to register for a Green Star – Performance rating.

Australand’s commitment to measure the operational performance of Keysborough Spec 1 complements a long list of sustainability achievements for Australand nationally and at The Key specifically.

The 27,000 sqm facility was originally developed speculatively by Australand but was fully committed prior to completion with high profile tenants Tyres 4U and Early Settler.

Australand is targeting a 4 Star rating for the project using the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) new Green Star – Performance rating tool, of which Australand was the principal sponsor.

Completed in 2011 by Australand, the development is the largest 5 Star Green Star industrial project in Australia, achieving a 5 Star Green Star – Industrial Design v1 rating in 2012.

It was also the 500th certified Green Star project in Australia.

“Australand’s commitment to achieve the first Green Star – Performance rating for an industrial facility underscores its leadership in sustainability.  Australand is demonstrating that industrial facilities can be more than tin sheds on concrete slabs – they can be productive, efficient and resilient buildings,” said the GBCA’s Chief Executive, Romilly Madew.

Australand Sustainability Manager Paolo Bevilacqua said the focus on sustainability has well and truly moved beyond the office sector.

“Implementing sustainable solutions in the design, construction and operation of our industrial facilities enables Australand to future-proof the value of the assets we create and reduce costs for our customers,” Mr Bevilacqua said.

“In the context of rising utility costs and increased awareness among customers of sustainability principles, the Green Star – Performance rating tool provides developers with even more impetus to pursue the most environmentally, socially and financially sustainable solutions,” he adds.

Australand Executive General Manager – Commercial & Industrial Sean McMahon said Australand is focused on improving the environmental performance of its entire commercial and industrial portfolio.

“Our success in delivering sustainable industrial solutions for our customers at The Key demonstrates what is possible in the industrial sector in an environmental sense,” Mr McMahon said.

“Australand’s principal sponsorship of the new Green Star – Performance tool reinforces our determination to lead the sustainability agenda in the industrial space. With our extensive portfolio of industrial facilities and estates nationally, the fact that Green Star – Performance enables us to measure and manage the operational performance of all industrial buildings is especially important,” Mr McMahon said.

Australand’s Spec 1 development at The Key incorporates a host of sustainable initiatives, including:

  • Naturally ventilated warehouse spaces
  • Water and electricity metering and monitoring for all major uses
  • Laserlite sheets for high daylighting levels
  • Rainwater tanks to supply WCs and irrigation
  • Fixed shading to prevent glare
  • Solar hot water and water efficient fixtures
  • Sustainably sourced timber
  • 90% reduction in common use PVC products
  • Low VOC paints, sealants and adhesives
  • Efficient T5 high bay lighting with daylight sensors,


About Australand

Australand is one of Australia's leading diversified property groups. Its activities across Australia cover development of residential land, housing and apartments, development of and investment in income producing commercial and industrial properties and property management. Driven by a highly experienced team of people who put their customers at the heart of everything, the core values of the business are passionate, authentic, dynamic and respectful.