GHD recognised for cool building upgrade

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16 November 2012

One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies, GHD, was awarded the 2012 Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) Award for Excellence, under the category of Best HVAC and Refrigeration Retrofit or Upgrade.

The Award recognised that with a limited capital budget of AUD1.5 million, GHD’s systematic approach to the analysis and design secured a AUD500,000 Green Building Fund grant for the client and delivered a spectacular outcome by reducing the 45 year old building’s carbon footprint by 70 per cent.

Speaking of the project, Principal Mechanical Engineer Lasath Lecamwasam offers, “The NABERS performance of the building improved from 2 to 4.5 stars (expected to be 5 stars next year), energy costs have reduced by AUD120,000 per year, greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 786 tonnes per year and the building valuation has increased.”

GHD fostered an excellent working relationship with the building owners, tenants and contractors, and the HVAC equipment was upgraded with minimal disruption to the occupants.

Lasath continues, “GHD developed solutions to overcome space restrictions, a limited budget and the aim to minimise disruption to tenants. Thinking innovatively, we’ve proudly delivered a high performance building.”

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