Retrofit : Volume 4 Issue 2 2015
retrofit australia • volume 4 number 2 | 2015• 7 News | T he Tower, which is the tallest in Sydney, was designed by New York architects Kohn Pederson Fox, along with Travis McEwen. The building was originally completed in 1992, but it was essentially a 1980s design. Subsequently, over the past few years, it has undergone some simple, yet undeniably effective changes that have reshaped its operations for the better. The green retrofit project was a collaborative effort between the owners, Singapore-based GIC, and building managers JLL, and took place between 2008 and 2014, with a majority of the work carried out in 2012 and 2013. Mostly comprising office space, the building also includes an area with more than 30 retailers, including cafés and food outlets; however, the operators engaged in sound project management, and conducted the overhaul while the building was fully occupied, to great effect. The returns have been immediate, and estimates by JLL show that the building’s electricity consumption has been reduced by 55 per cent since its 2008 baseline readings, which also reflects a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. These sustainability measures have been rewarded with a 4.5 Star NABERS rating, as well as the global Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) award. The CTBUH award aims to acknowledge tall buildings that have performed with minimal environmental impact that can be measured – as opposed to projects with good intentions, but no outcome – a sentiment that is reflective of the operators’ goals. JLL’s Head of the Premium Asset Group, Property and Asset Management, Mike George, says that the award and NABERS rating make Chifley Tower a ‘highly desirable’ energy-efficient office space. One of the key factors that led to the retrofit project was the fear that the Chifley Tower was no longer going to be a competitor in the corporate real estate market, as other leading buildings took steps to become energy-efficient, and therefore more desirable for tenants. ‘This award gives testament that established commercial properties can achieve impressive sustainability ratings to compete with the newest office stock currently being offered to the market,’ says George. Tenants can now enjoy reduced energy costs, as well as more efficient workspaces. One of the major components that received a complete overhaul was the building’s lighting. JLL replaced the light fittings in the car park and back of the building; installed C-Bus controlled lighting throughout the building and LED sensor lighting in other areas; and designed a new Retrofitting office buildings to combat rising energy prices and lower energy consumption is no longer a thing of the future, with major facilities undergoing sustainable transformations like never before – and the 42-storey Chifley Tower, located at 2 Chifley Square, Sydney, is setting a global example. In July, Chifley Tower won the 2015 Performance Award from the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, cementing its status as a global exemplar of energy efficiency through building upgrades.
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