Queensland Energy Minister Stephen Robertson opened Australia’s first Four Star Green Star industrial design building in November.
Energex’s new $21 million logistics warehouse at Eagle Farm was the first building of its type in the country to receive such a high environmental rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.
“The new facility, located on a 52,000-plus sq m site in the Australia TradeCoast Central precinct, features more than 20,000 sq m of storage and work space,” Mr Robertson said.
“The facility has a range of purpose-designed features such as energy-efficient lighting, air-conditioning, double glazing and alternative roofing materials which will not only reduce Energex’s carbon footprint, but also ongoing logistical costs.
“The Green Building Council of Australia certification signifies best practice in environmental design, effectively setting a new benchmark for this type of building.”
Mr Robertson said in addition to the environmental benefits, the new building delivers a range of corporate benefits for Energex, including lower operating costs and improved staff working conditions.
“Energex was outgrowing the previous, 70-year old facility at Banyo and had wanted to move its main logistics operations away from a built up residential area,” he said.
“The new facility accommodates more than 80 staff in cutting edge, energy-efficient work spaces.”