GHD finds a new green home

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17 September 2012

In a happy coincidence for Mother Nature, engineering, architecture and environmental consulting company GHD is moving 750 of its people to new green premises at 145 Ann Street Brisbane - coinciding with World Green Buildings Week.

Registered for a Green Star - Office Design rating and targeting a 6 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, a 4 Star NABERS water rating and a 5 Star NABERS energy rating through a range of environmentally sensitive strategies, 145 Ann Street looks set to change the way commercial spaces interact with the environment. Initiatives that will contribute to the rating include:

  • Indoor air quality will be improved by installation of low emission furniture, office plants and separate air exhausts for print rooms
  • Energy sub-metering will help us understand where energy is being consumed and assist our ongoing targeted efficiency improvements
  • Separate visitor and tenant cycle facilities are provided in the basement
  • Lighting reduces energy consumption through use of daylight sensors which adjust lighting levels around the building perimeter and occupancy sensors which turn off lights in unoccupied areas

GHD’s fitout has been has been integrated within the base building construction, to minimise waste during the process. Approximately 90% of construction waste has been reused or recycled.

GHD’s Manager for South Queensland Warren Traves offers, “We’re excited to be combining four of our tenancies into one new building. Our people are looking forward to a new fitout including breakout spaces, numerous meeting and quiet rooms, bicycle storage, lockers, showers and a GHD Café.”

The premises is the first project in Australia to be publicly supported by the Heart Foundation and includes its Healthy by Design features such as a cycle centre with full end of trip facilities, a healthy choice cafe and user friendly stairwells running to all floors from the ground level.

“The Healthy by Design resource puts the needs of people, their health and their community at the centre of the design and construction of urban environments,” Warren continues.

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