Real Estate Commitment to Sustainability

Collins Place is committed to achieving long term sustainable outcomes by addressing Environment, Social and Governance matters

NABERS ENERGY

NABERS is a national rating system that measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings, tenancies and homes. Put simply, NABERS measures the energy efficiency, water usage, waste management and indoor environment quality of a building or tenancy and its impact on the environment.

It does this by using measured and verified performance information, such as utility bills, and converting them into an easy to understand star rating scale from one to six stars. For example, a 6 star rating demonstrates market-leading performance, while a 1 star rating means the building or tenancy has considerable scope for improvement.

For over ten years, NABERS has helped property owners, managers and tenants across Australia to improve their sustainability performance, reaping financial benefits and building their reputation.

NABERS is managed nationally by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, on behalf of Commonwealth, state and territory governments.

View our NABERS Energy Certificate

SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES

Over the last two years, a number of initiatives have been implemented at Collins Place to improve energy consumption and efficiency, including:

  • Chiller plant and cooling tower upgrades
  • The installation of energy metering.

In addition, our base building and tenancy floor upgrade programme is ensuring the integration of sustainable initiatives into the scope of works. This includes:

  • More efficient lighting systems
  • Upgraded air conditioning perimeter induction units and internal zones
  • Waterless urinal systems and AAA rated bathroom fittings.
The initiatives outlined above are in addition to the refurbishment of all lifts at 35 Collins Street. Despite being exempt from reporting on energy rating due to the mixed use nature of the complex, AMP Capital acknowledges that disclosing it is industry best practice.

WATER EFFICIENCY

A bit like the addition of winglets to the tips of plane wings to improve fuel efficiency, Collins Place is upgrading the rotor blades on its 5 cooling towers to improve efficiency. The cooling towers remove the heat from the building's air conditioning system. The AMP Capital property management team at Collins Place have identified an opportunity to improve the efficiency of the cooling towers by installing new fan rotor blades and a new water distribution system that will mean better heat transfer.

Collins Place has water sub-meters that measure water consumption at 35 Collins. The main water consumers in a commercial office buildings are the cooling tower, the showers, toilets and taps in the amenities. Toilets are dual flush, taps are low flow, and waterless urinals have been installed on levels 3-22. The cooling tower upgrades (including new blades and a new water distribution system) will improve the effectiveness of the cooling towers and reduce water consumption.

WASTE

AMP Capital is implementing a national program of waste audits in line with the best practice operational waste guidelines published by the Better Buildings Partnership. In collaboration with our supplier Foresight Environmental we are improving our monitoring and reporting processes and with your help we are seeking to minimise waste to landfill.

Graphs showing our total waste generated and recycling rate can be found here.

If you would like further information about how you can work with your colleagues to improve recycling and reduce waste, please refer to the best practice guidelines here.