Retrofit : Volume 3 Issue 1 2014
34 • RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 3 NUMBER 1 2014 | Company Profile When purchased in early 2007, the building at 115 Batman Street, West Melbourne, was a derelict ex- machine shop/factory building. Engineering consultancy and building owners Norman Disney & Young (NDY) embarked on a redevelopment of the building to provide accommodation for the NDY Victorian office and Melbourne-based corporate staff. The building has achieved a 5 Star Green Star v2 rating for design, a 5 Star As Built rating and a 5 Star Fitout rating making it one of the first buildings in Australia to have three specific Green Star successes. In achieving its Green Star credentials, the building has incorporated clever design features, including chilled beam technology, energy-efficient lighting and GECA- certified furniture throughout. 'The finished project provides a light-filled vibrant workspace that has been very well received by staff and visitors to the building,' says NDY Global Director of Sustainability Tony Arnel. 'Retention of the existing external brick walls provides high thermal inertia and the high-performance double-glazing complements the passive chilled beam air-conditioning system to the ground, first and second floors to create the highest level of indoor environment quality.' The building has been designed to maximise occupancy comfort and minimise energy consumption. Intelligent building and lighting control systems eliminate unnecessary energy wastage, while the supply of fresh air to the bottom three levels at twice the minimum code requirement ensures optimal indoor conditions. The successful transformation of 115 Batman Street is such that the Green Building Council of Australia has selected the building as a pilot project for the recently launched Green Star Performance rating tool. Upon certification, it will mean Batman Street is a quadruple-rated Green Star building, making it unique in both national and international terms. NDY was the first sponsor of the Performance tool when GBCA first announced this new rating, and according to the GBCA's Chief Executive, Romilly Madew, NDY's sponsorship reinforces NDY's international reputation as a leader in sustainable building practices. 'NDY's expertise and experience will be essential in helping us to identify best practice operational procedures and benchmarks for existing buildings, and develop a holistic rating tool that incorporates all Green Star categories into one rating,' Ms Madew says. According to Arnel, existing buildings represent the single biggest opportunity to reduce the environmental impact from the built environment. 'The link between commissioning, tuning, operations and management has been absent from the discussion. This Performance Tool is a real opportunity to bring those influences together; it's a missing piece of the rating tools scheme. 'NDY is proud of its market- leading position in sustainable building, and we are pleased to support the development of this new rating tool, which will help us to assess the performance of our Green Star-designed buildings in operation, as well as providing an opportunity for our clients that do not have Green Star-designed buildings to embark on their Green Star path,' Mr Arnel concludes. For further information, visit ndy.com How a Green Star building keeps on giving About Tony Arnel Tony is NDY's chief sustainability strategist working across the global network of offices and all market sectors, including buildings, transport, industrial and utilities. He was a founding member of the Green Building Council of Australia (2002--2013) and was the Chair for five years between 2007 and 2012. He was an elected Director of the World Green Building Council (2006--2012) and was the Chair for three years between 2008 and 2011.
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