Commonwealth Bank Place at Sydney’s Darling Quarter has become the first building in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star quadrella, earning a 6 Star Green Star Performance rating to add to its 6 Star Green Star certifications for Design, As Built and Interiors.
Managing director of Lendlease’s Australian Investment Management business Kylie Rampa said the rating was in line with co-owner Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial’s focus on next generation, highly sustainable commercial assets.
“From an ownership perspective, a better performing building delivers a number of direct economic benefits to stakeholders including more productive workplaces and precincts which generate greater value,” she said.
“APPF Commercial has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, which is emphasised by buildings that are outperforming on a global scale and a collection of 6 Star certifications…”
The GBCA Performance tool measures the operational performance of a building in nine areas across both environmental and social factors. Commonwealth Bank Place scored 81 points out of a possible 100, exceeding the 6 Star benchmark of 75 points.
Completed in 2012 at a cost of $500 million, the building’s 58,000 square metres of premium office space is fully occupied by CommBank.
Sustainability initiatives include a high-performance facade; energy-efficient HVAC; rainwater harvesting and re-use; onsite blackwater treatment and recycling; energy-efficient lighting; and a trigeneration system. Together these mean the building generates 50 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than an average commercial office building and consumes 80 per cent less drinking water.
“We have worked closely with APPF Commercial and Lendlease to ensure this workplace maximises our energy and water efficiency while creating a healthier working environment for our people,” CommBank’s head of group property Jennifer Saiz said.
“Commonwealth Bank Place is not only an environmentally sustainable workplace. Our activity based working design has also promoted collaboration and flexibility in how we work, which is delivering better outcomes for our customers.”
The building has garnered a number of major awards since completion, including best new sustainable building and development of the year in the 2013 Property Council of Australia awards, and the 2012 Banksia Award for the Built Environment category.