Underneath its striking white sails set against the blue of the harbour, the Sydney Opera House is green-certified. Designed with nature in mind and building on its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Listed and globally renowned performing arts space, the Opera House has been working with Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) since 2013 to position itself as a world leader in operational sustainability performance.
The project team improved upfront carbon outcomes through use of lower-strength concrete where feasible, limiting carbon-intensive materials, opting for carbon sequestering materials, reviewing EPDs, incorporating a significant number of salvaged materials, using high-recycled content materials, using structural materials as the final finish, and minimising waste.
The 46-storey, 188m tall AMP Centre was originally designed by Peddle Thorp & Walker and constructed in 1972. It is fronted by the AMP building featuring the American-inspired curved glass curtain wall- “Sydney’s front door” providing a landmark entry to the city from the north and from the Harbour. The site is of historical and aesthetic significance as the first “skyscraper” in Sydney.
Sub Station No.164 featured the adaptive reuse of two heritage buildings, incorporating a striking steel and glass ‘bubble’ structure which appears to float above. The building offers 7,867 m2 of A-grade office space.
At 52 metres tall and 14,965 m2 of office NLA spread across 10 floors, 25 King Street is Australia’s largest commercial office building constructed Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (Glulam). As part of the $2.9 billion renewal of the Brisbane Showgrounds in Bowen Hills QLD, the project sits within one of Australia’s biggest urban renewal initiatives.
One of Australia’s smartest and most sustainable office buildings, Heritage Lanes is the expression of a partnership between Suncorp and Mirvac. From project inception, Mirvac set out to create a world-class workplace that is ‘uniquely Queensland’ with a truly flexible design to meet Suncorp’s needs and a high level of sustainability.
Fringed by national parks within the suburban streets of Sydney’s north, Chris Nunn’s home in Asquith brings the green in, in more ways than one. It is the first certified Green Star Home in Australia and shows that comfortable, resilient, electrified homes are possible now. It is also the first home to demonstrate the benefits of combining Green Star Homes and Passive House certifications.
Australia’s first all-electric aquatic centre is making waves with a sophisticated energy solution and efficient building envelope that will achieve net zero emissions in operation and pave the way for other councils committed to climate action.