Friday, October 26, 2007

Canberra building gets 6 Star Green Rating

Trevor Pearcey HouseKevin Miller and Katy Mutton talked at the ACS Green IT Group last week about their design for the refurbishment of Trevor Pearcey House. The building has now been granted a 6 Star Green certification and a there will be a seminar about it 20 November 2007:
Breakfast with the stars

6 Stars for CSR

As companies now focus on improving their Corporate Social Responsibility, the search has begun to find a building that incorporates and reflects the organisation’s environmental beliefs. Can green buildings hold the key to showcasing and promoting the correlation between an organisation’s ethics and actions? Will this help to raise the company profile, and attract and retain staff and clients?

This seminar will give you an insight into the newest 6 Star Green Star – Office Design certified building for Australian Ethical Investment. This refurbishment reflects the important elements of design for AEI – structure, environment, people and location.

After a brief presentation on the project, a panel will be convened to allow for audience questions and discussion.

This seminar is recommended for anyone currently involved with, or contemplating using, Green Star.

Attendees to the breakfast are also invited to join the Green Building Council Australia for a site tour of the Australian Ethical Investment building. Places are strictly limited.

This building has a number of environmental features that have been developed to maximise the potential for passive systems such as natural ventilation and lighting. The atrium area on the first floor tempers the air in both winter and summer to allow fresh air intake without mechanical

Lighting to the perimeter and adjacent to the atrium are separately switched which allows maximum advantage of available daylight. Lighting is also timer and occupancy controlled to allow lights to be switched off when not required and the base level lighting is low and supplemented with task light at individual work areas.

One of the most interesting features of the refurbishment has been the level of recycling and reuse of materials. The Architects and Construction managers worked collaboratively to ensure as many materials as possible were reused in the construction.

For example, carpet tiles were reused and supplemented with more recycled carpet tiles, steel hanging frames and mesh found in the ceiling space were reused to make a bike enclosure, 90% of the joinery cupboards were made from old cupboards found in the building and recycled timber was used for feature floors and walls.

Some of the recycling led to inspired elements within the building such as two walls made from old timber palettes and, most notably, art work made from old computer floor tiles.

Owner Howard Pender - Australian Ethical Investment
ES D Consultant (Green Star Professional) Warren Overton - Viridis
Architect Kevin Miller - Collard Clarke Jackson
Interior Designer Katy Mutton - Collard Clarke Jackson

DATE : Tuesday 20 November 2007
For further information contact Green Building Council of Australia

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