Frasers Property Industrial is committed to creating long-term sustainable assets in the industrial and logistics sector that can achieve ambitious clean energy targets. Measuring performance and finding innovative ways to support the futures of our customers is key.
As part of this mission, Frasers Property Industrial recently worked with American retail giant, Williams-Sonoma to deliver one of the most sustainable industrial buildings in Australia.
Completed in August 2021, Williams-Sonoma’s 16,478sqm built-to-suit storage and distribution warehouse at The Horsley Park Estate is the first in Australia to implement a net-zero carbon solution through a combination of solar power, battery storage and biodiesel back-up generation.
Frasers Property Industrial partnered with Frasers Property’s certified carbon neutral energy provider Real Utilities on a pilot program to deploy 100% certified carbon neutral electricity for all of the facilities’ operations, transitioning to 100% renewable electricity from 2023 onwards.
The innovative facility, which is Williams-Sonoma’s first directly leased storage and distribution warehouse in Australia, will target the Australian government-backed Climate Active Carbon Neutral Building Certification, as well as a 5 Star Green Star Design and As-Built rating v1.3 from the Green Building Council of Australia.
Throughout the design and delivery of the innovative new facility, Frasers Property established a compelling customer relationship with Williams-Sonoma. Williams-Sonoma has been empowered with a clean energy solution that supports ambitious sustainability targets and a better, brighter future.Located within the established industrial areas of Horsley Park and Eastern Creek, The Horsley Park Estate is one of Sydney’s leading industrial precincts due to its sustainability credentials and its strategic location in a region which is experiencing significant investment from the government and private sector. The Horsley Park Estate sprawls across 10 hectares, with a total of 57,087 square metres of warehousing space.
Key sustainability facts and figures
- 100%Carbon neutral power supply
- 275kW onsite solar PV
- 200kWh onsite battery storage system
- 180kVa backup biodiesel generator
- 120,238 kWh estimated total energy savings per year – equivalent to 1 truck, 24 cars and 22 houses
- $22,484 estimated electrical operational costs savings per year
Other key facts and figures
- 17,548sqm gross lettable area
- 16,478sqm warehouse area
- 97 car spaces
- 34-metre-wide dedicated truck loading area
Key sustainability initiatives
In an Australian-first, Williams-Sonoma’s new storage and distribution warehouse is supplied 100% certified carbon neutral energy via a suite of products installed at the facility:
- 275kW of solar PV, which converts sunlight into electricity, allowing the building to generate its own renewable energy
- An onsite 200kWh battery storage system, which enables renewable energy to be stored, allowing the facility to then release it when needed
- A180kVa backup biodiesel generator, which can produce energy through plant source-derived biodegradable fuel, eliminating any fossil fuels used on site, such as diesel
Any additional energy supply required at the facility is carbon offset to ensure the facility remains powered by clean energy only.By being able to access renewable energy at the same price as regular energy retailers, Williams-Sonoma is able to better support its sustainability initiatives and achieve a greater return on investment.Below is a summary of other key sustainability initiatives at Williams-Sonoma’s The Horsley Park Estate facility:
- Lower embodied carbon footprint of the concrete warehouse floor, with 16% reduction compared to a business-as-usual development
- A 39kL rainwater tank
- LED lighting with automatic controls (daylight and motion sensors)
We know every business is unique. It's why each project begins with a deep understanding of what our customers need: from geographical considerations to specific sector requirements and more. This gives us the insight to deliver beyond our customers’ demands for today and well beyond tomorrow.
As an established market leader in the industrial, logistics and commercial property sectors, Frasers Property Industrial is committed to ambitious industrial sustainability goals. We aim to provide on-site renewable energy to all new developments and a minimum of 55% of investment assets in 2021 and be entirely net-zero carbon in development and operation by 30 September 2030.
In the case of Williams-Sonoma, the retail giant has a global mission to create more resilient and sustainable supply chain systems while reducing emissions. Frasers Property Industrial’s proposal ensured the company’s first Australian storage and distribution warehouse aligned with its broader environmental, social and governance goals.
With an intention to reduce emissions year-on-year, industry-leading solutions like the Williams-Sonoma renewable energy pilot program are critical to achieving our future sustainability goals. We intend to rollout similar pilot trials across Frasers Property Industrial estates in the near future to understand whether the renewable energy model used could become standard practice for developments built in the future.
Working with customers and partners, our proven experience and rigorous expertise continues to deliver industry-leading solutions like this.