Frasers Property Australia’s Fairwater community in Sydney’s west has delivered another sustainability first, achieving a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) to position it as one of the country’s most progressive environmentally friendly developments.
The achievement means Fairwater is the first project in New South Wales to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating – the highest possible recognition. Only a handful of projects have received this rating nationally.
From its conception, Fairwater has been synonymous with sustainability. The community’s green credentials encompass everything from geothermal heating and cooling, to a strong materials and waste recycling focus and thoughtfully designed open spaces that promote healthy, active lifestyles.
Frasers Property Australia's Fairwater community[/caption]A carefully conceived community development program and local infrastructure improvements were also integral to the 6 Star achievement, particularly given Fairwater’s proximity to employment, services and public transport.
Fairwater’s sustainability success required a Green Star commitment from the outset, explains Paolo Bevilacqua, General Manager - Sustainability, Frasers Property Australia.
“It’s critical to map out the sustainability initiatives at the beginning of the masterplanning process and an unwavering environmental focus must underpin the whole design and delivery phase,” Mr Bevilacqua says.
The environmental outcomes we’ve achieved at Fairwater reflect the broader sustainability mantra across our entire operation and the Green Star principles provide a very useful guide.
“It is important for us to be able to benchmark the performance of our properties and developments to continually drive improved performance and better future outcomes. Green Star enables us to benchmark our industrial and office properties, as well as our residential developments and communities,” Mr Bevilacqua says.