Image: The Ford Building, Highbrook Business Park
Goodman New Zealand has made an extensive commitment to sustainable developments, and not just in terms of the buildings that the company owns or develops, but also as an operating business.
John Dakin, CEO of Goodman (NZ) Limited, says, “We are now proudly carbon neutral for our operations. Certification from Toitū reflects the priority placed on reducing our environmental footprint and the need for positive action to help mitigate the impacts of climate change. We’ve set targets for the future and are actively working to minimise emissions from our property portfolio and operational activities. It’s making us a more sustainable business and delivering better outcomes for all our stakeholders.”
The priorities and subsequent actions that Goodman has instigated sees it at the forefront of industry, committed to carbon neutral as well as targeting ‘5-Star Green Star’ developments.
5 Star Green Star
All of Goodman’s new facilities are to be constructed from sustainably-sourced building materials where possible with the development process carefully managed to reduce waste and other environmental impacts.
The development team works collaboratively with customers and consultants, incorporating the latest technology to maximise the operational performance and energy efficiency of our new buildings.
Targeting a 5 Star Green Star certification from the NZ Green Building Council, Goodman’s new developments will typically include:
• Energy-efficient design features including automated LED lighting
• Electrical sub-metering for performance monitoring and measurement
• EV charging stations
• HVAC systems that utilise low emission refrigerants
• Low-E double glazing to reduce noise and regulate thermal comfort
• Low-flow water fittings together with rainwater harvesting
• Use of low volatile organic compound materials and finishes
• Bike racks and end of trip facilities
Carbon neutral developments
With the built environment responsible for approximately 20% of New Zealand’s carbon footprint the level of embodied carbon within Goodman’s new developments is being critically assessed.
Preliminary analysis from independent construction consultants indicates that a standard warehouse design includes between 200 to 300kg of CO2 equivalent per square metre of net lettable area.
New materials and building techniques that reduce emissions will be utilised in the projects wherever possible. We will also offset the carbon embodied in the construction of new facilities – making them carbon neutral.
Targeting carbon neutral developments signals a shift in Goodman’s approach as it commits to a highly sustainable development programme, starting with the following developments:
• Roma Road Estate, Mt Roskill
• Rail Link, Savill Link, Ōtāhuhu
• Riverside warehouses, Highbrook Business Park
• Favona Road, Ōtāhuhu
Credit where it’s due
Tracking its greenhouse gas emissions since 2009, Goodman has worked with Toitū over the last two years, developing a framework to effectively manage and reduce emissions.
The carbon zero accreditation provides assurance that all operational emissions have been measured in accordance with ISO 14064-1:2006 and that unavoidable emissions have been offset with the purchase of New Zealand sourced and recognised carbon credits.
The certification encompasses Goodman Property Trust, Goodman (NZ) Limited and Goodman Property Services (NZ) Limited. Toitū’s carbon zero certification is a New Zealand based internationally recognised programme. The programme requirements meet and exceed international standards and best practice, providing partners with assurance that Goodman’s greenhouse gas emissions claims are credible and robust.