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Brief: The indoor fitout of a former wool store in Sydney’s inner city has gained WWF-Australia a 5 Star Green Star Interiors rating.

Serving as WWF’s headquarters, the building’s interior is designed to replicate natural elements, including its lighting and open-plan spaces, which feature plants, wood, bark and natural colours.

Other features include meeting rooms and breakout areas to encourage collaboration, a high-efficiency HVAC system that maximises natural air, recycled office furnishings and FSC-certified timbers.

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“We are delighted to receive this vote of confidence from the Green Building Council of Australia,” WWF-Australia chief executive Dermot O’Gorman said.

“It reaffirms WWF’s commitment to environmental sustainability, not just in the work we do but also how we operate.

“This has been a very worthwhile investment for the organisation as it reduces our ongoing overheads and increases our effectiveness, while demonstrating our commitment to environmental sustainability.”

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The Interiors tool assesses the sustainability of indoor fitouts across nine categories, including energy and water efficiency, carbon emissions and quality of indoor environment quality.

“This historic wool store is nearly a 100 years old, which goes to show that even old buildings can be made environmentally sustainable,” Mr O’Gorman said.