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Mirvac has published its 2012 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report entirely online.
The 2012 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report demonstrates Mirvac’s commitment to sustainability excellence, along with presenting the Group’s progress and achievements.
Over the year Mirvac continued to deliver improvements in the sustainability performance of its investment portfolio by exceeding its 4 Star NABERS target. Mirvac also conducted a carbon footprint analysis which shows it has continued to reduce carbon emissions while increasing revenue and net lettable area.
Mirvac’s sustainable development credentials are further demonstrated with 8 Chifley Square in New South Wales being awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Office Design (V2) certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, along with the masterplanned community at Highland Reserve in Western Australia receiving the prestigious Urban Development Institute of Australia's EnviroDevelopment certification in Ecosystems.
Visit the 2012 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report here.
Mirvac is committed to going beyond the hour
Mirvac was a proud sponsor of Earth Hour and the inaugural Earth Hour Awards.
Mirvac is committed to excellence in sustainability, managing and creating innovative, premium real estate assets now and in the future. Supporting Earth Hour since it began in 2007 is part of this ongoing commitment to long-term change.
The first annual Earth Hour Awards recognised the efforts of people from around the country who have gone ‘beyond the hour’ and taken action to help create a more sustainable planet.
Mirvacs Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report Highlights
Mirvac released its fifth Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (“CR&S”) Report achieving a level of A+ in the Global Reporting Initiative’s (“GRI”) Guidelines. To achieve this level Mirvac was required to respond to each of the core performance indicators in the reporting framework and also obtained third party verification for compliance.
In addition to this achievement, 188 objectives were published in this report which will be measured and reported against into the future.
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Harmony 9 Banksia Environmental Award Double Finalist
Mirvac's Harmony 9 concept home at Waverley Park in Victoria has been recognised by the Banksia Environmental Foundation as representing the very best sustainable practice in the country. As a finalist for two of the Banksia Environmental Awards, Mirvac has been recognised for its contribution to the environment and a sustainable future.
"The Banksia Environmental Awards are the 'Oscars' of green awards, so being nominated as a finalist twice over is a great achievement for Mirvac," said Corin Millais, Mirvac Group Sustainability Manager.
Harmony 9 is a zero carbon, 9.2 star concept home, an Australian first by a commercial developer. Harmony 9 serves as an educational and sales centre for Waverley Park which features 6 star homes for purchase.
Energy Efficiency Upgrades at Four Office Assets
Over the past 12 months, Mirvac has been awarded funding totalling $950,000 to assist in undertaking energy efficiency upgrades at four office assets.
The projects, to be undertaken at 1 Southbank Boulevard, 4 Riverside Quay and 6 Riverside Quay in Melbourne, and the John Oxley Centre in Brisbane, are expected to deliver energy savings of between 21 to 33 per cent and result in greenhouse gas savings of over 4,500 tonnes of CO2-e per annum.
Recognised with World Environment Day Green Building Award
The Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development has again been recognised, winning the UNAA World Environment Day Szencorp Green Building Award. The Mirvac School of Sustainable Development was the first building in Australia to be awarded a 6 star Green Star rating (Education – Pilot) and has received international recognition as one of the world's best examples of low carbon, sustainable design.
The World Environment Day Szencorp Green Building Award brings the total number of major awards the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development has achieved to date to six.
Sirius About Sustainability
Recently completed, the Sirius building at 23 Furzer Street, Canberra is designed to achieve a 4.5 star NABERS Energy rating. Comprising 46,000 square metres of floor space, the Sirius building has many sustainability features including an environmentally responsive facade, re-use of grey water and the latest generation energy efficient building services.
The building is named after the Sirius ship of the First Fleet, in accordance with other buildings in this office precinct.
Harmony 9 an Australian First at Waverley Park
Mirvac's 9.2 star energy rated, zero carbon home is an Australian first by a commercial developer. Designed as a concept home, Harmony 9 serves as a sales centre and educational display for Waverley Park and received the 2009 Monash City Council World Environment Day Sustainable New Building Award.
Harmony 9 has also won the Premier of Victoria's Sustainability in the Built Environment Award.
Project 4.5 at 340 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
As part of the recently acquired Mirvac Real Estate Investment Trust portfolio, 340 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, QLD is undergoing a $1.6 million energy efficiency upgrade. The upgrade aims to increase the base building NABERS energy rating from an estimated 1.5 stars to 4.5 stars.
The upgrade project involves major replacements of the air conditioning, lighting and heating water plant along with the installation of a comprehensive building automation and energy metering system.
Mirvac Releases 2009 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report
Mirvac recently released its fourth public report on corporate responsibility and sustainability ("CR&S") performance, highlighting its continued commitment to manage environmental, social and economic risks and capitalise on targeted opportunities to deliver sustainable development and investment outcomes.
The Royal, Newcastle Exceeding Standards
Incorporating an array of sustainability features including high efficiency air conditioning, systematic wall, ceiling and floor insulation and energy efficient lighting, The Royal exceeds NSW Building Sustainability Index compliance standards.
The centrepiece of the proposed initiatives is a large-scale gas-fired cogeneration plant being developed as the largest residential application of the technology in Australia.
Supporting Natural Habitats at Mossvale on Manly
Mirvac's recently completed eight hectare district park and waterway corridor at the Mossvale of Manly estate, maintained a significant portion of existing established vegetation, protecting important habitat and minimising the impact on local flora and fauna.
Thousands of native trees, shrubs and grasses have also been planted, reinforcing the existing vegetation and providing further habitat and additional food sources for local fauna including koalas.
Charity Homes in Western Australia
Mirvac WA contributed home sites from two of its Mandurah estates to important charity home projects, the 2009 Mirvac Telethon Home by In Vogue at Seascapes estate and the Youth Focus Charity House at Meadow Springs estate.
Proceeds from the auction of the Mirvac Telethon Home by In Vogue go to improve the lives of children and young people in Western Australia. Youth Focus is a private, not-for-profit organisation committed to the prevention of depression, self harm and suicide in young people aged 12 - 18.
Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development Wins International Sustainability Award
Bond University's Mirvac School of Sustainable Development, designed by Mirvac, has won the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors ("RICS") Award for Sustainability, at a gala ceremony in London.
The RICS Global Awards are one of the world's largest and most prestigious and represent the very best in construction and design in regeneration, conservation, sustainability and community development. The RICS judging panel awarded the Bond University's Mirvac School of Sustainable Development first place as the world's best example of low-carbon, sustainable design.
More Accolades for 101 Miller Street
The Mirvac and Eureka Fund owned 101 Miller Street North Sydney received the 2009 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Award for Commercial Development.
Chris Johnson, chair of the judging panel said, "101 Miller Street sets an important example of how to successfully refurbish an out of date office building and lift environmental performance and financial returns."
The Urban Taskforce award follows the Property Council of Australia Rider Levett Bucknall 2009 Award for Sustainable Development and the Australian Property Institute NSW 2009 Environmental Development Award.
101 Miller Street is setting a new sustainability performance benchmark for refurbished existing buildings.
Mirvac a Carbon Disclosure Leader
For the fourth consecutive year, Mirvac has been included in the Australia and New Zealand Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index ("CDLI") based on its response to the Carbon Disclosure Project ("CDP") 2009 request.
The Carbon Disclosure Project is an independent not-for-profit organisation acting on behalf of 475 institutional investors, holding $55 trillion in assets under management. The CDP 2009 request was sent to 3,700 companies globally. The CDLI recognises those companies that provided the most comprehensive disclosure of their emissions and climate change exposures in 2009.
The CDLI is useful to investors as it identifies leading CDP disclosures which will assist investors understand the potential implications from climate change and how these catalyse into financial outcomes.
Mirvac Retail Launches NeighbourhoodNet
Mirvac retail officially launched NeighbourhoodNet at Cherrybrook Village on Saturday 19 September 2009.
To be rolled out across our portfolio of shopping centres, NeighbourhoodNet offers a free, online ‘noticeboard' that connects customers to the community via their local shopping centre website.
Local clubs, schools and organisations are invited to make use of NeighbourhoodNet to inform the general public about matters of interest including meeting times, registration days, fundraisers and other activities and special events. NeighbourhoodNet is ideal for social clubs, family support groups, sporting clubs, volunteer organisations and charities who make up such an essential part of our community.
Mirvac Signs the Copenhagen Communique on Climate Change
Mirvac has joined more that 600 companies from around the world in signing the Copenhagen Communiqué calling on world leaders to agree "an ambitious, robust and equitable global deal on climate change that responds credibly to the scale and urgency of the crisis facing the world today".
A copy of the Communiqué has been be handed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and distributed to more than 100 Heads of State and Governments attending the UN Summit on Climate Change underway in New York.
In just two pages, the Communiqué sets out the business case for a strong and effective UN climate framework and offers a progressive global consensus on the shape of an agreement.