Why did MIRRAT receive a 6 Star Green Star? What were the criteria?
Green Star is a holistic rating system that assesses projects across nine environmental impact categories: Management; Indoor Environment Quality; Energy; Transport; Water; Materials; Land Use and Ecology; Emissions; and Innovation. To achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating means that the project team has met best practice benchmarks in each of these categories.
How difficult is it to receive a 6 Star rating, and how many buildings have achieved this in Australia?
A 6 Star Green Star rating represents ‘world leadership’ in sustainable design and construction. While 181 Green Star buildings (13.4 per cent of all certified projects) around Australia have achieved 6 Star Green Star ratings, MIRRAT achieved ratings for both design and construction. The As Built certification demonstrates that the design intentions were completed in construction – an impressive achievement.
Why did MIRRAT receive this rating?
As Australia’s largest automotive terminal, MIRRAT has set a high bar for sustainability. Such a rating can only be achieved through steadfast commitment to sustainability and leadership. We applaud the entire team for an outstanding result.
I was particularly impressed with the use of a Remote Area Power System – a pioneering system that used batteries, solar panels and a biodiesel generator to power site offices during construction. This is an Australian first and has contributed to market transformation in Australia, and so was awarded an extra Green Star ‘Innovation’ point.
Don’t underestimate the ongoing impact these projects have on the industry – how we design, build and operate our buildings in the future. This leadership has far-reaching consequences that can only benefit us all.
MIRRAT is committed to helping customers achieve supply chain efficiency with reduced environmental impact. In your opinion, how well has the terminal succeeded in this regard?
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. By demonstrating transparency and accountability for the sustainability of its buildings, and by taking the time to understand the origins and inputs of the products specified, MIRRAT sends a clear signal to suppliers what it will and won’t accept when it comes to sustainable products and processes. This creates a ripple effect.
No company or individual can do it alone. Together, we can educate our own employees, and also our suppliers, our contractors, our occupants and our politicians, about what being green really means.
How important is it these days to have a sustainable infrastructure and supply chain?
For decades, many questions about the products and processes used to create our buildings have remained unasked. But a truly sustainable built environment demands that we not only ask these questions but answer them too. MIRRAT is undoubtedly part of this conversation.
What trends do you see in your area that will affect companies like MIRRAT?
Our collective future is shaped by the commitments made in the Paris Agreement – which sets us on a pathway to a zero-carbon future – but also by urbanisation, innovation in technology, a growing interest in wellness, and awareness of sustainability across the value chain. These megatrends will shape businesses of the future, including MIRRAT.
Personally, what has impressed you the most with the way the terminal has been designed and constructed?
For me, the fact that the design team has been able to embed sustainability into such a massive project is truly monumental.