Floth’s Fortitude Valley headquarters in Brisbane has become Queensland’s first carbon neutral certified building.

A NABERS spokesperson confirmed that the building was the first in the state to be certified through the Australian government’s National Carbon Offset Standard for buildings.

The building services and engineering consultancy’s Brisbane home base has already won the company a couple of accolades, including the first six-star NABERS Indoor Environment rating in 2016.

It also became the first office to meet the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s zero carbon building standard and 6 Star Green Star Design & As Built v1.1.

The building sports a highly energy efficient design and 28 per cent on-site renewable energy contribution from its rooftop solar system. The remaining operational emissions are offset by 100 per cent Greenpower purchases.

The decision to apply for NCOS carbon neutrality was a “natural progression of our sustainable policies and practices to date”, Floth managing director Glenn Ralph told The Fifth Estate.

Floth to expand into new disciplines and locations

Currently employing 115 staff across its offices in Jakarta, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, Mr Ralph said the company intends to keep expanding the disciplines it offers and the geographic locations it operates in. 

The engineering consultancy strives to be a “consultant based organisation” with an emphasis on “knowledge and technical expertise rather than an approach of just being technical managers or facilitators”. 

“Subsequently, our vision is for a business based on a brand enhancing culture where the mantra is to do more rather than less and to proactively seek to provide value for our clients,” he said.

He said the company also strives to “continually staying abreast of the latest technologies”.

Wellness and technology services in high demand

Mr Ralph said that the company is experiencing increasing interest and growth WELL building design, carbon neutral building design, digital engineering (BIM) and building technologies (IoT).

“Simply, this demand is driven by increasing client and end-user expectations, arising out of progression in engineering and sustainable design techniques and technologies,” he said.

This demand is coming from a range of sectors, according to Mr Ralph, including commercial, retail, residential, hotels, aged care/retirement and infrastructure.

Significant projects for the company include Wesley Place in Melbourne, a 55,000 square metre commercial office tower for Charter Hall that is targeting a minimum of Well Standard Gold Certification, 6 Star Green Star and 5 Star NABERS Energy.

The company has also been involved in 10 Green Field School Projects for the Queensland Department of Education delivered through a public–private partnership and a mixed used development in Sydney’s Parramatta. The western Sydney suburb’s 6 Hassall Street encompasses 28,500 metres square net lettable area of education and commercial space for Charter Hall and WSU in a joint venture.

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