9 June, 2010 – CSR’s new headquarters in Sydney’s north-west has achieved a 5 Star Green Star – Office Interiors v1, with features projected to cut carbon emissions by 50 per cent in the first year.

The offices are in the Triniti III building in Stockland Triniti campus, and the rating complements the 5 Star Green Star – Office As Built v2 already achieved for buildings I and II.

CSR chief executive officer of building products and aluminium division
Rob Sindel said that since the company moved in in January there was already evidence of cultural change.

“The standards achieved through the fitout have driven cultural change within the organisation. Our energy consumption costs are down, our staff have better breakout amenities and there is a much better level of communication with our new open plan working environment.”

Sustainable design features include:

  • Ecophon floating acoustic panels for optimal acoustic performance, which are suspended from the ceiling. According to a CSR spokesperson, it is the first time the acoustic panels have been used in an Australian office fitout, earning an extra point from the GBCA during the Green Star rating assessment. Along with planning, manuals on how to maximise the use of the acoustic panels within the office plan were used to educate staff to help deliver a better indoor environment quality for workers. Further acoustic benefits are delivered by the use of Fricker ceiling systems and Ecophon wall panels used in meeting rooms and breakout areas.
  • Energy efficient lighting controlled by time switches, movement sensors and perimeter sensors. A CSR spokesperson said that the majority of the office lighting is provided by T5 fluorescent bulbs and that the use of LED lighting on the underside of the staircase and the sky signage had led to a “significant reduction in power usage.”
  • CSR Gyprock EC08 Fire plasterboard, a fire grade board with high acoustic properties was used throughout the building and fit-out. EC08 was the first Australian-made plasterboard to be certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia and therefore assisted by reducing the documentation required to contribute to the Green Star certification points, the company said.
  • Internal glass stairs designed to reduce the environmental impact of the building and improve the indoor environmental quality of the fit-out.
  • Bradford Glasswool Partition Batts, used for the ceilings and partitions, also improved acoustics of the building and also contributed to improving the building’s energy efficiency and level of comfort.
  • The use of Viridian’s EVantage SuperBlue glass for the façade, with a vertical glaze, offers good light transmission and reduced the need for artificial lighting within the building. Performance of this glass was enhanced by using it in the Viridian ThermoTech Double Low E insulating glass units. This minimises variations in office temperature, which ultimately improves comfort and reduces the running costs of the building: an important green star contribution.
  • The indoor environment quality of the office space was also carefully considered, with the placement of workspaces designed to optimise the provision of natural light provided from floor to ceiling glazing.
  • The majority of workstations are positioned within a maxium eight metres of the windows to allow long distance views and a visual connection to the outdoors. All staff members – including management – are in open plan workspaces which encourages collaboration, the company said.
  • The indoor environment quality is further enhanced through indoor plants, the use of materials with low or no volatile organic compounds and separately enclosed and exhausted print and photocopy rooms. The use of gyprock compounds, adhesives and sealants, all of which have low VOCs also had a positive impact on Green Star credits.
  • CSR claims the project embraced the “three Rs” of “reduce, reuse, recycle” – for example, the number of printers, copiers, scanners and fax machines has been reduced from 129 to 22 machines; 17 of which are large multi-function machines located in central utility rooms.
  • Additionally, a survey carried out internally revealed that, on average, 45 per cent of employees were leaving their computers on at night. CSR has implemented a power saving initiative to put PCs into hibernation mode after 2 hours, which will save approximately 45 per cent of PC energy consumption. A CSR spokesperson said that the two hour trigger for hibernation was decided upon by consultant as the most ideal time period.

CSR product is used throughout the Triniti III building and includes includes Virdian glass, Bradford insulation, Gyprock plasterboard, Cemintel fibre cement, Fricker ceiling systems, Hebel aerated concrete and Rockcore & Alturi panel systems.

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