3 September 2013 — Schneider Electric has officially opened its Melbourne HQ at the Ferntree Business Park in Notting Hill, southeast of the Melbourne CBD. The company says it wants the building to become one of the most sustainable commercial office spaces in the city.
The $36 million building has a 5 Star Green Star Design rating, and is targeting 5 Star NABERS Energy and 5 Star Green Star As Built ratings. It consolidates nine of Schneider Electric’s buildings into the one space and will house 380 employees from Schneider Electric’s IT, Energy, Buildings, Industry, ECS and Clipsal businesses. The company is occupying three levels covering 5465 square metres of office space and 400 sq m of warehouse.
The building was opened last week at an event hosted by Schneider Electric global chairman and chief executive Jean Pascal Tricoire, and designed to provide customers an opportunity to see how integrated office space can lead to energy savings.
The development’s sustainable features include high performance double glazing, recycled materials, sun shading, rainwater harvesting, chilled beam airconditioning and energy efficient lighting with daylight harvesting.
It also incorporates the company’s EcoStruxure energy management technology, which includes T5 lights, lighting control and energy monitoring.
“The new Melbourne facility not only demonstrates how energy savings of up to 30 per cent can easily be achieved, it further reinforces Schneider Electric’s commitment to the future sustainability of Australia’s energy economy,” said Mr Tricoire.
The Notting Hill office follows on from four prior consolidations in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Auckland.
“We are one business and we can now demonstrate that to our Melbourne based customers with our new office,” said managing director Pacific zone Stephen Coop. “We look forward to showing our customers how an integrated office space can maximise energy savings for their customers.
“Technology innovation is critical in driving energy management, especially with the cost of energy going up across all industries. Now is an important time for businesses to consider the benefits of achieving higher energy efficiency through revolutionary technologies, and the new Melbourne office allows us to give a practical demonstration of how this can be done.”