SPH have over 10 years’ experience in the delivery of both high end Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Green Star Certified ESD projects and GBCA Green Star equivalent rated projects.
Our team understand the importance of developing designs that are low in cost across the life of a building. Our process includes thorough site analysis to understand local climatic conditions. This process informs how we approach the site and orientate buildings to maximise the potential for energy savings through passive solar design.
We are familiar with benchmarking processes for targeting green buildings in the absence of formal certification (a cost saving in certification fees). SPH has just completed this for 2 new community health centres for the WA Country Health Service.
GBCA GREEN STAR EXAMPLE PROJECTS
Waterbank Public & Community Buildings
In 2015, SPH won a Lendlease Design Competition to design and document three public and community riverfront buildings at the interface between the major Waterbank residential and commercial precinct and the northern riverside parkland.
It is intended that these three buildings collectively achieve a GBCA 6 Star Green Star Certification, i.e. ‘World Standard’.
The first sustainable design decision to be applied to these buildings is that the main structural elements will be of Forestry Stewardship Council certified timber. This will be WA’s first GBCA 6 Star Green Star, multiple level project based on structural timber.
eco541 Commercial Office
SPH designed and documented Eco 541, a 4,000sqm four storey office building on Hay Street Subiaco which is Perth’s first GBCA 5 Star Green Star Certified building whereby all of the building’s integrated tenancy fitouts also individually achieved GBCA 5 Star Green Star Certification.
The building also achieved a 6 Star NABERS Rating.
The majority of the external walls are clad in architecturally finished, highly insulated, hermetically sealed Kingspan panels. The building’s fresh air intake is 300% greater than the required minimum and stale air is purged overnight through high level vents in the atrium. In addition the plan form allows all staff proximity and access to natural daylight and views, both rain and grey water are recycled and energy and water usage are monitored through the Building Management System.
This building has delivered a highly successful, bright and joyful outcome for workers and visitors alike – an outcome which is highly reflective of the client’s commitment to, and SPH’s delivery of, a high end sustainable design.
Penny Lane Apartments
SPH were commissioned by the City of Perth to design, document and administer the construction contract for their three storey 43 apartment, key worker housing complex in Goderich Street, East Perth (adjacent to the Mint). In addition to the apartment building SPH were also to include the design, documentation and contract administration of a CoP three storey public carpark located at the rear of the site.
This project is GBCA 4 Star Green Star Certified.
Due to the maximum tenancy period being three years it was understood that ‘ownership’ of the building could not be relied on to deliver long term resident associations with the building and a sense of ‘pride of place’. This, along with a desire to produce a quality outcome that delivered durability, low materials and finishes maintenance regimes and overall value for money and fitness for purpose resulted in the use of clay face brick and environmentally appropriate tinted zinc feature panels.
ESD GBCA GREEN STAR EQUIVALENT PROJECTS
St Louis Apartments
Prior to the GBCA having a Green Star ‘Tool’ to assess multi-level residential buildings, SPH designed, documented and administered the construction contract for a highly sustainable four storey apartment building on the St Louis Retirement Estate in Claremont.
The building’s ESD features include roof mounted solar hot water system and Photo voltaic panels, recycled rain and grey water including basement tanks and pumps, high levels of thermal efficiency including double glazing, separate metering of power and water, energy efficient fixtures and fittings, use of recyclable and where possible, natural materials and avoidance of products and finishes using Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and fluoro carbons.
Low ongoing maintenance regimes were also brought into play in the design of the facades through the use of concrete, stone, painted render and zinc.
Were this building to have been rated against the future Multi-residential too it would have easily achieved a GBCA 5 Star Green Star Rating.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO)
SPH were engaged directly by RTIO to take part in the masterplanning of their major Pilbara based Port and Rail Facilities which led to our appointment to design and document numerous new and refurbishment administration, control centre, workshop, warehouse and sundry other building projects.
As part of our brief we were to deliver a design for an administration and training building capable of achieving a GBCA 4 Star Green Star Equivalent Rating.
The Wickham Administration and Training Centre design, as independently assessed by Cardno against the GBCA Green Star rating matrix achieved a GBCA 4 Star Green Star Equivalent Rating and came very close to achieving a GBCA 5 Star Green Star equivalency.
The success of the ESD design standards set by this project led to SPH being appointed to deliver their Design Standards for office Accommodation in the Pilbara document to ensure the delivery of ESD principled design across all of their new and existing building refurbishment projects.