Westpac Barangaroo office awarded Highest Green Star rating in Australia


23 February 2018

NDY: Sustainability has become a key consideration in the modern office fitout. Besides the environmental concerns, reducing waste and improving efficiency can be beneficial to lowering operational costs.

This is why it is so significant that Westpac Group’s fit-out in Tower Two of Barangaroo’s International Towers Sydney has achieved a 6 Star Green Star Interiors rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). The project received the highest number of Green Star points achieved by any office fit-out in Australia.

Green Star assesses the sustainable design, construction and operation of buildings, fitouts and communities. The Green Star rating is based on a combination of factors, including resource usage, materials used in the fitout, sustainable processes, transport options and innovation.


Norman Disney & Young (NDY) was a key contributor to this project, providing mechanical, electrical and communications services that met the requirements to achieve the 6 star rating.

Notable design features of the fit-out include an extensive metering system that monitors major energy and water usage, using materials with lower environmental impact such as 95% reused, recycled, certified or best practice timber and PVC amongst other features.

Luke Dibden was one of the key consultants on the project. “We’re pleased that our services design has been able to help Westpac achieve their goals on this project,” he says. “We are always aiming to deliver effective, efficient and buildable designs that support the occupant experience, while keeping in mind the overall culture of the company.”

The GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew applauds Westpac for demonstrating leadership and setting an example for other institutions on a global scale.

“The rating reflects Westpac’s ongoing commitment to reducing its environmental impact. This commitment is increasingly expected by investors and consumers alike—the latter increasingly looking for evidence that companies are walking the talk,” Ms Madew said.


Westpac’s John Harries, Group General Manager, Operations, Property and Commercial Services said, “We are proud that we’ve been able to support the Barangaroo precinct’s goal of becoming Australia’s first carbon neutral community. In addition to receiving the highest score, we are also in a 6 Star Green Star Building, with the first 6 Star Green Star bank branch – St.George.”

Following an assessment across nine categories, the fit-out was awarded maximum points for reduced water consumption, reduced dependency on private transport, minimising harm and enhancing the quality of local ecologies and encouraging sustainability practices throughout the fit-out’s design, construction and operation.

“As well as reducing our environmental footprint, our emphasis has been on designing a workplace that provides flexibility and choice to help build an adaptable, health-conscious workforce,” Mr Harries said.

This latest rating builds on Westpac Group’s growing list of world-leading credentials in this area. Recognised as the world’s most sustainable bank for the 10th time in the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index, a number of the Group’s properties have been awarded the 6 Star Green Star rating. This includes Bank of Melbourne’s flagship branch at 525 Collins Street, the St.George branch at Barangaroo, and the Westpac branch at 150 Collins Street Melbourne.




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