Building innovation and excellence

Whether its custom building a sustainable structure or retro-fitting a heritage-listed one, the Built Environment finalists share a passion for raising the bar on emission reductions and creating new benchmarks in building practices.

The Built Environment award recognises demonstrated excellence and innovation in designing, constructing, retrofitting and managing existing or new buildings, precincts and tenancies. This work can apply to commercial, residential, heritage properties in NSW as well as infrastructure projects.

Cbus Property and DEXUS Property Group: standout development at No 5 Martin Place

Fondly known as the Money Box, No. 5 Martin Place is one of Sydney’s best-known heritage sandstone buildings. Re-developed in 2015 in what is a new benchmark for office buildings in Sydney, Dexus retained the 1916/1933 building including the whole façade, structure and significant spaces and reinstated the beautiful light-filled atrium from the earlier building.

They replaced the 1968 part of the building with a new extension that reflects the height, scale, design concept and proportions of the adjoining 1916 Martin Place façade, then built a new cantilevered ten-storey tower. Indoor air quality was hugely improved, with at least 150% more outside air than required under Australian Standards.

The standout achievement from this development was the beautiful and sympathetic integration between the modern engineering solutions and the iconic heritage structure.

Frasers Property Australia: locking in real outcomes in sustainable living

Built on an old golf course surrounded by communal outdoor areas and ecological precincts, Fairwater, Frasers Property Australia’s residential development in Blacktown has been awarded the first 6-Star Green Star – Communities rating in NSW.

Fairwater’s key sustainability benefits include the largest geothermal community energy supply in the southern hemisphere, and a grey-water system used in toilets, laundry and irrigation.

Frasers is also funding rehabilitation of the riverside corridor and enhancement of the site’s biodiversity.

‘Sustainability is at the heart of our operations,’ says sustainability coordinator Olivia Leal-Walker. ‘Frasers fosters new ideas to support people and the planet, and undertakes tangible initiatives to help people lead happier, healthier lives.’

Mirvac: 6-Star rating in Kent Street

The Mirvac-built Westpac head office at 275 Kent Street, Sydney is one of Australia’s largest office buildings. It is also one of the first in Australia to achieve a 6-Star Green Star Performance rating.

The building includes a range of technical and operational innovations such as a cogeneration plant and an onsite organic waste processing system. LED lights with integrated microwave sensors were installed in fire stairs and through much of the back-of-house areas. Condensate capture from air-handling units provides a regular non-potable water source.

Mirvac’s sustainability manager David Palin says that ‘stakeholder engagement and working proactively with our tenant, Westpac’ was the key to many of the building’s sustainability benefits.

That’s a great aim for other building projects.

Westpac: strong track record in sustainability

The first retail fit-out in Australia to be awarded a 6-Star Green Star – Interiors rating. That’s the reward for Westpac’s focus on environmental solutions in its development of the St George Barangaroo branch on the edge of Sydney’s CBD.

All furniture and building materials in the fit-out were selected to reduce internal air pollutants and will have a reduced environmental impact over their entire lifecycle compared to standard products. Water and energy consumption will be minimised and community organisations will be able to use the branch premises outside office hours.

As St George’ retail general manager Ross Miller points out: ‘This recognition underscores our commitment to ensuring we operate sustainably to support a healthy, happy and productive workplace for our people and our visiting customers, as well as contributing to better outcomes for our environment’.

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An independent judging panel has decided the best nominees in NSW in the Built Environment category of the Green Globe Awards. A gala evening will be held in October to announce and celebrate the winners.

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