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Ceres Organics gains first 5 Green Star rating for a food warehouse


Green Star is an independent rating system that assesses buildings’ sustainability across a range of criteria.

The Ceres Organics warehouse complex in Mt Wellington, Auckland has become the first building of its type in New Zealand to gain a Green Star rating.

Which isn’t the first accolade for the building either – having won the 2014 PCNZ Industrial Property Award – sponsored by Trends.

Ceres Organics’ 5,500 square metre home at 82 Carbine Road consists of a two level office building attached to large precast concrete warehouse. From the outset, sustainability was integral to the project.

The building is oriented to make the most of passive solar heating and natural light.

Built on a brownfield site, the project incorporated material recycled from the former derelict building. Concrete was chosen for the bulk of the building structure to give good thermal mass, helping it stay cool in summer and warm in winter.

The need for mechanical air conditioning and artificial lighting is minimised through natural ventilation and daylight harvesting.

Only two other buildings in New Zealand have been certified under the Green Star Industrial tool, and this is the first food warehouse to do so. A rating of 5 Green Star denotes New Zealand excellence.

Ceres Organics’ Managing Director Noel Josephson said sustainability was vital to the company’s ethos.

“Our business is organics, and we’re serious about walking the talk on sustainability. So the design and construction of our new building had to have low environmental impact. Getting the Green Star rating is icing on the cake, because it’s proof of the high sustainability standard we were aiming for.”

For more information contact New Zealand Green Building Council - Miranda James, 021 444 178

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