An Australian office building has been recognised for its sustainable design and performance, after snagging an international award from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).
69 Robertson Street in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley was crowned a champion of green building at the WorldGBC’s Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards for 2016 at a ceremony in Mumbai.
Engineering firm Floth, which designed and occupies the building, was presented with the Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance (Commercial) award.
According to the Green Building Council of Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew, 69 Robertson Street was the first building in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star – Design & As Built v1.1 rating.
“69 Robertson Street is an energy-efficiency powerhouse – and we are delighted that Floth, a long-time member of the Green Building Council of Australia, has been recognised for its regional leadership in sustainable design,” Ms Madew says.
“Floth understands that green buildings are not only better for the environment – they can also attract quality tenants, reinforce a company’s brand and future-proof its assets,” Ms Madew adds.
The WorldGBC’s Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance Award is presented to green building projects that set new benchmarks for sustainability, with three sub-category winners for residential, commercial and institutional buildings.
Energy modelling has predicted that 69 Robertson Street generates 53 per cent fewer operational carbon emissions than a building built to code. A roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system offsets 28 per cent of the building’s final operational energy, and the building will also be zero carbon in operation through the purchase of 100 per cent GreenPower supply.
Other winners at the WorldGBC’s regional leadership awards include India’s Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, as well as two projects in Hong Kong: Construction Industry Council’s Zero Carbon Building and Double Cove.
Green building projects and companies were nominated by the 15 green building councils which make up the WorldGBC’s Asia Pacific Regional Network.
“Four nominations really pushed the boundaries on sustainability, and in the eyes of our judges stood out as true green building leaders. They have raised the bar for others to follow and are deserved winners of the awards,” says Terri Wills, chief executive officer of the WorldGBC.
The Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards are biennial awards, first held in 2014, which showcase and celebrate the achievements of companies pushing the envelope on sustainable buildings in the region. Floth is the first Australian award winner across all categories.