Nathan Paine, SA executive director of the Property Council of Australia (PCA), says South Australia has plenty of reasons to feel optimistic.
Speaking at a recent luncheon of members of the SA Division of the Building Services Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA), he said the State’s population growth rate is the highest for three decades and on track to achieve a population of two million by 2028.
“This robust growth, on top of the State Government’s infrastructure investment in roads and rail, including $2 billion over ten years in modernizing the metropolitan rail network, combined with a nation-leading planning system, will deliver certainty and positive outcomes for all South Australians. Despite the current challenging financial conditions, we believe the government’s stimulus package will position the State well for the future.
“In the meantime, we still need to focus on other issues such as sustainability. The Property Council of Australia’s policy is to target new sustainability outcomes from the built environment, including the capture and reuse of stormwater and a re-design of the CBD”.
According to Paine, one of the key drivers of innovation in the property sector has been the shift to sustainability based on the needs and desires of tenants. This has resulted in the Adelaide CBD leading the country with more five star green star office spaces than anywhere else in the country.
“We also have the largest 5-star Green Star building in Australia – ANZ House in Waymouth Street and the greenest building in the nation, SA Water in Victoria Square.
“As we focus on sustainable outcomes in our buildings, we need to review some of our work practices. Almost invariably, office cleaning is carried out at night and this means that internal lighting is used for many hours outside the working day.
“Some of our members are looking at every option to reduce their energy use and their impact on climate change and are looking seriously at daytime cleaning. Clearly there are some issues to be considered; occupational health, safety, practical and cost but despite these we believe the idea is worthy of consideration”, he said.