The Northern Territory’s Power and Water Corporation has been awarded a 4 Star Green Star – Office Design v2 rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for its Ben Hammond Complex in Darwin.

GBCA’s Executive Director – Green Star, Robin Mellon said the new building not only showcased green features to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also demonstrated that good tropical design and sustainability can go hand-in-hand.

“Power and Water’s 4 Star Green Star building is evidence that good tropical design can overcome the challenges of distance, extreme temperatures and humidity to deliver a sustainable building,” Mr Mellon said.

Power and Water’s Employee and Organisational Services General Manager, Rebecca Kardos says that the new office was an opportunity to apply electricity, water and waste management strategies from the earliest phases of the project.

The environmental strategic design has resulted in a 20 per cent reduction in energy and water use across the site.

“Power and Water’s certification is proof positive that Green Star is evolving and can be relevant not just in all Australian climates, but in other tropical settings, such as those of Indonesia and Malaysia,” Mr Mellon says.

The GBCA recently established a new Asia-Pacific Committee to support the acceleration of green building in the region, Mr Mellon says, and the Council is looking at ways to adapt Australia’s rating tools to local conditions.

“Power and Water’s 4 Star Green Star rating is certainly a big step in the right direction for the Northern Territory and Asia-Pacific region,” Mr Mellon concludes.

Builder for the development was Laing O’Rourke and designer was GHD and Darwin-based MKEA Architects.

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