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Courierpost Development First Industrial Building To Achieve Green Star Certification

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Courierpost Development First Industrial Building To Achieve Green Star Certification

CourierPost's purpose-designed Auckland Operations Centre is the first industrial building in New Zealand to achieve Green Star Certification for its environmentally sustainable design, receiving four stars for best practice.

The 21,625sqm operations centre in Highbrook Business Park sets a benchmark for an energy and cost-effective green industrial building.

Incoming CourierPost General Manager Steve Beaumont says the company worked alongside Goodman (NZ) Ltd and the New Zealand Green Building Council to pilot the certification for industrial buildings.

"We're proud to be the first business in the country to be operating from a Green Star certified industrial building. A lot of consideration has been given to making this building environmentally sound, while housing our largest New Zealand courier operations centre capable of processing 18,000 items per hour.

"CourierPost is committed to being an industry leader and by investing in a facility of this nature we believe we're future-proofing our business in a move that reflects our dedication to sustainable practices, growth and providing an excellent service for our customers," says Beaumont.

New Zealand Green Building Council CEO Jane Henley says the release of the rating tool is significant for all industries.

Industrial buildings are quite different from all other types of building - from office to residential to educational buildings - and we now have a means of accounting for and measuring these unique characteristics," Ms Henley said.

"The result will be a change in perceptions of what an industrial building can be, from "smoke stacks" to green, highly productive working environments". The development of the Green Star - Industrial pilot rating tool is sponsored by Goodman. John Dakin, CEO of Goodman (NZ) Limited says Goodman is proud to receive the best practice rating for the development. "Our participation in the development of the Green Star rating tool through the CourierPost Auckland Operations Centre reinforces our commitment to sustainable building practices, says Dakin. This purpose-built facility is the hub of CourierPost's Auckland Operations, incorporating a range of attributes that maximise energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by 60% per annum when compared to a standard industrial building*. Throughout the construction process 80 per cent of all construction and demolition waste by weight has been re-used or recycled.

The green features include the buildings orientation, with extended office overhang reducing the amount of sun to the building faade resulting in lower ongoing energy use to control heating. The building has dimmer-able efficient fluorescent lighting and the office second story has a clerestory allowing daylight into the office, beneficial for productivity and reducing dependency on electric lighting.

Water usage is minimised by the installation of low usage water fitting, harvesting rain water for toilet flushing and landscaping that requires no irrigation.

Additionally, the indoor environment is equipped with carbon dioxide monitoring for the office area and carbon monoxide monitoring for the warehouse and specific environmentally friendly paints, carpets, adhesives and sealants were used in the construction.

The facility has cyclist and foot commuter facilities including lockers and showers in the office, bike racks under the office canopy and integrates with public transport with a bus stop directly in front of the staff car park.

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