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Setting A New Standard For Sustainability: Our Mission To Achieve A 5 Star Green Rating At The Precinct

SettingANewStandardForSustainability

Did you know that our built environment is actually the world’s largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions? And that it also consumes around 33% of our water and generates 40% of our waste?

Regardless of what car you drive or what you eat, it’s where you live that largely determines your impact upon the environment.

At Norup + Wilson we’re very aware of this fact. When we say that we future proof all of our developments, that doesn’t just mean that we make sure that they’re able to integrate with whatever new technological advances are likely to happen down the line. It also means that they’re designed to be as sustainable as possible and have a minimal environmental impact for their entire lifetimes.

Launched by the Green Building Council of Australia in 2003, Green Star is Australia's only national sustainability rating system for buildings and communities. It’s a completely voluntary program that we’ve entered into because we wholeheartedly believe in their mission to encourage people to improve environmental efficiencies while boosting productivity and improving the health and wellbeing of our communities.

The Green Star Rating

Separated into different design and “as built” phases, the Green Star Rating system awards credits for different categories including:

  • Management

  • Indoor Environment Quality

  • Energy

  • Transport

  • Water

  • Materials

  • Land Use & Ecology

  • Emissions

  • Innovation

To score 5 stars, the building must accrue 110 credits in total. Below is a breakdown of some of the ways in which our development, The Precinct, is aiming to achieve this.

Innovation:

  • Our revolutionary new building air tightness test: we’ve developed a special new method of testing the air tightness of all of our buildings. This helps to ensure that temperature control and energy usage are as efficient as possible.

  • Contractor education: we've facilitated education sessions with all of our contractors so they’re best able to implement sustainability practises throughout the entirety of the building project

  • A life cycle assessment: we’ve assessed the building’s total carbon footprint over the course of its lifespan and have formulated a plan to minimise it.

Energy:

  • Solar hot water: photovoltaic solar hot water panels contribute to lowering energy usage.

  • Smart metering: this allows residents to download an app and monitor their water and electricity usage in real time and adjust their consumption levels.

  • LED lighting & energy efficient appliances: everything has been specifically chosen to enhance efficiencies.

  • Solar passive design: design features like overhangs & shading, cross ventilation, double glazed windows and building orientation combine to reduce the need for cooling during summer.

Transport:

  • Cycle friendliness: each apartment comes with it’s own dedicated external bike rack to encourage residents to cycle without encroaching upon the space in their apartment. There are also 73 visitor bike racks

  • Electric car friendliness: 8% of the total car parking space has been set aside for electric car parking bays.

  • Efficient use of space: a state-of-the art car stacking system means that 50 cars can comfortably fit into a space that would usually only hold 25.

These are just some of the many steps we’re taking to ensure that The Precinct is awarded the 5 Green Stars by the Green Building Council of Australia. We’re going the extra mile to achieve this, not because we have to, but because we want our developments to be an example of what’s possible in modern luxury apartment living.

We want our residents to be comfortable knowing that their choice to buy with us is a step in the right direction when it comes to preserving the planet for future generations.

Get in touch with us today to find out more about our sustainability initiatives at The Precinct and our other developments.

Because at Norup Wilson anything is possible!

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