Australia, commercial buildings are major users of energy and water,
with demand for these utilities increasing everyday.
is predicated that commercial buildings will account for 20% of
Australia's greenhouse emissions by 2010.
unsustainable level of demand creates the need for costly investment
in additional base-load and peak energy infrastructure resulting
in even more GHG emissions.
we face immediate environmental and financial pressure due to this
the challenge is to investigate and invent practical and affordable
solutions which are replicable.
"green" is an opportunity to use our resources efficiently while
creating healthier buildings that improve human health, build a
better environment, incorporate local ecology, a sense of place
and provide cost savings.
building seeks to achieve a level of best practice in environmental
sustainable design for a commercial building in a tropical environment.
vision of the greent
building is to feature design elements that set new standards in
environmental sustainability, imagination and innovation in a tropical
project recognises the competing issues in energy and water management
as well as the competing issues of interaction between building,
the living, appropriate working space for users, and residential
building will strive for a greater balance of the natural, the social
and the economic environments in which the project is sited.
greent building design
seeks to minimise the total environmental impact of its materials,
construction, operation and deconstruction while maximising opportunities
for indoor environmental quality and performance.
greent building endeavours
to be constructed and operated so to create an internal micro-climate,
contributing to a reduction in energy consumption and produce more
appropriate commercial ands social conditions in the tropics.
projects outcomes are to be benchmarked against government and private
rating tools with the optimistic anticipation that it will become
a research and development model for sustainability with a green
Key Features being explored for the greent
- water conservation and innovative tropically appropriate water
- improvements, tenancy sub-metering, peak energy demand reduction,
verandas, operational screens for shading, roof top integrated
with photovoltaic's solar harvesting, thermal storage, passive
light supply, systems to feedback into energy generation, environmental
Air - more efficient mechanical systems, monitoring localised
target delivery, indoor spaces, communal spaces, roof gardens,
- external views, thermal comfort, individual comfort control,
maximise natural ventilation and air change effectiveness (i.e.
use natural breezes and climate to enhance clean air and reduce
internal pollution), daylight/electric lighting levels
- local native shrubs and greenery to encourage local native
birds such as sunbirds, figbirds and honeyeaters and to soften
building structure and provide shade and ambience
Materials - workstations, lighting, lightweight construction
materials for roof, introduced landscaped walls and edges
- provision of car parking, cyclist facilities, commuting public
transport, shuttle services, city loop service to connect parking
and CBD workplace (possibly electric)
vision of the greent
building endeavours to work towards becoming the living proof that
energy hungry commercial buildings can become productive healthy
places to work and live, as well as a great place to lay foundations
for sustainable business well into the future.